The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 50 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

The overall aim of the NFP is to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. You have to be nominated by your employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organisation.
After completing your training you return to your original workplace. This ensures the training is embedded within your organisation.
While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. This means that employers must nominate an applicant and motivate his or her application in a supporting letter.
The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country. The chances of obtaining an NFP fellowship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.
NFP Scholarships are available for two Grotius Centre summer schools:       

  • International Criminal Law Summer School
  • Women, Peace and Security Summer School
The deadline for application for the 2015 edition of the Summer Schools is 7 October 2014.
Please visit the Nuffic website  for detailed information regarding the scholarship application procedure.


MENA Scholarship Programme

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers around 140 scholarships a year to professionals. The scholarships can be used for selected short courses in the Netherlands. They are distributed proportionally among the participating countries. 

The MENA Scholarship Programme aims to contribute to capacity building within a wide range of governmental, non-governmental and private organisations and institutions in ten selected countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia.

The target group is professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of and working in one of the selected countries.

An MSP scholarship is a contribution to the costs of the selected short course and should supplement your salary which you must continue to receive during the study period.

MSP Scholarships are available for two Grotius Centre summer schools:   

  • International Criminal Law Summer School
  • Women, Peace and Security Summer School

The deadline for application for the 2014 edition of the Summer Schools is 4 February 2014.  

Please visit the Nuffic website for detailed information regarding the MSP scholarship application procedure.


If you consider to apply for one of the above mentioned scholarships, please note that very few applicants are in fact awarded a fellowship. It is therefore wise to look for other ways to fund your participation in the summer course. You could perhaps approach your university, your employer, or a local institution or NGO.

Other websites that you my could visit:






Post-Conflict JusticeAdvanced LLM Public International LawSummer CoursesLeiden Law SchoolSupranational Criminal Law Lecture Series Grotius DialoguesGrotius PhD TrackKalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian LawInternational Criminal Court Moot Court Competition