Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) – PhD students

For mid-career professionals from one of the 51 selected countries and who are unconditionally admitted to a Leiden University PhD programme.

For whom?

  • Applicants are mid-career professionals with at least three years work experience.
  • Applicants are nationals of and work and live in one of the following countries.
  • Applicants have been unconditionally admitted to a PhD programme at Leiden University.
  • Applicants are nominated by their employers.
  • The PhD study must follow a ‘sandwich’ or ‘picnic’ model, which means that at least a quarter of the PhD study must take place in the applicant’s home country and/or region.

Scholarship Amount

A NFP fellowship is intended to supplement the salary that the fellow should continue to receive during the study period. The allowance is a contribution towards the costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. If applicable, the fellowship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the amount of the personal NFP allowances.

Scholarship period

Maximum of 4 years.

General requirements

See the NFP website for the requirements.

NFP-PhD application procedure and deadlines



Deadline to start

mid-May 2015


Find a supervisor

A PhD at Leiden University entails independent and original research under the supervision of a full professor. You can contact a professor to discuss your research plan yourself or you can contact the Graduate School of the Faculty first.

More about finding a supervisor

June 2014


Apply to the Graduate School

After you and the proposed supervisor (promotor) agree on your research proposal and research plan, you have to apply to the Graduate School of the Faculty where you plan to conduct your PhD research.

Please take into account that the application process might take 4 to 6 weeks

If you are admitted, you will receive a Letter of Unconditional Admission from the Graduate School

July 2014


Statement NFP PhD application

Ask your supervisor (promotor) to write you the Statement NFP PhD. Please use the format that will will be made available around mid-August on this website to make sure the statement meets all the prescribed criteria.

The statement must be signed by your supervisor (promotor), printed on Leiden University letterhead paper and then uploaded with your application via Atlas (see step 4)


August 2014

4 Statement employer

Ask your employer to write you a statement for the NFP Short Course scholarship. Please use this format to make sure the statement meets all the prescribed criteria.

August 2014


Application for the NFP PhD scholarship via Atlas

Apply for the NFP PhD scholarship via Atlas, the online application tool for NFP scholarships.

Please upload the employer's statement and the statement NFP PhD application from you supervisor (promotor), otherwise your application will not be considered.

(The web link to Atlas will be available on this website between September the 4th and October the 20th 2014.)  

Between September the 4th and October the 20th 2014


Outcome Atlas

The decision on the NFP PhD scholarship application will be communicated via Atlas

Mid-January 2015



Practical arrangements

The PhD candidate, the Leiden University supervisor (promotor) and the contact person of the Faculty/Department/Institute/Graduate School are responsible for all the practical issues related to the arrival and stay of the selected NFP PhD candidate (such as visa, accommodation, work space etc.)

(Not applicable)


Financial arrangements

The Scholarships Department of Student and Educational Affairs is responsible for the financial arrangements.


(Not applicable)


Holland Alumni Network and NFP alumni activities

The Holland Alumni Network provides services to all alumni that have studied at Dutch higher education institutions. It periodically organises events for alumni and/or alumni associations.

Alumni and alumni-to-be are encouraged to join, participate in, and/or set up (pre-) alumni activities. Several opportunities and funds for (pre-) alumni activities are available.

For more information see the Holland Alumni Network website.

More information

Last Modified: 13-08-2014