Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) – PhD students

For mid-career professionals from one of the 50 selected countries, admitted to a PhD programme.

Deadline and procedure for the October 2014 deadline

More information on new procedures for the October 2014 deadline and onwards will be made available in June 2014

For whom?

  • Applicants are mid-career professionals with at least three years work experience.
  • Applicants are nationals of 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 period

Maximum of 4 years

General requirements

See the NFP website for the requirements.

Application procedure and deadlines



Deadline  Start

Mid May 2014


Find a supervisor

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

More about finding a supervisor



June 2013


Apply to the Graduate School  

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

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

If you are admitted, you will receive an unconditional Letter of Admission from the Graduate School



July 2013


Statement NFP PhD application
Ask your supervisor (promotor) to write you the statement NFP PhD application(Word-file). The statement must be signed by your supervisor (promotor), printed on Leiden University letterhead paper and send to

September 2, 2013


Application for the NFP PhD scholarship to Nuffic (via SOL*)

The scholarship department of Leiden University will make your academic status known in SOL.

A crucial document to be admitted via the Sol system is the the statement NFP PhD application form the supercvisor (promotor) 

October 1, 2013 (15.00 hrs CET)


Outcome SOL
The decision on the scholarship application will be communicated via SOL

14 January 2014



Practical arrangements
All practical issues relating to the arrival and stay of the selected NFP PhD candidate (such as visa, accommodation, work space and such) are the responsibility of the PHD candidate, the Leiden University supervisor and the Leiden University Faculty/Department/Institute/Graduate School contact person.

 Not applicable


Financial arrangements

The financial arrangements are under the responsibility of the Scholarships Department of Student and Educational Affairs


Not applicable

* SOL= Scholarship Online, the Nuffic’s online application tool

Important notes

Please ensure that you have requested your supervisor (promotor) to write the statement NFP PhD application by the relevant deadline mentioned in the table above. Without this document you will not be able to be admitted via SOL and your NFP PhD application will be stopped.

Holland Alumni Network and NFP alumni activities

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

The NFP very much encourage alumni-to-be and alumni to actively join, participate in, and/or set up (pre-) alumni activities. Therefore the NFP offer several opportunities and funds for (pre-) alumni activities: The Alumni Activities.

See for more information:

More information

Last Modified: 12-05-2014