Professional Development Grants for International Students at University of Twente Netherlands

Professional Development Grants for International Students at University of Twente Netherlands

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Professional Development Grants:

Professional Development Grants (PDGs) provide support for mid-career conservationists to pursue short-term, non-degree training to upgrade their knowledge and skills through short courses, workshops, symposiums, conferences, and professional exchanges.


The University of Twente is a dynamic, entrepreneurial university. The research institutes combine scientific excellence with a sharp eye for knowledge valorization and social applications and are highly successful in generating spin-off businesses. The university offers PhD programs, post-academic programs and a range of 21 bachelor’s and 30 master’s degree programs in the field of technology and behavioral and social sciences. A multidisciplinary approach and project-oriented education are characteristic for our educational activities.

Study Level:

Bachelors and Masters

Area of Study:

Nanotechnology, Information technology, Biomedical technology and Technical medicine, Sustainable energy and smart devices, Governance, Behavioral sciences and Geo-information science/Earth observation.


PDGs support training-related costs, including registration fees and tuition, meals and accommodations, books and materials, international travel, visa fees, and local transportation. Training may take place anywhere in the world and applicants can request up to $6,500.

Eligible Nationalities:

  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Colombia
  • Congo – Brazzaville
  • Congo – Kinshasa
  • Ecuador
  • Fiji
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Solomon Islands
  • Suriname
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

Eligibility Criteria:

You must:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible country.
  • Have at least three years of paid work experience in a conservation-related field in your home country.
  • Have applied to or already be accepted to participate in the proposed training at the time you submit your application.
  • Your current work and proposed training must help advance conservation in your home country.
  • Not be enrolled in an academic degree program.
  • Have approval from your employer to participate in the proposed training and the promise of continued employment.
  • Have a bank account in your own name that can receive US dollars and international wire transfers.
  • Not have received funding from EFN in the past. Previous PDG recipients may be eligible for Alumni Grants.
  • Submit all required documents by the application deadline.

Application Procedure:

Individuals may submit an online application at any time. Completed applications will be reviewed on the dates noted above, and applicants will be notified of the results within one month after the application deadline. Please note: PDGs are highly competitive. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee you will receive a grant.

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