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North America ISEP

American students can apply to the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). ISEP offers diverse exchange programmes, which are administered in their own country. For more information www.isep.org.

Fulbright Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships are available for American graduate students and researchers. Inquire at your own institution or at the Netherlands America Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Center) www.fulbright.nl.

Transatlantic Degree Consortia

Transatlantic Degree Consortia are a new form of partnership programmes between the EU and the US. Curricula are being developed for bachelor’s programmes that lead to the award of a joint or double degree. A consortium has to include one higher education establishment in the US and at least two in the EU. Students spend time studying on both sides of the Atlantic. For more information, see http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/ programmes/eu-usa/consult_en.html.

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Asia, Africa, Latin-America and Eastern Europe

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-driven fellowship programmes designed to foster capacity building within organizations in 57 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. The NFP are funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

The need for education and training must occur within the organization of the applicant. This means that applicants must be nominated by their employers. In fact, applications without the support of an employer will not be considered.

There are five NFP sub-programmes:

  • Fellowships for master’s degree


  • Fellowships for PhD studies

  • Fellowships for short courses

  • Tailor-made training courses

  • Refresher courses

NFP master’s, NFP short courses and NFP PhD studies award fellowships to individuals. NFP also finances tailor-made training courses that are designed to meet the specific training needs of an organization in one of the NFP countries. NFP Refresher Courses finances courses for NFP alumni who would like to prolong the effect of earlier learning and update their knowledge and skills.

More information about NFP More information about NFP, including the application forms, are available at Netherlands embassies and consulates, NEC/NESO offices or from Nuffic’s website www.nuffic.nl/nfp.

Applicants for PhD studies, master’s degree programmes or short courses must first gain academic admission to the course of their choice before applying for a fellowship through the Netherlands embassy or consulate in their country. Also, they can only apply for an NFP fellowship if the course is on the NFP course list for that particular year.

In all cases, applicants are advised to contact the Netherlands embassy, consulate or NEC/ NESO well in advance for specific instruc- tions, and to inquire about specific local procedures and deadlines, requirements and selection criteria. These may differ from the general information provided on Nuffic’s website or in the brochures.

NFP country list

To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, applicants must be a national of one of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan

  • Albania

  • Armenia

  • Autonomous Palestinian Territories

  • Bangladesh

  • Benin

  • Bhutan

  • Bolivia

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Burkina Faso

  • Cambodia

  • Cape Verde

  • China *

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Cuba

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt

  • El Salvador

  • Eritrea

  • Ethiopia

  • Georgia

  • Ghana

  • Guatemala

  • Guinea-Bissau

  • Honduras

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Iran

  • Ivory Coast

  • Jordan

  • Kenya

  • Macedonia

  • Mali

  • Moldova

  • Mongolia

  • Mozambique

  • Namibia

  • Nepal

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Pakistan

  • Peru

  • Philippines

  • Rwanda

  • Senegal

  • South Africa

  • Sri Lanka

  • Suriname

  • Tanzania

  • Thailand

  • Uganda

  • Vietnam

  • Yemen

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe

  • *

    excluding citizens of Hong Kong and Macao

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