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

Step

Procedure

Deadline to start

mid-May 2015

1

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

2

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

3

Statement Promotor

Ask your supervisor (promotor) to write you the Statement NFP PhD. Please use this format 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 (If applicable) Statement Government Authority

Some NFP countries require a Government statement. Please use this format to make sure the statement meets all the prescribed criteria. If there is unclarity about the need for a government statement, please contact Embassy of the Netherlands in your home country for more information.

August 2014

 
5  Statement employer

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

August 2014
6 Prepare your application via Atlas

In Atlas you will have to answer three questions regarding your motivation (see below). We strongly recommend that you prepare your answers in word, so you only have to copy-paste and avoid typing in Atlas.

 

1. What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?

Please give a brief outline [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] of the issue or problem hindering the development of your country you would like to contribute to solving using the knowledge and expertise gained by attending the study program or course.


2. How will this course enable you to address this issue?

Please explain [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] what knowledge and expertise you expect to gain from the course or study program and how this specific knowledge and expertise can contribute to solving the issue or problem.


3. How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation?

Please describe [in min 50 and max 1000 characters] the position you hold in your organization and explain why and how this position will enable you to address the issue or problem with the knowledge gained from the course or study program. You do not need to include a detailed list of activities here, as a specific plan of activities forms part of the “employer’s statement” that has to be uploaded separately


September 2014

7 

Apply for the NFP PhD scholarship via Atlas


Apply for the NFP PhD scholarship via Atlas, the online application tool for NFP scholarships, via this web link. The final deadline for the application via Atlas is October the 20th 2014.
IMPORTANT: Please note that you need to upload:

1. copy of your passport (or another form of identification);
2. the employer's statement;
3. the Letter of Unconditional Admission from the Graduate School and the statement NFP PhD application from you supervisor (promotor). Please upload these two documents in one PDF document;
4. (only if applicable) the statement government authority,

 

otherwise your application will not be considered. Each uploaded document should be prepared in PDF format and not exceed 2MB.

 


 

Between September the 4th and October the 20th 2014

8 

Outcome Atlas

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

Mid-January 2015

 

9 

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)

10 

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: 25-09-2014