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Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) for Master programmes

What's the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation about?

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.

Important Note

Master's longer than one academic year

Due to the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) end date, this will be the final round to get a scholarship for a Master's programme. In addition to scholarships for 1-year Master's programmes, we are happy to announce that we can offer co-financed scholarships for Master's programmes that are longer than one academic year. These Master's are:

For more information about these co-financed scholarships for Master's we refer you to the Faculty ITC.

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Ekow from Ghana studied at the University of Twente | Faculty ITC on an OKP | NFP scholarship. This is his story! 

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

Countries eligible for this scholarship
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Colombia
  • Congo - Kinshasa
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

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 Orange Knowledge Programme you will need to apply for a programme 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 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 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 programme, we stress you to inform us immediately.

Application opening

NOTE: take special notice of the cost-sharing procedure for the MSc programme in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation and the MSc programme in Spatial Engineering before you apply for the OKP scholarship for these two Master programmes.

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 2022 on how to apply for the OKP scholarship. Therefore, keep in mind the final application date at the University of Twente on 15 March 2022! 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.