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Orange Knowledge Programmes (OKP) for short courses

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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.

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:

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

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

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

Application requirements

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 fulfill the following requirements:


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 four weeks after 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..

How to apply

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. 

How does it work?

The university will determine your qualification for a provisional nomination and pre-nomination position for OKP funding based on your academic application.  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:

It is not possible to save your application or return to it at a later stage. Once the institute OKP deadline is passed, applications will no longer be considered.

Application deadline information

* Applications must be submitted first to the University of Twente. After assessment and approval, the University of Twente will inform you on how to apply for the OKP scholarship. Therefore, keep in mind the final application date at the University of Twente on 15 March 2023! After this date, no OKP applications can be accepted by the UT.