Netherlands Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Netherlands Fellowships

NFP General Information including the NFP Flyer 

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) is a fellowship programme initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for Development Cooperation. By clicking on this link you will find the official NFP Flyer,, then click search


The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations. The need for training has to be within the context of an organization. This implicates that applicants have to be nominated by their employers. Applications without employer’s support are considered not eligible.

Target group

The NFP is targeted at mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in one of the 50 NFP countries, of which the United Republic of Tanzania is one. By successfully completing a study programme, they will return to their jobs with the skills to further develop and strengthen the organisations that employ them.  

The demand for education and training has to be connected with the institutional development of the employing organisations. The employer is therefore the one who needs to nominate the candidates for further training. Candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, women and those who belong to a priority group and / or live in underprivileged areas are specifically asked to apply for an NFP scholarship.

Important Notice

A new phase of the NFP (NFP II) started on 1 July 2013. This new phase leads to policy changes which have an impact on procedures and criteria.

  • The information provided on these web pages applies to the February 2014 and May 2014 deadlines.
  • New application and selection procedures apply starting with the deadline of October 2014.
  • There is one fellowship application deadline per year for PhD. This deadline is in October.
  • The country list has been reduced (this change was already effective starting with the 1 October 2013 fellowship application deadline).
  • Please note that the information provided on this website applies to the February 2014 and May 2014 deadlines. More information on the new procedures for the October 2014 deadline and onwards, and other changes with regard to NFP II, will be made available in mid 2014 on
  • There is one fellowship application deadline per year for PhD. This deadline is in October.
  • The country list has been reduced (this change was already effective starting with the 1 October 2013 fellowship application deadline).

Alumni remain an important target group within NFP II. At this moment Nuffic is developing new alumni programme activities. For the time being, refresher courses, start-up subsidies and co financing of activities will be continued. 

NFP Sub-Programmes

The NFP offers several sub-programmes. Each sub-programme has a separate section on the Nuffic website with information about eligibility criteria, application, selection and deadlines. For applying, there is a special area in the website: Scholarship Online (SOL). Before you start, please check the applicable deadline of the programme you want to apply below. Please visit the following website which is an online Nuffic database course list.

  • PhD Studies
  • Short courses
  • Master’s degree programmes
  • Tailor-made trainings

 Nuffic also offers subsidies for alumni activities.

  • Refresher courses
  • NAA start-up subsidies
  • Co-financing of alumni activities

For more information on procedures, eligibility-criteria, institutes etc. please go to  

Admission to Dutch Institution

In order to obtain an NFP-fellowship, you must have been admitted to a Dutch Institute. Please go to ( for the procedures. Approach the institute directly for the details. Do not upload the admission letter from the institute when you apply through SOL for a scholarship. The Dutch institution will inform Nuffic whether you have been admitted unconditionally.

The admission procedure to a Dutch institute and the application for an NFP fellowship in SOL can be done at the same time. Applications by email are not accepted.

Applying in SOL

To apply, a candidate can access the SOL application through the following website ( On this website, you can find a detailed explanation on how to use SOL.

This text on the website of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is only an abridged explanation.

The Scholarship Online (SOL)

Scholarship Online is an online fellowship application and selection tool developed by Nuffic. SOL enables candidates to apply for scholarship programmes administered by Nuffic. All NFP fellowship applications are registered in SOL. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Paper applications will no longer be accepted, see ( Candidates cannot change or make modifications after submitting their application online. Nuffic will communicate with all parties using automated email messages sent via SOL.

In order to apply, go to and select the programme for which you wish to apply (master’s degree programmes, PhD programmes or short courses). Then select ‘Fellowship application procedure’ and click on the link to ‘prepare a fellowship application’ in SOL.

However, before applying, it is recommendable to download the SOL user manual for applicants from the Nuffic website on ( Incase the procedure isn’t clear, you can visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on ( Which provides answers to most questions relating to the NFP applications. If you are still having difficulties you can contact the Fellowship Officer of the Netherlands Embassy by email:

The Selection procedure for Scholarships

The selection procedure for NFP scholarships has very strict time frames. Selected candidates may have to respond to an availability request within a very short period. Therefore, candidates who have submitted an application should carefully examine the time frame of the selection procedure which can be found on the Nuffic website: ( It is also the responsibility of a candidate to regularly check SOL on the status of his/her application.


  • Opens registration in SOL three months before the fellowship application deadline. Deadlines may vary and can be found on the Nuffic website.
  • Automatically runs applications through a series of ‘knockout questions’ before candidates submit their fellowship application in SOL.
  • Informs candidates when a Dutch institution has accepted him/her as admitted to the course or programme.

Eligibility criteria checked by Nuffic

Candidates applying for an NFP fellowship must meet a lot of criteria. The most important criteria are mentioned below. Check ( for the complete list of criteria.

  • Be a mid-career professional with at least three years work experience.
  • Must be working and living in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list of which Tanzania is one. Furthermore, the candidate should have the nationality of one of the developing countries on the NFP-country list. The country list which will be looked at is the valid list at the moment of the application.
  • Be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidates salary, and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to the same or an equivalent position at the end of the fellowship.
  • Have been admitted unconditionally to one of the programmes by a Dutch institution.
  • Accept the NFP Rules and Regulations.
  • Accept the SOL privacy terms and conditions.
  • Offer evidence that he/she is sufficiently skilled in speaking and writing in the language of communication during the course, which may be English, French or Spanish. If this is English, candidates who have received their tertiary education in any language other than English must provide evidence in the form or a score in an internationally recognized test, such as or recognized equivalent to IELTS (a score of at least 6.0) or TOEFL (a score of at least 550 points).
  • Not have applied for more than one course or programme with the same NFP sub-programme deadline.
  • Meet other NFP criteria. see

The Netherlands Embassy in Dar es Salaam performs the 2nd eligibility check

The Netherlands Embassy, amongst others,

  •  Assesses all applications for fellowships for master’s degrees, PhD studies and short courses;
  • Requests a candidate to submit to the Embassy a statement of motivation in English with a maximum of 300 words, responding to the following questions;
    • Why do you wish to pursue this course?
    • How will your employing organisation benefit from the course you wish to take?
    • How will you put your new skills and knowledge to work when you return to your employing organization?
    • How will your country benefit from the course you wish to take?
    • How does the course you intend to follow connect with your education background and your professional background?
  • Checks the documents which need to be submitted. Some examples of documents which will be checked: 
    • A copy of the candidate’s passport or valid identity document.
    • Employer’s statement about the candidate’s working experience, the guarantee that the candidate’s salary will continue and that the candidate can return his/her original position, printed on the employing organisation’s official letter paper and bearing anofficial stamp and signature of the candidate’s superior.
    • For Tanzanian citizens; a statement from the government. The form can be downloaded from Nuffic website ( and should be filled out by either the Public Service Management in the President’s Office in Dar es Salaam or by the RAS in the region where the candidate resides. 
  • Checks whether the candidate masters the English language sufficiently, when he/she applies for a visa. The Embassy can refuse to issue a visa if the candidate turns out not to master the English language sufficiently.
  • In addition to the criteria mentioned under the NFP target group, the Embassy gives priority to candidates working in the following sectors: agriculture/horticulture and food security, private sector development, energy as well as related infrastructure, and financial services
  • Invites candidates for an interview to further explain their motivation. This interview is obligatory for candidates from Dar es Salaam and optional for other candidates.

In addition, the following persons are NOT eligible, see for a complete list.

  • Persons above the age of 48 years.
  • Undergraduate or fresh graduated people.
  • Unemployed or self employed people.
  • People working for multinational organizations (e.g. Shell,Unilever), large national and /or commercial organizations, multilateral donor organizations (such as UN Organisations,World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank), bilateral donor organizations (such as USAID, DFID, FinAid, Danida, SwissAid, Sida), international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam).

NFP II Tailor-Made Training programme

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building by providing training and education for professionals. The NFP II is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation. Nuffic is responsible for the management of the NFP.

The Tailor-Made Training programme (TMT) is one of the modalities of the NFP. Any tailor-made training course is designed to meet specific needs of a requesting organisation.

You can find general information and an overview of the criteria for TMT on the Nuffic website [].

Embassy’s policy and priorities

The Netherlands Embassy in Tanzania will invite organisations to explore possibilities under TMT in priority sectors within Netherlands bilateral policies and the Embassy’s focus areas. These are the energy sector, agriculture/horticulture and food security and financial services.


Applicants who submit an application that contains forged information or who leave out requested information, that would lead to ineligibility will be ineligible for NFP- fellowship for life. Applicants have to find out when their Dutch institution set their application deadlines. Before applying always check the website of the Embassy and institution to find out which academic and NFP deadline applies for the course or study programme you are interested in. 

Fellowship application Deadlines 2013/2014:

Applicants have to find out when their Dutch institution set their application deadline. Before applying always check the NFP-website and institution’s website to find out which academic and NFP deadline applies for the course or study programme you are interested in. SOL will be open for fellowship applications as follows:-.



NFP Fellowship Application Deadline

SOL Open for Applications

Academic Application Deadline

 Master degree programmes and short courses

 04 February 2014

 01 December 2013

 The Dutch educational insitutions have their own academic application. Please consult their respective websites to find out the deadline before which you have to send your academic application.

 Master degree programmes and short courses

 06 May 2014

 01 March 2014

 Short courses and PhD

 07 October 2014

 01 August 2014

Fellowship Department at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;

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