On this page:
- NFP General Information including the NFP Flyer
- Target group
- NFP Sub-Programmes
- Admission to Dutch Institution
- Applying in SOL
- The Scholarship Online (SOL)
- The Selection procedure for Scholarships
- Eligibility criteria checked by Nuffic
- The Netherlands Embassy in Dar es Salaam performs the 2nd eligibility check
- Tailor-made Trainings
- NOTE THAT:
- Nuffic Fellowship application Deadlines 2013/2014:
- Fellowship Department at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
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 www.studyfinder.nl you will find the offical NFP Flyer and then click search www.nuffic.nl/nfp
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.
The NFP is targeted at mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in one of the 60 NFP countries, of which the United Republic of Tanzania is one. Candidates from disadvantaged groups and/or regions will be given priority and 50% of the scholarships will be provided to female candidates.
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 www.studyfinder.nl 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 www.nuffic.nl/nfp.
Admission to Dutch Institution
In order to obtain an NFP-fellowship, you must have been admitted to a Dutch Institute. Please go to (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp) 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 (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp). 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 (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp). 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 www.nuffic.nl./nfp-sol) 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 (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp). Incase the procedure isn’t clear, you can visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp-faqs). 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: email@example.com.
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: (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp). 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 (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp) 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 (http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp).
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 (www.nuffic.nl/nfp) 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 mastsers 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 NFP target group, gives priority to candidates working in the following sectors: Health, (Local) Governance, Private Sector Development, Oil and Gas as well as related infrastructure, and Agro-Food.
- 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 http://www.nuffic.nl/nfp 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).
The TMT Programme provides the opportunity to train groups of mid-career professionals from various organizations). Detailed information about NFP and the TMT modality can be found at www.nuffic.nl/nfp. The Embassy have a say in the decision making by Nuffic through their assessment of the policy relevance of a request. The screening of proposals by embassies can be based on criteria to be developed by the embassy within the broad criterion of relevance to Dutch foreign policy. Interested organizations can submit a training outline to the Embassy by email: firstname.lastname@example.org before the Embassy deadline of 23th March. The tailor-made outline can be downloaded at the following website: www.nuffic.nl/tmt.
The outline should include the following parts:
- Information about the requuesting organization;
- Information about the requested training course (training needs and requested content of the training).
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.
Nuffic Fellowship application Deadlines 2013/2014:
Applicants have to find out when their Dutch institution set their application deadline. As of the year 2013/2014 SOL will open for fellowship applications 2 months before the fellowship application deadline. The first NFP deadline for submitting applications is 5th February, 2013. SOL will therefore be open as of 1st December, 2013.
|Applications for||Applicants can start applying||SOL application deadline closes||Academic application deadline|
|Master's degree programmes, short courses, PhD studies||01 December 2012||05 February 2013||
The Dutch educational institutions 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's degree programmes, short courses||01 March 2013||07 May 2013|
Fellowship Department at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
The Fellowship desk is open to the public once a week;
Tuesdays: from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.
Telephone enquiries: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Email enquiries on NFP should be sent through: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Joseph Neri / Fellowship Officer
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dar es Salaam