Type of Funding
The Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) conducts highly subsidised short interdisciplinary training courses in both Denmark and developing countries, for nationals from developing countries which are Danida priority countries, to enhance local capacity in development-related areas, particularly in the areas of: 1) Public sector management and international cooperation 2) Good governance, democracy, human rights 3) Mainstreaming issues such as gender and environment 4) Sector specific courses in the areas of Danish priorities in development cooperation, such as: agriculture, health, environment, private sector, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.
The interdisciplinary courses last 2 weeks. English courses that will be held for 2017 are:
- Women in Management (Ghana, 8 to 19 May 2017);
- Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations (Denmark, 12 to 23 June 2017);
- Results Based Management (Denmark, 15 to 26 May 2017);
- Public-Private Partnership (28 August to 8 September 2017);
- Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations (Denmark, 9 to 20 October 2017);
- A Human Rights Based Approach to Development Planning (Denmark, 27 March to 7 April 2017);
- Green Growth, Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability (18 to 29 September 2017)
- Getting Government Right: Integrity, Anti-Corruption and Rights-Based Approaches (Uganda, 31 July to 11 August 2017)
- Food Safety (TBA)
- Financial Management and Good Governance (Denmark, 30 October to 10 November 2017)
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Value Chains (TBA)
- Disaster Risk Reduction (TBA), and
- Conflict Transformation and Conflict Sensitive Programming (TBA)
Co-funded by the Danida Fellowship Programme, the fee structure for interdisciplinary courses is based on a cost sharing setup where Danida programmes/projects/NGOs are charged DKK 7,000 per study week for learning programmes conducted in Denmark and DKK 5,000 per study week for learning programmes conducted in the Danida priority countries. This includes tuition fee, return air ticket, accommodation, personal allowances, insurance and visa fee (other visa-related costs are not covered).
The rationale behind the fee structure consisting of a relatively small fee paid by the participant’s organization is because DFC wishes to enable organizations to send more than 1 candidate to the training, to decrease the number of late cancellations, and to make courses available for a larger group.
Applicants must be nationals of Danida priority countries who are affiliated with Danida funded programmes/projects including civil society, private sector and government employees (see the Official Website for Danida priority countries). National NGOs who are in partnership with Danish NGOs which receive funding via Danida may nominate staff provided the Danish NGO supports the application and the required co-funding is available. Embassy employees may participate in DFC learning programmes, if there are available slots.
People employed in an advisory capacity, e.g. employees of firms acting as advisors, implementing bodies for Danida or the programme country, are not eligible for a fellowship.
Candidates for participation in learning programmes should be nominated based on their role and position in the organization, with a special view towards ability to apply and disseminate learning after the course. Although there are no fixed age limits, age limits may be fixed locally taking into consideration local retirement age. In general, age is considered when there are more than enough qualified candidates. The candidates’ position in the programme/project should be more essential than their age. DFC will also consider the candidates’ education, skills and language proficiency. Candidates must have IT skills which enable them to use the internet as well as a standard software package.
Qualified women are given preference. Priority is also given in the case of multiple candidates from 1 programme or organization.
Applications are to be done online. The deadlines are course-dependent (see Official Website for specific deadlines).