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Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

Nuffic’s Orange Knowledge Programme is a global development programme, funded by the Dutch government. The OKP programme was preceeded by the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP). The OKP programme has a duration of 5 years and involves around 50 countries.

The Orange Knowledge Programme offers individual scholarships to mid-career professionals in eligible countries.

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

What is OKP?

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarship offered by the Dutch government and administered by Nuffic. OKP aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries. The programme is the successor of the NICHE and NFP programmes.

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Scholarship value

The scholarship value depends on the duration of your programme at the University of Twente as well as on the in-house or external components. Please note that the scholarship does not cover all the costs of the study trajectory. It is not a full fellowship. The details on coverage can be found in the Obligations for OKP scholarship holders.

Qualifying Master's and countries

Master's programmes
Business Administration

Do you want to devise solutions to complex and global business problems? We will teach you how to apply scientific methods in practice and equip you for a successful career in the business world.

Civil Engineering & Management

If you are eager to focus on both the technical and non-technical aspects of civil engineering projects and systems, then the Master’s in Civil Engineering and Management is the programme for you.

Communication Science

This one-year, English-taught Master’s degree will make become a highly valued communication specialist, equipped to help people and organizations navigate technological advances and societal shifts.

Construction Management & Engineering

Complex, innovative and multidisciplinary projects in a dynamic environment require a new breed of engineers who are able to expertly combine engineering knowledge with management skills.

Educational Science & Technology

This one-year English-taught MSc programme combines the science of learning with the role of 21st-century technology, equipping you to help people of all ages and stages of life learn successfully.

Industrial Design Engineering

Designing new products and improving existing ones is a continual process. Take the Master’s in IDE and discover the full potential of the interaction between design and engineering.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers focus on the design, analyses and maintenance of machinery, structures and products. The Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering zooms in on one of these disciplines.

Public Administration

In this one-year, English-taught Master’s, you will combine public administration with 21st-century skills and cross-disciplinary, technology-oriented research in a societal domain you care about.

Sustainable Energy Technology

The Master’s programme in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET) enables you to become an engineer with in-depth knowledge on renewable energy technologies.

Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Congo - Kinshasa
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Macedonia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Application deadline

  • 30 June 2020

How to apply

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

  • fulfill the below eligibility criteria (step 1)
  • are unconditionally admitted to the course by the University of Twente (see step 2).
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 course

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

Step 3: Assessment admission to course

Once (provisionally) admitted to the course 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 fellowship. 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).


  • 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 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 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 course, we stress you to inform us immediately.

Application opening

  • At the University of Twente on 30 March 2020 (for pre-processing); later on at NUFFIC on 13 May 2020.
  • Application form closes: At the University of Twente on 16 June 2020; later on at NUFFIC on 30 June 2020.

Applications must be submitted first to the University of Twente. After assessment and approval, the University of Twente will inform you in the Middle of May 2020 on how to apply for the OKP scholarship. Therefore, keep in mind the final application date at the University of Twente on 16 June 2020! After this date, no OKP applications can be accepted by the UT.

Before you apply, please read the requirements
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.
Please note: OKP is not available for Dutch and/or current UT students.


If you have additional questions about the OKP scholarship application process, please contact the OKP contact person for the University of Twente.