The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds fellowships for foreign students in the Netherlands. After completing the training fellowship holders return to their original workplace. This ensures the training is embedded within the organisation. These fellowships and grants are aimed at short courses, master’s degree programmes and PhD studies. The fellowship covers a contribution towards the costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research.
Students must be professionals who are nationals one of the NFP countries. The countries have been divided into two categories (I and II). Category I countries are priority countries and will receive more fellowships. Candidates have to be nominated by their employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of the organisation. Furthermore, 50% of the fellowships must be awarded to sub-saharan African countries, and 50% must be awarded to women. Therefore a South-African woman has a better shot than a North-American male.