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Netherlands Fellowship Programmes. Deadline: 29 April 2011

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 60 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Important notice

Due to public holidays and available technical support SOL will close on 29 April 2011 4pm CET. After 4 pm CET it is no longer possible to submit applications for the 1 May deadline. We are doing our best to answer all your questions. However, questions that have been submitted after 5pm CET on Monday 25 April may not be answered. Our telephone helpdesk for NFP and SOL will close for ten days on Thursday 21 April at 5pm CET and reopen on Monday 2 May at its regular schedule (Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm CET).

For more information about NFP check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). You can download a copy of the SOL user manual on the SOL page. This manual will help you to register successfully.


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. This by offering fellowships to mid-career professionals to improve the capacity of their employing organizations. The need for training has to be evident within the context of an organization.

Target group and priorities

The NFP is for mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in one of the NFP countries.
Candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, women and members of priority groups and/or marginalized regions are specifically invited to apply for an NFP fellowship.

Employer support

The need for education and training must be linked to the institutional development of the organization you are working for. This means that you must be nominated by your employer. In fact, applications without employer support will not be considered.

NFP sub-programmes

The NFP offers several sub-programmes. Each sub-programme has a separate section on this website with information about eligibility criteria, application and selection and deadlines (if applicable):
Individual fellowships for:
Subsidies for Alumni activities: