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Scholarships for professionals from eligible countries who want to use their GEOScience skills to tackle global challenges in an international environment.


The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarship is offered by the Dutch government and administered by Nuffic. Scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.

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OKP Programme ends

As the current Nuffic OKP programme is ending in 2023, for the 2023 course intake, NUFFIC cannot offer the normal two-year Master's scholarship. Consequently, NUFFIC, together with ITC, has designed a co-funding scheme for the 2023 intake. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) finances the first academic year of your study. The remaining period of the study is financed by ITC.

On this page, you will find all the necessary information to apply for the co-financed Orange Knowledge Programme - ITC scholarship (OKP-ITC). We wish you good luck with your application!

The details on coverage can be found in the Obligations for OKP scholarship holders.

Qualifying master's and countries

The Orange Knowledge Programme individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals who are nationals of - and living and working in - the following countries.

Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Colombia
  • Congo - Kinshasa
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

Application deadline

How to apply

You can apply for the Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship (step 5) if you:

  • Step 1: Check the scholarship eligibility criteria
    • You hold the nationality of and are a resident working in one of the participating countries.

    • You are a professional who, in light of your:
      • role
      • multiple years of relevant work experience and
      • networks

        within a theme relevant to local development, is in a position or through your employer could be put in a position, to apply what you have learned in practice.

    •  You work for one of the following types of national or local organizations:
      • ministries,
      • secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions,
      • universities,
      • private sector,
      • commissions or NGOs.

    • You may not work for:
      • a bilateral or multilateral organization;
      • a non-governmental organization that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature, and environmental protection, health or human rights.

        'Non-governmental organization' means a non-profit-making organization, not created by government authority and not legally or operationally linked to a government authority, which has legal personality under civil law.
  • Step 2: Apply for a programme

    Before you can apply for the OKP scholarship you will need to apply for the programme first. We will determine your qualification for a provisional nomination and pre-nomination position for OKP based on your academic application.

    Apply for the Master's:

  • Step 3: Assessment admission to programme

    Once (provisionally) admitted to the programme you will receive further information on how to proceed with your OKP scholarship application.

  • Step 4: Prepare for OKP application

    Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you are certain that you are eligible for an OKP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.

    There are many more applications than there are scholarships available. Not everyone who applies will receive an OKP scholarship. To increase your chance of getting awarded with a scholarship it is important that you submit all the required and necessary information.


    • Employer statement Since your employer needs to support your application, you will need to provide an employer’s statement. In this statement, your employer declares to continue to pay your salary during the programme, and after your return, will give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned in practice. 

    • Motivation Make sure that you provide a compelling motivation about how your participation in the course will make a positive impact on you, your employer and your country.

      Please note that there are focus areas for each country. Only applications that fall within the focus area of your country of employment are eligible. It is advised to contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in your country on this issue.

    • Government statement A number of countries require a statement from the government before you can apply. 

      If mandatory for your country, you should upload a government statement following this format.

    • Identity document You should upload a copy of your identity card or passport. Your identity document should be valid for the entire application process.

    • (Conditional) Admission letter If you meet all the academic and eligibility requirements you have received this letter from the University of Twente.
  • Step 5: Apply for an OKP scholarship

    You will be invited by the University of Twente to apply for the OKP scholarship. You will receive a link to a web-form (DELTA) for the formal OKP application process.

    Before you start filling out the registration form, please read the registration instructions carefully and make sure you have all the necessary documents at hand (see step 4).


    • During the scholarship application in DELTA, you will be asked whether you are (a) a co-finance candidate or (b) a full scholarship candidate. Please indicate that you are a co-finance candidate
    • Before submitting your application, do a final check. Once you have submitted your application, it will no longer be possible to make any adjustments.
    • Only applications with all the required documents, complete and in the correct formats will be considered as valid.
    • Once submitted, your application will be assessed on eligibility and relevance.
    • The scholarship applicant must not receive more than one OKP scholarship for courses/programmes that take place at the same time. If the scholarship applicant submits two or more scholarship applications for courses/programmes that take place at the same time:
      • The scholarship application that was registered first in the scholarship application system will be processed;
      • The other scholarship application(s) will be declared not eligible.
  • Step 6: Pre-nomination

    From all applicants who have applied, the University of Twente nominates a selected group for an OKP-ITC scholarship. Depending on the deadline that applies to your course, you will be informed after the first Tuesday in April, August or November (see table) whether or not you have been nominated.

    If you have not been pre-nominated, we advise you to seek other funding.

    If you are nominated please note that this is a pre-nomination. It does not mean you acquired an OKP-ITC scholarship yet.

  • Step 7: Assesment OKP application and allocation
    • Embassies will assess the applications based on the country's focus.
    • Nuffic will allocate scholarships according to the available budgets.
    • The University of Twente will inform you about your selection.

    If you have been selected, yet are not in the position to attend the programme, we stress you to inform us immediately.

Application Opening and Deadline 


Deadline (application form closes)


Before you apply, please check the eligibility criteria ('How to apply' Step 1)
You will have to apply for a Master's programme first. Once you applied for a Master's programme and received an admission letter, you can apply for the scholarship. OKP is not available for Dutch and/or current UT students.

Applications must be submitted first to the University of Twente. After assessment and approval, the University of Twente will inform you at the beginning of February 2023 on how to apply for the new (OKP) scholarship. Therefore, keep in mind the final application date at the University of Twente on 22 March 2023! After this date, no new (OKP) applications can be accepted by the UT.

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