Netherlands: NUFFIC Scholarship Program for the 9th Annual Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society

IGLHRC encourages you to apply for the Nuffic Scholarship Program to attend the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 8-23, 2005. 57 countries in the Global South are now eligible to attend the Summer Institute under the program for short courses. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2005. Before applying to NUFFIC, students must apply to the Summer Institute and be accepted.

For details about the Summer Institute program, please visit the website at

Eligibility for the Nuffic (

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes for short courses


A candidate applying for a fellowship for a short course must:

  • be a national of one of the 57 developing countries on the list (see below);
  • have been admitted by a Dutch institution to one of the short courses on the current list. This means that the applicant must have met all the requirements set by the Dutch institution;
  • have completed an NFP Short Course Application Form and have submitted all the required documentation to the Netherlands embassy or consulate;
  • be nominated by the employer, who pledges to continue payment of the candidate's salary and to hold a job open while the employee is in the Netherlands;
  • provide statements explaining the motivation of both the applicant and the employer;
  • not be employed by a large industrial, commercial and/or multinational firm;
  • offer evidence that of proficiency in speaking and writing the language of instruction (English in most cases). Candidates who have received their education in any language other than English must provide evidence in the form of a score in an internationally recognized test, such as IELTS (a score of at least 5.5) or TOEFL (a score of at least 550 points on the paper-based test or 213 points on the computer-based test);
  • be available for the entire period of the course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire course;
  • declare that they will return to their home country immediately after the short course has ended.

A number of short courses takes place, partly or as a whole, in one of the NFP countries. NFP fellowships will be available only for participants originating from the NFP country where (part of) the course takes place and for participants from a neighbouring country.

The application and selection procedure

The application procedure consists of the following steps:

Application for admission at a Dutch educational institution

  1. Applicants first apply for admission to the short course of their choice. Applications should always be directed to the Dutch provider of the course. The short courses overview provides the academic application deadlines for each short course.
  2. The provider assesses the application and decides whether or not the applicant's educational background and other experience meet the specific requirements for the course in question. The provider then informs all applicants of its decisions. Candidates who have been accepted receive a letter to this effect.

    Candidates are eligible for a fellowship only if they have been admitted to the course of their choice and meet all the criteria. Being admitted to more than one course does not mean that the candidate can apply for more than one fellowship per deadline. Candidates will have to select one course before applying for a fellowship.

    Application for a fellowship

  3. Candidates then apply for an NFP fellowship through the Netherlands embassy or consulate in their own country. Some embassies require applications to be submitted in duplicate. In some countries applications have to be submitted to the embassies through local governmental organizations.

    Candidates are therefore advised to check this with the embassy in their country.

  4. Candidates must complete an NFP Short Course Application Form and submit it together with all the required documents to the embassy or consulate. These forms can be obtained from the embassy or consulate. They can also be downloaded (as pdf).
  5. There are several fellowship application deadlines for short courses. On the overview of short courses 2005 each entry indicates which deadline applies at the various Netherlands embassies and consulates.

    Candidates should NOT send their fellowship application forms directly to Nuffic or to the Dutch provider, but should forward them to the Dutch embassy or consulate in their own country.

  6. Completed fellowship application forms must be submitted to the Netherlands embassy or consulate in the applicant's own country. The embassy or consulate checks each application against the criteria listed above, giving special attention to the following:
  • whether the application was submitted before the deadline;
  • whether the candidate has presented a letter of admission to the short course in question;
  • whether the information accompanying the application is complete and correct, and whether the required documentation (such as passport, diplomas and language test) is in order;
  • whether the course is on the list of short courses starting in 2005;
  • whether the candidate is employed by an organization that is relevant for the development of the country;
  • whether the employer has provided a statement endorsing the application and guaranteeing that the candidates salary will be paid during the his or her absence and that a job will be held open for him or her;
  • whether the candidate can offer proof of a sufficient command of the language of instruction.
  • The embassies and consulates forward all fellowship applications that meet all the criteria to Nuffic.
  • Nuffic decides how many fellowships will be available for each course. The allocation of fellowships over the various courses is based on the number of eligible fellowship applicants for each course.
  • The Dutch providers select the candidates who will receive fellowships. The provider informs all candidates directly of their decisions, and applies to Nuffic for a grant.
  • Nuffic awards the grant for the provider to cover the fellowship holders' costs, including the tuition fees. The provider pays each fellowship holder a subsistence allowance for the duration of the short course.
  • The Dutch providers will be responsible for administering fellowships, making logistical arrangements, and giving guidance to the fellowship holders.
  • Deadline for applications

    On the overview of short courses 2005, each entry includes the application deadlines for academic admission and a reference to the fellowship application deadline set by the Netherlands embassies and consulates. These specific deadlines are listed for each country in an annex to the overview.
    A letter of admission should be in the candidate's possession well before the embassy's deadline for submitting fellowship applications. Therefore, candidates are strongly advised to start the application procedure for admission as early as possible.
    Selection of the candidates who will be awarded NFP fellowships for short courses takes place approximately one and a half months after the deadline.

    NFP - Eligible countries
    To be eligible for an NFP fellowship, an applicant must be a national of one of the following countries:

    Ivory Coast
    Palestinian Territories
    Benin Mali
    Burkina Faso
    Cape Verde
    China (Citizens from Hong Kong and Macao are exempted)
    Costa Rica
    El Salvador
    Sri Lanka