Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)
The next NFP application window opens on 1 December 2013. It closed on 4 February. You can than apply for a scholarship for:
- Broadcast Management (29 Sept - 10 Oct 2014)
- Mastering Social Media (1-12 Sept 2014)
- Training the Trainers (8 Sept - 17 Oct 2014)
- Using Media for Development (15 - 26 Sept 2014)
- Video Journalism (8 - 19 Sept 2014)
You can now already apply for these courses with RNTC (to be admitted to the course) via www.rntc.nl/applynow
Ask Tony: live video chat
During the previous application window, we have organised an "Ask Tony" session: a live video chat for help with your questions regarding your NFP application.
Many posted their question on our Facebook page and received the answer from Tony on video.
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.
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 a national of one of the following countries*: 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 and Zimbabwe.
- This country list is effective from August 1st 2013. You may notice a change. The Dutch government decided that nationals from 14 countries are no longer eligible, 2 countries have been added to the list.
Scrapped: Bosnia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cuba, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Iran, Kosovo, Moldova, Namibia.
Added: Djibouti, Somalia.
- 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 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:
- You will be notified by RNTC within two weeks on your eligibility for the course
- start with the knock-out-questions If you already have an account, you can login here
- 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.
- At all times, you can check the status of your application by logging on to the SOL website.
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:
- Check our FAQ
- Nuffic describes the SOL application procedure
- There is a SOL manual
- Also, you can contact RNTC’s honorary ambassador in your country
- Most Dutch embassies have NFP-officers who can assist
- You can also contact Nuffic directly, using their contact form or e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you include:
# a detailed description of your problem
# your full name and your date of birth
# your file number (if available)
- Finally, don't miss our article with tips and tricks how to get an NFP scholarship with the experiences of others.