Scholarships

NFP / OKP Scholarship Programme

Scholarships for degree, diploma and certificate (short) programmes for professionals from selected developing countries. 

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is currently being phased out. The last fellowships under NFP for degree, diploma and certificate (short) programmes, were awarded after the April 2017 application deadline.

The new programme is called Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP).

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Application and nomination process

The application and nomination process of the OKP (NFP) scholarship programmes funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is executed by the University of Twente. You need to apply directly with the University of Twente.

In case you intend to apply for OKP (NFP) please make sure your application for the course is in the ITC system well before the OKP (NFP) deadline (min. 2 weeks prior to OKP (NFP) deadline). The faculty ITC needs this time to process your academic assessment and provisional acceptance to the programme and OKP (NFP) eligibility check.

Application for an OKP (NFP) scholarship is a procedure separate from the application for course entry at the University of Twente. Regardless of funding, you will need to register for a course at the University of Twente first. The University of Twente plays no part in the final allocation of a scholarship.

For whom

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) (former NFP) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes capacity building within organizations in 51 countries (please see the eligible country list for OKP (NFP) here) by providing scholarships for training and education for professionals. OKP (NFP) offers scholarships for degree, diploma and certificate (short) courses.

You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of OKP (NFP) to be eligible for a scholarship. These criteria can be found at the webpage of EP-Nuffic who administers the Orange Knowledge Programme.

How to apply for these scholarships

If you seek funding by OKP (NFP)  to study at the University of Twente you need to apply for a course first.

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The University of Twente  will determine your qualifications for a provisional nomination and pre-nomination position for OKP (NFP) f unding based on your academic application.

The OKP (NFP) process consists of three stages:

  1. Provisional nomination
  2. Pre-nomination
  3. Selection

Stage 1: Provisional nomination

During your application for a course at the University of Twente you will be asked the question "Do you wish to be nominated for OKP (NFP) or MSP/MENA?"

  1. You can only apply for OKP (NFP) when you live and work in one of the countries on the OKP (NFP) country lists. The country list of OKP (NFP) consist of 51 countries. Keep in mind it is only a provisional nomination. OKP (NFP) priority is also given to Sub-Sahara countries and female applicants. 
  2. You have to be nominated by your employer to be provisionally considered for a nomination position. This means you will need to provide to the University of Twente an employer’s statement. You can find the format of this letter here. The employer’s letter should be written on employer’s letter heading and signed and stamped by an authorized person/head of organization. The letter should be dated. If your letter does not meet this format your application will be discarded and you will not qualify for provisional nomination or pre-nomination.
  3. You must supply a motivation on why you wish to be provisionally nominated by the University of Twente. Please see an example of the subjects that need to be addressed in your motivation here. Please note that Nuffic on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers the OKP (NFP) programme. For OKP (NFP) certain priorities have been indicated, such as Food Security. It is advised to clearly state your affinity and interest in one of the priority areas for OKP (NFP) in your country.
  4. If you work for a government entity, you might be required to submit a government statement. Check this listing for OKP (NFP) if you are required to do so. This is the link to the OKP (NFP) government statement form.

If you apply for a course you are requested to upload these documents during the online registration process.

Use the formats prescribed. If your statements do not meet the formats your application will be discarded and you will not qualify for provisional nomination or pre-nomination.

If you registered at the University of Twente, meet the OKP (NFP) requirements and submitted all required documents, you are considered eligible for provisional nomination by the University of Twente. If you have been provisionally nominated, you will receive a link to a web-form (of Nuffic) for the formal OKP (NFP) application process.

If you have not heard anything from the University of Twente at least four months prior to the start of the course, your application was not considered for provisional nomination. Priority is given to others. You are advised to seek other types of funding.

Stage 2: Pre-nomination

The web-form will be active six weeks prior to the OKP (NFP) selection deadline. You will be informed on the accessibility of the form via the provisional nomination e-mail and you will receive the link to the web-form.

It is essential you have all documents that are needed to fill out the form readily available to you. Please make sure you have the following documents at hand:

  • Copy of Identity card or passport
  • Employer statement (2 pages, 1 document)
  • Admission letter of the University of Twente
  • Motivation

You only get one attempt at filling out the form. It is not possible to save your application during registering and you cannot return to the registration in a later stage to make changes or additions. All needs to be completed in one session. You will have a window of four to five weeks after the opening of the form to register. After that any application will no longer considered for pre-nomination.

The University of Twente will determine the final pre-nomination list based on your application in the web-form, on OKP (NFP) requirements and priorities indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

application deadlines

Programme 

Course starts (between) 

Nuffic's Webform / ATLAS opens

Nuffic's Webform / ATLAS closes

Nuffic decision after:

Master's and Postgraduate diploma

28 July 2018 - 23 November 2018

05 February 2018

15 March 2018

10 June 2018

Certificate (short course)

28 July 2018 - 23 November 2018

05 February 2018

15 March 2018

10 June 2018

Certificate (short course)

24 November 2018 - 22 February 2019

07 June 2018

20 July 2018

07 October 2018

Certificate (short course)

23 February 2019 – 19 July 2019

10 September 2018

20 October 2018

07 January 2019

* Dates are subject to change.

If you have not been pre-nominated by the University of Twente you will be informed accordingly after the first Tuesday in November, April or August, depending on the deadline that applies to your course. See table. Priority is given to others and you are advised to seek other funding.

In case of pre-nomination you will receive a message from the University of Twente after the first Tuesday in November, April or August, depending on the deadline that applies to your course. See table. Please note this is a pre-nomination. It does not mean you acquired an OKP or a MENA scholarship yet!

Stage 3: Selection

Nuffic will determine the allocation of scholarships and will also consult the Embassies in the selection process. Nuffic will take about eight weeks to select OKP (NFP) scholarship holders and will inform the University of Twente on the outcome.

You will be informed by the University of Twente on having received the offer of an OKP (NFP) scholarship.

If you have been selected, yet are not in the position to attend the course under OKP (NFP) we stress you to immediately inform us on this cancellation! This gives us the opportunity to revoke your scholarship and offer it to a reserve candidate.

When you have been pre-nominated by the University of Twente, yet have not been selected by Nuffic, you will be informed by the University of Twente accordingly, with the reason(s) why you were rejected.  All decisions are final and we advise you to seek other type(s) of funding.

OKP (NFP)  contract

When you have been selected for an OKP (NFP) scholarship you will receive a contract for you to sign and return to the University of Twente as soon as possible. You will also receive the OKP (NFP) rules and regulations simultaneously.