Orange knowledge programmes (OKP) for short courses

  • Bachelor, Master, Phd
  • Depends on the duration
  • 27 September 2022

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.


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: • 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. 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. 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 might be required to submit a government statement • You must not be nominated for more than one OKP fellowship for courses/programmes that take place at the same time.

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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 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.

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