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NFP / OKP Scholarship Programme

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

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

The objective is to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by strengthening the skills and knowledge of both individuals, groups of individuals and organisations. 

Priority themes

The programme offers scholarships, training and institutional partnerships between education institutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and higher education, in fields related to the priority themes of the Dutch government:

  • Food and nutrition security
  • Water, energy and climate
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Security and the rule of law

The Orange Knowledge Programme consists of 4 instruments. This page focuses on the instrument individual scholarships for mid-career professionals.

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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 fellowship holders.

Country of Origin

Please check this listing for participating OKP countries.  

Application deadlines


Course starts (between) 

Registration opens

Registration closed

Decision after

Master's and Postgraduate diploma

28 July 2019 - 23 Nov 2019

05 Feb 2019

18 March 2019

10 June 2019

Certificate (short course)

28 July 2019 - 23 Nov 2019

05 Feb 2019

18 March 2019

10 June 2019

Certificate (short course)

24 Nov 2019 – 22 Feb 2020

06 June 2019

19 July 2019

24 Sept 2019

Certificate (short course)

23 Feb 2020 – 27 July 2020

05 Sep 2019

18 Oct 2019

01 Jan 2020

* 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 scholarship yet.

Application Procedure

The application and nomination process of the OKP programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been executed by the University of Twente. Application for an OKP scholarship is a procedure separate from the application for course entry. Regardless of funding, you will need to register for a course first. The university will determine your qualification for a provisional nomination and pre-nomination position for OKP funding based on your academic application.

Before applying for OKP (NFP) you need to be admitted to a course
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Requirements for application

To be considered for a provisional nomination you must be found eligible/unconditionally admitted by the University of Twente. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

  • You are a national of, and must live and work in one of the participating countries
  • You must not be employed by a large organisation which can be expected to have their own funds for staff development, e.g.: a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft); a large national and/or a large commercial organisation; a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid); a multilateral donor organisation (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB); an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • You are a professional with multiple years of relevant work experience and a network within a (local, regional) developmental relevant theme.
  • You must be nominated by your employer to be considered for nomination This means you will need to provide an employer’s statement. You can download the mandatory format of this letter via the Nuffic OKP website or by clicking here. You must not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development or is considered a large business;
  • You must supply a motivation on why you wish to be nominated. Please see a format for motivation here. For OKP certain priorities have been indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is advised to clearly state your affinity and interest in one of the priority areas for OKP in your country and/or region. It is advised to contact your Embassy on this issue. You may also find the themes here.
  • You might be required to submit a government statement. Please check this listing if you are required to do so. Click here for the mandatory format.
  • You must not be nominated for more than one OKP fellowship for courses/programmes that take place at the same time.

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

How to apply

If you are considered eligible for consideration for OKP funding by the University of Twente you will receive a link a web-form (DELTA) for the formal OKP application process.

Before you start filling out the registration form, please read the registration instructions for candidates carefully.

When you apply using the candidate registration form, it is essential to have all required, aforementioned documents readily available. Please make sure you have the following documents at hand:

  • Copy of Identity card or passport (valid for the entire application process)
  • Employer statement (see format above)
  • (Conditional) Admission letter
  • Motivation (see format above)
  • If applicable: Government Statement

It is not possible to save your application or return to it in a later stage. Once the institute OKP deadline is passed, applications will be longer considered.

The University of Twente will determine the final pre-nomination positions based on your application in DELTA. You will be informed on the outcome accordingly within 4 weeks after the deadline.

The University of Twente plays no part in the final allocation of a scholarship. Nuffic will determine the allocation of fellowships and will also consult Embassies in the selection process. If you have been selected by Nuffic, yet are not in the position to attend the course under OKP we stress you to inform us immediately.

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