Financial Support for International Training Programs and Short courses in 2019-2020 (for NGO Professionals)

Nuffic is a Dutch non-profit organization which offers financial support through scholarships for training programs and short courses in The Netherlands. These scholarships seek to develop and strengthen the skills and abilities of professionals, in order to enable their organizations and communities to succeed in an ever-changing world. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds the Nuffic Scholarship program.

The Hague Academy is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation established by VNG International in 2006, and with the support from the municipality of The Hague.

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In 2008, The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs recognized the Academy as a leading institution on local governance innovation.

Through training and education programmes, it seeks to develop knowledge and skills required to improve local governance and decentralisation in developing and post-conflict societies.

Eligibility Criteria

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  • For OKP Scholarships:
    • There is no age limit.
    • The candidate must be a national of, and working and living in one of the following countries (Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Macedonia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
    • The candidate must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff development, for example:
      • multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
      • large national and/or large commercial organizations
      • bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
      • multilateral donor organizations, (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 candidate must have a current Employer Statement according to the prescribed Nuffic Format.
    • All the requested segments must be completed.
    • The Employer Statement must be scanned with the original signature AND stamp of the organization, and preferably on official letterhead of the organization.
    • If applicable, the candidate must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established.
    • The candidate must have a passport that is valid at least 4 months after the application deadline.
    • The candidate must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time;
    • The short courses are taught in English. Therefore, it is important that your English language skills (writing and speaking) are good. Pleases add you IELTS or other language proficiency scores if this is relevant.
    • Minimum of 2 years work experience is required, working with or for local or regional authorities. It is to your advantage if the work/experience is related to the content of the training.
  • For MSP Scholarships:
    • Applicants must meet the same employer, language and work experience criteria mentioned above for OKP Scholarships.
    • Applicants must not be over 45 years of age on the application deadline (+ 2 weeks). (This only applies for MSP Scholarships applications).
    • Applicants must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the following MSP country (Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia) valid at the time of application;
    • The candidate must have a passport that is valid on the application deadline (+ 2 weeks).

What type of Training Programs and Courses are offered by The Hague Academy?

The Hague Academy is organizing several new training programs and courses during the period 2019-2020 on a range of topics related to economic development, gender, governance, climate adaptation, peace and conflict resolution, migration, citizen participation, financial management and sustainable development.

To learn more about these training programs and courses, click on the “next” link below


  • Avatar Oliver Phiri says:

    Good initiative but have seen Malawi excluded from OKP scholarships

  • Avatar yihunie says:

    how are you dear . I am yihunie worku and i work ministry of Women ,children and youth .I interesting to meet you so i am gender monitoring and evaluation seiner expert and i need on going job training ,short and long term training so how to help me.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi yihunie,

      You can apply for these opportunities if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of each post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Friday Aidam Ekereke says:

    Compliment to all Nuffic staff, l will be 49yrs by September 2019, and l am coordinating and NGO, the Reachout Godson Foundation of Nigeria with the mandate to end all forms of violent conflict,through mediation, dialogue and reconciliation. I wish to know will the years hinder my qualification to apply for this opportunity to help improve the activities of my NGO.

  • Avatar Burton Lenanyokie says:

    I am conservation fellow looking to enroll for master’s degree in conservation and rural development in UK. Are there any funding opportunities available? Thanks

  • Avatar Dr Aktaruzzaman Sarkar says:

    Fund need for drug abuse program.

  • Avatar Nelson G Konoh says:

    I’m interested but how do I get there from Liberia?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Nelson G Konoh,

      You can apply for these opportunities if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of each post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Melkamu Dame says:

    I started application to One of Zambia university to learn PHD in business mgt online base. confirmed me that I qualified all requirements. But, the affordability issue is hanging me. So, can I get financial support to entry in my goal through you support.
    currently I am working in SNV-Ethiopia office as credit finance expert/MFI development.

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Melkamu Dame,

      Thank you for contacting fundsforNGOs. fundsforNGOs is a social enterprise that provides fundraising guides, resources, and the latest funding opportunities to help you fundraise better and secure grant funding. We are not a funding organization and we do not provide grants.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar clement lukhele malawi says:

    Glory be to God almighty i wish malawi was their to i would have applied

  • Avatar Yotam Msuku. says:

    This is a very prestigious and rare opportunity of a lifetime. Unfortunately, I can’t find Malawi on the list of eligible countries to take part in this program. What can I do to participate? All our neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia,Mozambique and Tanzania are participating. Please help

  • Avatar Tsedale Kinfu says:

    Hello there!
    I am interested on the OKP scholarship but I couldn’t find the apply button. Could you please guide me how to apply?

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Hi Tsedale Kinfu,

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Tesfaye Admasu says:

    I am veterinary Doctor and i wish to get grants on expansion of animal health service and to boost production and productivity of animals in Ethiopia. Thanks

  • Avatar David says:

    How does one apply for this training program?

  • Avatar Benjamin Phemmy says:

    I run an NGO that raises awareness on health related issues especially hypertension and diabetes as an awaiting epidemics. I need links for some opportunities

  • Avatar Florence Katungu Matongo says:

    Am Florence K Matongo , Director for PACSA ZAMBIA LIMITED, A non-profit making organization with the objection of curbing the deadly vice child sexual abuse and early marriages respectively. May I be helped on how i can be one of those taking part in Gender training?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Florence Katungu Matongo,

      You can apply for these opportunities if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of each post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Dr B Keerthi says:

    Do you have courses related to public health, gender. If so what are those with duration

  • Avatar Sadiya Abubakar zahara says:

    I will like to join your training ,Iam from Nigeria

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Sadiya Abubakar zahara,

      Thank you for your interest in these opportunities.

      You can apply for these opportunities if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the each post.

      Good luck!

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