Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

A new NFP scholarship application window will be open this Summer. As soon as we have received information from Nuffic about the dates and the procedure, we'll publish it here, on our social media channels and in our newsletter.

During the upcoming window, the following courses will be open for NFP applications:

What is NFP?

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is a demand-driven fellowship programme designed to foster capacity building within organisations by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members.

NFP-fellowships cover your travel costs, accommodation and course fee.

NFP is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development co-operation, and run by NUFFIC, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education. 

More information on NFP by Nuffic

Who is eligible for NFP?

To be eligible for a scholarship under the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a national of one of the following countries (also see Nuffics country list): Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Macedonia, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru,Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • You are not applying for more than one course with the same NFP application deadline
  • You are not employed by a multinational corporation, a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, a bilateral or multinational donor organisation, or a large national and/or commercial organisation
  • You have not already received two NFP fellowships for short courses in the past
  • You have not already received an NFP fellowship for a short course in the year prior to this fellowship application

Nuffic's selection criteria are described in greater detail here

Freelancers are eligible too

Are you a freelancer? You can apply for an NFP scholarship too! What you should do is to write your own employer’s statement. You can find the requirements of what it should include in this here.

In addition, you can upload one or more testimonies written by your most important client(s) and/or registration(s) of your activities with your authorities, like a press card. You can upload these documents in the section ‘Employer’s statement’.

Freelance media professionals will be reviewed on the same criteria as those who are employed. You will have the same chance to be admitted as someone who works for an organisation or company.

Apply for an NFP fellowship

Your application consists of two parts:

  • Your application with RNTC: for the course
  • Your application with Nuffic: for the NFP scholarship

The full process consists of the following steps:

  1. Apply with RNTC at
  2. You will be notified by RNTC within two weeks on your eligibility for the course
  3. Simultaneously, you can start your application for the scholarship. If you apply for the first time, start with the knock-out-questions If you already have an account, you can login here
  4. Now you will need some patience. Nuffic will inform you after about 12-16 weeks time about the outcome. You will be informed both if your application is rejected and if it is successful.
  5. At all times, you can check the status of your application by logging on to the SOL website.

More about RNTC's application procedure

More about Nuffic's application procedure

What courses are open for NFP?

Please note that not all of our courses are supported by NFP. Whether or not the course of your choice is NFP supported, you can find on the individual course pages.

What are my chances?

Many hundreds of RNTC students have studied at RNTC with an NFP fellowship. However, we want to inform you that there are only a limited number of fellowships available for each NFP supported course.

Your chances of obtaining an NFP scholarship go up if you:

  • live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • are a woman
  • belong to a priority group and/or are from a marginalised region as defined by the Dutch embassy in your country

Where do I start my application: RNTC or NFP

If you want to opt for a fellowship to cover the costs of the course, you need to apply both with RNTC (for your course application) and with Nuffic (for a fellowship).

You can start both applications at the same time.

  • If you have only a few weeks until the NFP application deadline, it's wise to start with your NFP application, as some elements in the NFP application process require time.
  • In other cases, it’s wise to start with RNTC and to wait for the answer whether or not you are eligible.

Help with my NFP application

There are many ways to find help: