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Professional individuals from Africa can apply for PHD fellowship.


Mid-career professionals who are already in employment and who are nationals of and working in one of the selected countries can apply for this PhD fellowship.

The maximum duration of a PhD fellowship is four years.

PhD degrees can be pursued at one of the 18 Dutch universities and institutes for international education. The maximum NFP budget available for a PhD study programme is EUR 74,000.

This amount is intended as a contribution towards the costs of living and to cover the costs of visas, travel, insurance, etc. as specified in the NFP booklet ‘Rules and regulations for fellowship holders 2008’.

Eligible countries in Africa include:

Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

PhD students are allowed to seek alternative sources of funding.

Deadline and selection procedure

There are two selection rounds and deadlines each year.

Applications for an NFP PhD fellowship should have reached Nuffic before the first of July or before the first of November preceding the year during which the PhD research project will start.

Candidates are advised to submit their applications to the Netherlands embassies or consulates at least one month before Nuffic’s deadline.

The embassy or consulate forwards an application that meets all of the criteria to Nuffic.

Applications received after the second deadline can be taken into consideration only for the following year.

Nuffic informs the embassy, the candidate, his/her employer and the institution of the outcome of the selection.

For general information about the Netherlands PhD Fellowship Programmes, please contact: Nuffic, Capacity Building and Scholarship Directorate, P.O Box 29777, 2502 LT The Hague, The Netherlands.

For scholarships application: PhD Scholarships in Holland Website

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