Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)
One possibility for obtaining a fellowship to study at KIT is through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP). The fellowships are designed to meet the need for further training and capacity-building in developing countries. NFP fellowships are available for the KIT MPH and a number of advanced courses.
What is an NFP fellowship?
One possibility for obtaining a fellowship to study at KIT is through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP). The fellowships are designed to meet the need for further training and capacity-building in developing countries.
To maximize their impact on capacity building, NFP-funded training must be linked to the institutional development of organizations. A wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations are eligible. Examples include educational institutions, planning agencies, ministries, community-based organizations and private enterprises.
For which of KIT master's programmes and short courses can I apply for an NFP fellowship?
NFP fellowships are available for the following master programmes:
- International Course in Health Development / Master in Public Health– Track in Health Systems Policy and Management
- Master in Public Health – Track in Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Master in Public Health – Track in Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-affected Environments
- NFP fellowships are not yet available for the Master of International Health (MIH).
NFP fellowships are available for the following short courses at KIT:
- Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in countries in crisis
- Control Strategies for communicable and non communicable diseases
- Qualitative Methods in Health Systems Research
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Policy, Governance and Financing (blended course)
- Human Resources for Health
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS
- Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights: Organising Effective Responses
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Disease Control Programmes
- Advanced Course on Monitoring and Evaluation for health system innovations in a dynamic environment
How do I apply for an NFP fellowship?
The application process is described below.
Start the application process early!
NFP uses a two-step application procedure:
- Applicants must request academic admission directly from KIT (via the KIT online application system, follow the link in each specific course page).
- Applicants who have applied for a course for which NFP scholarships are available and have been accepted, will receive an e-mail from KIT with the correct link to ATLAS, the new application system for NFP. This link will only be send when the registration period opens.
- Applicants have to apply separately for the NFP scholarship via: ATLAS (the new NFP online application system).
- The registration period opens approx. 6 weeks before the application deadline. Check the application deadline for each course in the course description.
Important documents for ATLAS registration
- NFP Instructions candidates
- NFP-statement-of-government (only needed for some countries. Read NFP Instructions candidates for detailed information)
- Valid passport (ready Nuffic instructions)
- Applicants for the GIS course should apply for the course at ITC (follow link course), and apply for NFP via the following link from KIT.
NFP and ATLAS
- Applicants have to apply separately for the NFP scholarship via: ATLAS (the NFP online application system.
- Applicants who have applied for a course for which NFP scholarships are available and have been accepted will receive an e-mail from KIT with the correct link to ATLAS, the new application system for NFP. This link will only be send when the registration period opens. Registration period opens approx. 6 weeks before the application deadline. Check the application deadline for each course in the course description.
NFP Deadlines Short courses
As from October 2014 NFP application deadlines differ per institute.
For short courses at KIT in academic year 2016-2017 the NFP application periods are:
- 2 February – 22 March 2017 (Masters 2017-2018 and short courses in summer 2017)
- Exact dates to be announced- probably July 2017 (for short courses autumn and winter 2017)
- Exact dates to be announced- probably October 2017 (for short courses in Spring 2017)
Follow the link to each course to see which NFP deadline is applicable.
NFP Deadlines for Masters
For Masters programme at KIT in academic year 2017-2018 the NFP registration deadline is 22 March 2017.
It is strongly recommended to start your application at KIT as early as possible.
Deadline for your KIT application is 2 February 2017!
The Netherlands embassies and consulates can provide more information about country-specific opportunities and regulations.
When will I be informed of the outcome of NFP selection?
If you have applied for NFP via ATLAS, you will be informed of the outcome of the NFP selection by KIT. You will receive this information on the following dates:
- NFP Application deadline: 22 March 2017
- Outcome NFP application: 15 June 2017
Am I eligible for an NFP fellowship?
Applicants for the NFP fellowship for a KIT master’s program or short course must meet the following criteria:
- have been admitted to the course of your choice. This means that you meet all the requirements set out by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA)
- be nationals of and working and living in a country on the NFP Country list
- accept the NFP rules and regulations
- upload in ATLAS all mandatory documents. (see previous information)
- not to be employed by a multinational corporation, UN organisation, IMF, a bilateral or multilateral dondor organisation or a large natonal and/or commercial organisation
- be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution
If you apply for an NFP short courses fellowship, you must:
- not have accepted more than one NFP short course fellowship in the past;
- not have accepted an NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application.
- If you apply for an NFP master’s degree programme (NFP-MA) fellowship, you must not have accepted
- an NFP master’s degree programme fellowship in the past.
- Please note that only 1 NFP application in ATLAS should be made per application round.
- have a valid passport which is valid at the moment of application for the NFP scholarship until at least 3 months after the course has started (or preferably longer).
How do I gain academic admission to a master's programme?
The academic application has to be received by KIT at the latest 1 month before the NFP application deadline. NFP deadlines are 22 March 2017, July 2017 (tbc), October 2017 (tbc).
You are adviced to start the course application procedure as early as possible.
KIT assesses the application and decides whether or not the applicant’s educational background and other experience meet programme requirements:
- KIT will inform applicants of its decision within 1 month of receiving the application.
- Successful candidates receive a letter indicating that they have been conditionally admitted providing they have suitable funding.
- Candidates are eligible for a NFP fellowship only if they have been admitted to the the course and comply with all the fellowship criteria.
How is an NFP fellowship awarded?
NFP fellowships, which are granted for the duration of the master’s programme, cover tuition fees plus the costs of international travel, subsistence, books and health insurance.
- Nuffic decides how many fellowships will be available and awards a grant to KIT to cover the fellowship holders’ costs.
- KIT pays each fellowship holder a monthly allowance for the duration of the master’s programme.
For more information on the NFP programme and country specific information see Nuffic website