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Information for selected candidates

You have been selected for an NFP fellowship and you will have to make preparations for your travel and stay in the Netherlands (or another country if your course does not take place in the Netherlands). Please read the information presented below carefully.

After the selection, the Dutch institution will contact you by email. The Dutch institution will: send you a signed fellowship allocation including an overview of your allowances; contact you to make travel arrangements and arrange your insurance.


You must regularly check your email and respond quickly and adequately to the questions / information from the Dutch institution. You must inform the Dutch institution of any changes in your personal situation which might affect the fellowship.

Pregnancy and childbirth The NFP gives priority to fellowship applications from female candidates. However, pregnancy and childbirth can cause a number of financial, insurance, legal and logistical problems that are not easily solved and are therefore best avoided during the fellowship period.

Medical expenses Expenses for medical care related to a pregnancy are very expensive in the Netherlands. You cannot cover these expenses from your fellowship. Medical expenses arising from a pregnancy that already existed on the date when the insurance certificate was issued are not covered by the insurance and cannot be claimed from Nuffic.

Practical matters The fellowship is not sufficient for the care of a newborn and/or support of a family member; Most Dutch institutions do not have day-care facilities for children of students and/or researchers; In most cases, housing facilities and/or landlords do not allow children and/or do not offer facilities to accommodate children.

Availability If pregnancy, childbirth and/or care of the newborn cause an interruption to and/or delay in the course or programme, you are considered not compliant with the eligibility criterion to be available full time to pursue the course or programme without interruption, and to be physically and mentally able to take

part in the entire programme. Such noncompliance is most probably a reason for Nuffic to withdraw your fellowship.

If you find out you are pregnant, please inform the Dutch Institution as soon as possible in order to discuss the situation with both the Dutch Institution and Nuffic.

Immigration procedure The Dutch institution will provide the necessary information and instructions on how to obtain a visa. If you received an NFP fellowship for a period longer than three months the Dutch Institution will request an MVV (long stay visa) on your behalf. You will receive a notification when you can collect your visa.

If you received an NFP fellowship for a period shorter than three months the Dutch institution will not apply for an entry visa, but will inform you how to apply for a short stay visa. You must obtain your visa from the Netherlands embassy in your home country or in a neighboring country. Check the website of the Netherlands embassy for up-to-date information about opening hours.

Not all counties on the NFP country list have a Netherlands Embassy or a Netherlands Embassy able to provide visas. In this case fellowship holders have to apply for a visa at a Netherlands embassy in a neighboring country. All related costs must be paid by the fellowship holder.

Insurance The Dutch institution will arrange insurance for you. The Dutch institution will send you your insurance certificate by email. Work Your NFP allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living. You can therefore be faced with additional expenses (e.g. extra costs for housing). You are advised to check with the Dutch institution if this may be the case. The allowances are not sufficient to support family members, either in the home country or in the Netherlands. You are exempted from paying Dutch tax and from the statutory health insurance. However, if you take up a paid job or internship you are no longer exempted from paying tax and you must take out the statuary health insurance. Taxes and insurance premiums are not covered by the NFP fellowship. The insurance arranged by the Dutch Institution is sufficient to meet the visa requirements. Insurance coverage is worldwide and also includes NFP courses or programmes that are held outside the Netherlands. The insurance is valid for the entire fellowship period. You do not have to take out the statutory basic healthcare policy in the Netherlands.

Housing The Dutch institution arranges appropriate housing for you. These arrangements can vary from a hotel room to a unit in the Dutch institutions own hostel or student apartments, or accommodation rented from a private landlord. The reimbursement for housing is fixed (and can be found in the NFP rules and regulations). Accommodation is arranged for you only. If you wish other, more expensive accommodation, you must pay the additional costs yourself..

Payments The Dutch institution will send you a monthly installment. However, the first installment of your subsistence allowance is usually not paid until a few days after your arrival. You are therefore advised to bring some money to cover your expenses during these first few days either in the Netherlands or in another country.

Diploma validation You are advised to check beforehand what you must do to have your Dutch diploma or certificate legalised, verified or authenticated to be valid in your own country. You must immediately inform the Dutch institution about specific procedures, if applicable, so that they can be completed during your fellowship period.

Problems and conflicts During your NFP fellowship period, the Dutch institution will provide ongoing personal and study guidance. Problems must generally be resolved with the Dutch institution by means of the complaints procedure of the Dutch institution.

Complaints about the Dutch Institution If you feels that the Dutch institution has not acted in accordance with the Code of Conduct (, you should submit a complaint to the responsible office at the institution. Please refer to the Dutch institutions complaints procedure. If you feel that the Dutch institution has not handled your complaint properly and that it is still not complying with the Code of Conduct, you may submit a complaint to the National Commission. For further information on this subject, please refer to DUO-IB-Groep website: