The NFP PhD studies is one of the sub-programmes of the NFP. PhD degrees can be pursued at 21 Dutch universities and institutes for international education. You can apply for a PhD fellowship only after your research proposal has been agreed with the Dutch institution. The PhD must always be pursued according to a 'sandwich' or 'picnic' model, which means that a large portion of the PhD research will take place in your home country.
Deadline: 1 February 2011
The maximum NFP budget available for a PhD study is € 85,000. This amount is intended as a contribution towards the cost of living and to cover the costs of visas, travel, insurance and so on, as specified in the NFP booklet 'Rules and regulations for fellowship holders'. PhD students are allowed to seek alternative sources of funding. The maximum duration of a PhD fellowship is four years.
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A candidate applying for an NFP fellowship for a PhD degree programme must:
· be a mid-career professional with at least three years' work experience;
· be a national of and working and living in one of the developing countries on the NFP country list valid at the time of application (See general information Netherlands Fellowship Programmes);
· be nominated by his or her employer, who pledges to continue paying the candidate's salary and guarantees the candidate will be able to return to an equivalent position after the termination of the fellowship period.
· submit an admission letter by the Board of Deans or any other decision-making board or committee of the Dutch educational institution stating that the candidate has been unconditionally admitted to a Dutch institution as a PhD student. This means that the applicant must have met all the academic requirements set by the Dutch university or institute;
· not already have received an NFP PhD fellowship;
· not be employed by:
- a multinational
- a UN organization
- the World Bank
- the IMF
- a bilateral or multilateral donor organization
- a large, national, commercial organization
· offer proof that the PhD will be pursued according to a 'sandwich' or 'picnic' model, which means that a large portion of the PhD research will take place in the candidate's home country;
· have completed and submitted an NFP PhD Study application including all the required documentation before the fellowship application deadline;
· be employed in an area to which the PhD study will make a relevant contribution;
· have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organization and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organization;
· be available full–time to pursue the PhD without interruption, and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire programme;
· endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP. The aim of the NFP cannot be reached if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her own country. Nuffic would like to urge fellowship holders to return to their home country upon finishing the course or programme to meet the NFP aim in the most effective way;
Below is more information about the application deadlines for PhD fellowships.
Academic application deadline
The academic application process for a PhD study is an individual track. If you want to be admitted as a PhD student check with the Dutch institution if it applies an academic application deadline.
Fellowship application deadlines
There are two fellowship application deadlines for the PhD sub-programme. Applications for PhD research projects starting in the academic year 2011-2012 must be submitted before the fellowship application deadlines mentioned below:
SOL open for online applications: 1 February 2011
Fellowship application deadline: 1 October 2011
Paper application deadline: 1 September 2011
Please note that fellowship applications received after the fellowship application deadline are not considered.
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