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The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

General Information

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP II) promotes capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

The overall aim of the NFP is to support alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower within a wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations. This is by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organization. The need for training has to be evident within the context of an organization. This implicates that applicants have to be nominated by their employers. Applications without the support of employer are considered ineligible.

NFP II leads to policy changes which have an impact on procedures and criteria. For more general information please check www.nuffic.nl/nfp

There are fellowships available for:

  • PhD Programme
  • Master Degree Courses
  • Short Courses


With the new phase of NFP II each embassy/consulate has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands in each NFP countries and to reach a higher impact than in the previous phase. The overall objective is to spend 35% of the budget on grants and study Programme in Food Security and Private Sector Development. Applications on these focus areas will be given priority.

Country focus subjects of Nepal are:

  1. Food Security
  2. Safety and Rule of law
  3. Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights
  4. Water
  5. Agriculture
  6. Forestry
  7. Energy and Environment
New procedure effective from 1 August 2014
  • To be eligible to apply for NFP fellowship for PhD Programme; Master degree courses and Short courses one should first be admitted to the course by directly applying to the Institutes/Universities listed under NFP. The list of universities and courses can be found on the website www.studyfinder.nl
  • After receiving admission letter candidates now need to apply for an NFP fellowship directly at the concerned institution/university, instead of applying with NUFFIC. Only Institution/University can provide information about the programmes, selection criteria, application procedures and deadlines. There is no more SOL application.
  • Fellowships for all the above mentioned PhD Programme, Master and Short courses are awarded in an International Competition Basis. This means all the applicants have to compete with the applicants from other 51 countries for the NFP fellowship.
  • There is NO AGE BAR under this Fellowship Programme.
  • E-learning program and courses have been added to the NFP course list. Please note that different allowances will apply for fellowship holders participating in these courses.
  • Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of the organization.
  • The required government statement in case of Nepal is applicable only to the government employees and it should be done by the line ministry. For the employees at NGO and private sectors it is not applicable.


  • A candidate should be a national of and working in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list.
  • A candidate should be admitted to one of the relevant course in one of the listed institutions/universities under NFP.
  • A candidate should not be employed by a large industrial, commercial, international or multinational organization that can have sufficient resources of their own to finance training for their staff.
  • A candidate must be a mid-career professional with minimum of three years' work experience in the relevant field.
  • Must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time

For detail information, list of universities/institutes, procedures and application forms please visit the website: www.nuffic.nl/nfp and www.studyfinder.nl

In addition, there are separate funds available for Tailor-made training courses and alumni activities.

NFP Tailor-Made Training programme 2017

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

You can find more information and an overview of the criteria for TMT on the NUFFIC website www.epnuffic.nl/en/tmt

Consulate's policy and priorities

This consulate will review incoming applications and recommend them to EP-NUFFIC in line with consulate policy and priorities, which are focused on the following sectors:

  1. Food Security
  2. Safety and Rule of law
  3. Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights
  4. Water
  5. Agriculture
  6. Forestry
  7. Energy and Environment

Interested and eligible organisations are invited to participate in the TMT programme.

EP-NUFFIC Deadline
The next EP-NUFFIC deadline for the TMT programme will be 1st March 2017 meaning all TMT applications/proposals should reach EP-NUFFIC by 1 March 2017.

How to submit and submission deadline
Applications have to be submitted to the consulate through e-mail at pchettri@nlconsulate.org.np

The deadline for the NFP-TMT application/proposal to be submitted at this consulate is 01-02-2017

Unfortunately the budget for the TMT programme is limited. By consequence a limited number of applications can be subsidised. Co-funding is not compulsory but voluntary co-funding by the requesting organisation or by a third party sponsor in the NFP country will increase the selection chance.

EP-NUFFIC is responsible for the assessment and selection, taking into account the recommendations of the embassy/consultate.

Refresher Courses:

Refresher courses are tailor-made training courses initiated by a Dutch institution or by NFP, MSP, NICHE/NPT alumni. The courses contribute to the institutional development of the alumni's employing organisations and prolong the impact of the original training. Please visit www.hollandalumni.nl/nfp for application and selection procedures, complete overview of the criteria and more general information.

The Netherlands Alumni Association (NAA):

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) funds a range of alumni activities for NFP, MSP, NICHE/NPT alumni. Alumni can attend refresher courses and Netherlands Alumni Associations (NAAs) can request for start-up grants and co-funding for their activities. For detail information visit the website www.hollandalumni.nl/nfp

In 2014, two new alumni activities have been introduced:

  • Introductory visits to Dutch organisations
  • The NFP Holland Ambassador Programme
Netherlands Alumni Association of Nepal (NAAN)

In NEPAL there is newly established Netherlands Alumni Association of Nepal (NAAN). Those who have studied in the Netherlands under NFP and are interested can join this association. On how to register and to get full information on NAAN please visit their website: www.naan.org.np Also you can visit their page on Facebook: The Netherlands Alumni Association of Nepal (NAAN)

For more queries please contact the Fellowship Officer between 10: 00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 15:00 pm Monday through Friday except on Wednesdays. Wednesdays fellowship section is closed.

Tel. : +977 - 1 - 5523444
E-mail : pchettri@nlconsulate.org.np

NOTE: The fellowship officer is on vacation from 14 - 27 Feb. therefore for NFP matters/information please contact the concerned institutions/universities or EP-NUFFIC For urgent NFP visa matters please contact the consular officer.