Refresher courses

This page contains information on the application and selection procedure for refresher courses.

What are refresher courses?

Refresher courses are tailor-made training courses initiated by a Dutch institution or NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumni. The aim of refresher courses is to contribute to the institutional development of the employing organisations of NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumni and to increase the impact and prolong the effect of earlier training funded under NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA. Criteria include:

  • the course must be in the same field of study as the originally funded training;
  • the duration of a refresher course is normally two weeks;
  • the maximum number of participants is 20;
  • the courses take place in one of the countries on the NFP , NPT, NICHE and MENA country lists valid at the time of application.

Who is eligible?

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes offer funds for refresher courses for NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumni. Participants of refresher courses must meet the following requirements:

  • be professionals with at least three years’ work experience;
  • be nationals of, and working and living in one of the countries on the NFP, NPT, NICHE, MENA country lists valid at the time of application;
  • be NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumni, having completed any NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA-funded training or education course at least two years prior to the planned starting date of the refresher course;
  • not be employed by:
    • a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft);
    • a large national and/or large commercial organisation;
    • a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid);
    • a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB);
    • an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • be employed in an area to which the refresher course will make a relevant contribution;
  • have a clear-cut, functional relationship with a relevant organisation and be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into that organisation;
  • be available for the entire period of the course and be physically and mentally able to take part in the entire course;
  • endorse the objective and the aim of the NFP and use the new knowledge and skills to support the employing organisation and country.

To a limited extent, colleagues of participating NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumni may be allowed to attend the course. They should be direct colleagues who work in the same organisation or organisational unit as the NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumnus.

Also, one or two staff members of the partner institute in the NFP country concerned may be allowed to attend the refresher course. The applicable criteria are explained in more detail on the application form.


A subsidy to finance a refresher course may be requested by a Netherlands Alumni Association (NAA), an NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumnus, his or her employing organisation or a Dutch provider. The refresher course may be conducted by either the Dutch organisation that provided the original training course or by a different Dutch provider qualified in the relevant field of expertise.

Selection procedure

Proposals for refresher courses should be submitted directly to Nuffic. Organisations in developing countries, NFP, NPT, NICHE or MENA alumni or the Dutch organisation that will provide the course may submit proposals for refresher courses. The format to be used for writing a proposal for a refresher course can be downloaded below and is also available from the Netherlands embassies and consulates.

Nuffic will select the refresher courses to be delivered in 2015 by assessing the requests against the eligibility criteria as well as technical criteria of the project. Preference will be given to proposals for courses which:

  • will be jointly implemented by a Dutch institution and an institution or organisation in the country or region concerned;
  • guarantee that at least half of the participants will be female;
  • have a clearly demonstrated gender component;
  • will take place in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nuffic will inform the applicant about the outcome of the selection procedure, and award grants to the Dutch institutions accordingly.

Application deadline

There is one application deadline per year. Proposals for refresher courses to be conducted in 2015 should be submitted to Nuffic before 1 November 2014.

Application form

Click here to download the application form(758.7 KB).

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