Type of Funding

Partially funded




The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC) offers fellowships for training courses held at the Hague Academy for Local Governance in 2020. The Fellowship programmes are: 1) Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), 2) MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP), and 3) StuNed (Dutch-Indonesian scholarship programme). The aim is to promote capacity building within organisations in eligible countries (53 for OKP and 10 for MSP) through training and education for professionals.

Eligibile training courses for the NUFFIC fellowships for 2020 are:

  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance (10 to 21 February 2020)
  • Inclusive Service Delivery and the SDGs (9 to 20 March 2020)
  • Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (23 March to 3 April 2020)
  • Climate Adaptation and Local Resilience (1 to 12 June 2020)
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption (15 to 26 June 2020)


The Nuffic Fellowships (OKP, MSP, and StuNed) will cover the tuition fee, return flights from an international airport to Amsterdam, insurance, accommodation and a small Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA).


In order to qualify for a Nuffic Fellowship, applicants must first obtain academic admission at The Hague Academy (see the Official Website for specific target audience for each course).

The OKP is meant for professionals who are nationals of and work and live in one of the 53 OKP countries. For each country there are specific priority themes and strategic partners that the Orange Knowledge Programme focuses on (see Official Website for all OKP countries and priority themes for each country). It is meant for advancing the capacity, knowledge, and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education. Those working for governmental, private and local NGO’s are eligible, e.g., educational institutions, planning agencies, national ministries, community-based organization and private enterprises. The key priorities for the programme are Food Security, Water, Security and Rule of Law, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Cross-cutting themes relevant to all activities of the programme include Private Sector Development, Climate, and Gender and Inclusive Development (with specific attention to marginalised and discriminated groups).

Applicants for the OKP must be proficient in English, as the short courses are taught in English. They should have a minimum of 2 years of work experience with or for local or regional authorities. It would be advantageous if the work experience is related to the training course applied for. There is no age limit. Applicants must have an official passport valid at least 3 months after 1 November 2018.

They cannot be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development, such as: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft), large national and/or a large commercial organisations, bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), and multilateral donor organisations (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB), international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).

The MENA Scholarship Programme aims to contribute to the democratic transition in one of the 10 participating countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. Eligible candidates for the MSP must also meet the employer, language, passport and work experience criteria described for the OKP. However, the difference is that they cannot be above 45 years old and that they have to be nationals of and working in 1 of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia. Applicants from Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon are eligible for both OKP and MSP Scholarships, but they can only apply for 1 of the 2. Those who meet the eligibility criteria of MSP are advised to apply for the MSP.

Applicants for the StuNed Scholarship programme must be Indonesians. Applicants have to first apply to their preferred course with The Hague Academy for academic admittance and indicate that they intend to apply for StuNed Scholarship.


Applications for the OKP fellowship for the Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Finance course that runs from 10 to 21 February 2020, are to be done online by 4 July 2019. The application deadline for the other four 2020 courses is 4 October 2019.

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