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Netherlands Fellowships Programmes


NFP changes into KOP
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE entered a new phase on 1 July 2017 and will continue as 'Kennisontwikkelingsprogramma' (KOP). This 5-year programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education.

More details about the KOP will be published as soon as we receive additional information from NUFFIC. At this moment it is not possible to apply for a ‘KOP PhD’. General information about KOP can be found here.


The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals.

The NFP has 3 sub programmes for individual fellowships: Master's degree programmes, short courses (not available at Radboud University) and PhD studies. 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 help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. You have to be nominated by your employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organisation. After completing your training you return to your original workplace, and this ensures the training is embedded within your organisation.

Who is the NFP for?

The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of, and work and live in, an NFP country. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.

The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research.

NFP for PhD candidates

There is an annual application round for NFP PhD. The application for NFP PhD candidates will be opened by Nuffic beginning of September (and closes 23 October). The WEBFORM will be activated from that moment on. Candidates that are interested are advised to start up in time with collecting the necessary documents. You will be informed by Radboud University about the outcome of the selection by mail in the third week of December.

Application procedure

You can apply for the NFP through Radboud University. You can start the application by using the NUFFIC Candidate WEBFORM.

Your NFP application will require a statement from your employer.

You may also require a government statement.

Please note: Only if you meet all necessary requirements can you begin the NFP application procedure at Radboud University.

NFP selection procedure

If a candidate meets the requirements his or her application will be assessed. On the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes website you can find specific criteria and general information.
The Netherlands Embassy and NUFFIC will eventually decide. You will be informed by Radboud University about the outcome of the selection procedure by email.

Please check the Nuffic grantfinder for possible PhD grants

Indonesian nationality and pursuing a PhD?

Please check the information and scholarships provided by the Indonesian government: DIKTI  and LPDP.

Chinese nationality and pursuing a PhD?

Please check the information and scholarships provided by the Chinese government: CSC.

In general we advice you to contact your own national authority about possible PhD funding.