The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the water, agrofood and renewable energy sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals

Our Young Experts

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Young Experts

As a Young Expert you get the opportunity to gain experience in an intercultural environment and develop your personal goals for a period of 1 or 2 years. You are employed by a Dutch organisation, and work on a specific project related to either Water, Agrofood and/or Renewable Energy. At the same time you receive intensive coaching, and attend training sessions and master classes in order to develop your skills. An example of the training programme can be found on this page. As we regularly monitor the results and efficacy of the training programme, this is subject to change. Potential Young Experts can take the selftest to see whether you might be eligible to apply for a Young Expert position.


YEP is open for projects in one of the countries that are eligible for grants from the Dutch Good Growth Fund. The full and updated list of countries can be found on the right. If you are a motivated young professional, YEP is a wonderful opportunity to invest in yourself, and to make an impact by working on a project for an extensive period of time. Do you think you have got what it takes to become a Young Expert yourself? Take the test!


Selection process


Young Experts

The Young Expert Programmes are open to Dutch Young Experts and Local Young Experts from any of the eligible countries. There is a difference in the selection process for both. Local Young Experts apply by approaching Dutch organisations, who conduct their own selection process, and Dutch Young Experts apply when new vacancies are posted online.



Throughout the year organisations that meet the criteria can submit project proposals, which will be assessed and rated three times a year, after the deadline. A detailed description of the submission process for a project proposal can be found here.



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The Young Expert Programmes are established to ensure the continued availability of Young Experts and their expertise for the Dutch Water, Agrofood en Renewable Energy sectors in the future: invest in the development of human capital! To achieve this, Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and NGO's can submit a proposal for an international development aid and trade project for the deployment of a Young Expert.


Projects can employ either a Dutch Young Expert or a Local Young Expert. Dutch Young Experts can be placed in one of the countries that are eligible, whereas the local Young Experts can only be placed in the country of which they have the nationality, and only those on the list of eligible countries. Young Experts are placed on projects that are related to the Water, Agrofood and/or Renewable Energy themes and that contribute to the goals the Dutch government has set with regards to development cooperation.These projects are jointly financed by the organisation and the subsidy of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The financial support for the deployment of a Dutch Young Expert is maximised at €40,000 per year and 50% of the total costs. Financial support for the deployment of a Local Young Expert is maximised at €12,000 per year and 50% of the total cost of the placement. A detailed specification of the division of costs can be found here. Both the organisation and YEP Programmes invest in the training and coaching of the Young Experts. By doing so, the Young Experts get the opportunity to work in an international environment, and the organisations can make use of their expertise. The organisation can either employ a Dutch Young Expert, or a Local Young Expert: there is a difference in the costs and application process for both. Both the organisation as well as the project proposal has to meet a list of requirements. Take the test now and see if you might be eligible to submit a project!



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