To have an application considered, the candidate must meet certain requirements – read more below. For information on how to apply, click here.
Fellowships will primarily be granted to nationals from developing countries who are working in organizations affiliated with Danida supported programmes/projects including government, private sector, and civil society employees. Eligible staff from organizations in growth and transition countries involved in the Partnering with Denmark facility can also apply.
People employed in an advisory capacity, e.g. employees of firms acting as advisors; implementing bodies for Danida or the programme country, are not eligible for a fellowship.
Embassy employees may participate in DFC learning programmes, if there are available slots at the learning programme. Please see below for more information or contact DFC.
Considerations and Qualifications
Candidates for participation in learning programmes should be nominated based on their role and position in the organization, with a special view towards ability to apply and disseminate learning derived from the participation.
Although there are no fixed age limits from DFC’s side, age limits may be fixed locally taking into consideration local retirement age. In general, age is considered when there are more than enough qualified candidates. The candidates’ position in the programme/project should be more essential than their age.
The candidates’ prior education, skills and language proficiency is also part of the overall consideration.
Learning programmes are usually arranged in English. For these programmes, candidates must have a good command of the English language both when it comes to reading, speaking and writing.
Furthermore, candidates must have IT skills which enable them to use the internet as well as a standard software package.
In order to promote the nomination of women and to improve on the number of women participating, qualified women are, when suitable, given preference during the selection process.
To encourage programmes/organizations to nominate more than one candidate and thus gain a more substantial outcome from the learning, priority is given in case of multiple candidates from one programme/organization.
Fee Structure for Interdisciplinary Learning Programmes
The fee structure for interdisciplinary learning programmes is based on a cost sharing setup where programmes/projects/NGOs are charged DKK 7,000 per study week for learning programmes conducted in Denmark and DKK 5,000 per study week for learning programmes conducted in the Danida priority countries. This includes tuition fee, return air ticket, accommodation, personal allowances, insurances and visa fee (other visa-related costs are not covered).
The rationale behind the fee structure consisting of a relatively small fee paid by the participant’s organization is threefold. 1) the programmes/organizations, which do have funds for capacity development, will be able to forward applications for more than one candidate, and thereby be able to develop the capacity of a critical mass, 2) DFC wishes to decrease the number of late cancellations, and 3) DFC wishes to make learning programmes available for a larger group, including the Danida programmes with less funds put aside for capacity development.
In case of late cancellations (i.e. when replacements cannot be organized), the fee is non-refundable.
Civil Society Applications
National NGOs who are in partnerships with Danish NGOs which receive funding via Danida may nominate staff provided the Danish NGO supports the application and the required co-funding is available.
As it is not possible for Embassies to know about all these collaborations, it is DFC’s responsibility to ensure that the required support and funding is in place. When this is the case, Embassies are requested to let DFC know that the Embassy is not in a position to endorse the application.
Embassy Staff Participation
The embassy employees will, when feasible and possible, take up 1-2 slots of a learning programme, and will be charged for the marginal expenses only, i.e. travel, accommodation and per diem.
Hence, in order to ease the administration burden and make the cost equal for all, DFC has worked out the following fixed rates for participation in learning programmes in Denmark and priority countries:
Learning programmes in Denmark – DKK 8,250 /week
Learning programmes in priority country – DKK 6,000 /week
In case DFC receives more Embassy applications than the allocated slots, DFC may consult MFA on which criteria to use for the selection.