Here is what you have to do in order to apply for a Danida fellowship. For information on who can apply, click here.
The procedures for Danida fellowship applications are stipulated in the Guidelines for Danida Fellowships.
New application procedure
From 2016, DFC has introduced an online application process as a measure to make the administration of applications more effective. During an expected transition period of 6 months, it will still be possible to apply by hard and soft copies of the old application form (see Old application procedure below). Please note, applicants need to be affiliated with a Danish supported development activity to be eligible to apply (read more here).
To start the online application process, the potential applicant needs to obtain a specific link for the learning programme in question. Each time a learning programme is advertised, Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) will send this link to the Danish Embassies in Danida priority countries; this is to ensure that only people who are affiliated with Danida funded Programmes/Projects are able to apply for the learning programme. Therefore applicants have to contact their local Danish Embassy or alternatively their Programme/Project to get the link for the application form. People who are affiliated with a Danish supported NGO can also apply – in this case, the link can be obtained from the NGO or from DFC.
The application must be endorsed by the applicant’s Programme/Project/NGO; they do this by filling in the Programme/Project Endorsement page which is available here. Please note, this needs to be uploaded to the online application. Without it, the application is not complete and will not be considered. The applications received will, after the deadline, be forwarded by DFC to the Danish Embassy for their endorsement. The selection of the participants will be carried out by DFC and learning programme providers based on applications received.
Old application procedure
The fellowship form and the application form for residence permit (for studies longer 90 days) are available at the local Danish embassy or they can be downloaded under Forms.
The fellowship form is to be filled in by the applicant, the Danida programme/project, and the embassy desk officer in order to ensure that the training is within the framework of national sector plans for capacity building.
The grant of fellowship is binding. Many expenses, for instance study fees, are committed when a fellowship is granted. Cancellations are therefore not acceptable, as it is often too late to find another candidate for the place already paid for. Especially for the interdisciplinary courses, cancellations are most unfortunate as many qualified applicants may have been turned down already.
For fellows staying in Denmark less than 90 days with a fixed study period – please contact the relevant embassy/VFS centre to obtain Schengen Visa.
For fellows staying in Denmark more than 90 days, DFC will forward the application form for residence permit for students in due time prior to your departure for Denmark. Part two of the form is filled in by DFC. The fellow should fill in part one and hand it over to the relevant embassy/VFS centre.
The application procedure described above is applicable regardless of whether the training is financed by the central fellowship grant or by Danida programme/project grants.