Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme is a €195-m Dutch global development programme, available in 52 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. Launched mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022.

The Orange Knowledge Programme promotes capacity building within organisations in 52 countries by providing training and education through scholarships for professionals. An OKP Scholarship covers all costs associated with completing an 18-month Master of Science study programme at IHE Delft.

The OKP countries are: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Eligibility and how to apply

Read more about the eligibility criteria for Orange Knowledge scholarships here:

Before you can submit your application for the scholarship, you first will have to apply for academic admission to one of the MSc specialisations of IHE Delft. Not all MSc specialisations are eligible for the Orange Knowledge scholarship. On the specialisation's webpage, you will find a tab "Tuition & fellowships", informing you whether or not Orange Knowledge scholarships are available for the specialisation.

You can only apply for one MSc specialisation for one academic year. In case you apply for two MSc specialisations, both applications will be immediately rejected. It is therefore very important that you very carefully read the contents of each specialisation. Choose the specialisation that best suits your academic background, work experience and future plans and apply by clicking the apply button at the upper right corner of the webpage of your preferred specialisation. Start the application process by creating an account to log in to the website's application tool.

Orange Knowledge scholarship

If you wish to be considered for an Orange Knowledge scholarship you will be asked to register your application in a special tool and you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • academical admission letter from IHE Delft;
  • a copy of your passport valid till at least 15 July 2020;
  • a current statement from your employer*, and;
  • depending on your country of employment, a government statement*.

*)You can download these documents from 

If you wish to be eligible for an Orange Knowledge scholarship, it is very important that you to submit your application for academic admission to IHE Delft before 23 February 2020. In the meantime you are advised to prepare the documents that you need to submit for the scholarship. Your fellowship and admission officer will inform you whether or not it is possible to submit your application.

Academically admitted applicants will receive an e-mail from their fellowship and admission officer in the middle of February 2020. They will receive a link to Delta, the system where they can register their application for the scholarship.

Employers' statement*

Requirements for employers' statement for OKP MSc scholarship nomination

Download the template here. Please ask your employer to carefully prepare this statement. The name of the programme and the start and end date should be correct (You can find the correct full name of the programme plus exact start and end date on your academic admission letter). If this is not correct your application for a scholarship will be immediately rejected.

This employers' statement is an important first criterion for IHE Delft to decide on your nomination for an Orange Knowledge scholarship and for the embassy to score your application for scholarship. When preparing this statement keep in mind that the aim of OKP is that the successful completion of a study programme should help you to further develop and strengthen the organization at which you work. You are advised to consult the country focus document for OKP. It is therefore important that this information is provided and comes back in the employers’statement part: Plan to implement the newly acquired knowledge and Relevance of the study.

Motivation student for OKP MSc scholarship nomination:

It is important that you pay utmost attention to your motivation for studying. We advise you to read the eligibility criteria of the embassy and take care that you answer all questions in such a way that it will lead to a positive assessment of IHE Delft and the embassy for selecting you.

You will be requested to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country;
  2. How will this course enable you to address this issue;
  3. How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation.


  • Your motivation should not be general, but unique. It is important that you show the embassy that upon return to your country, you will be in a position to effect a positive change in your organization and for your country. You have to impress both IHE Delft and the Netherlands representative. The information in your motivation should differ from what others complete. Pay attention to all different questions and do not give the same answer to the different questions. This information is very important for the embassies when they evaluate your application and cannot be underestimated.

Procedure after application

After we have received your application for academic admission, you will be informed within four weeks if you meet the admission requirements. 

Only if you are academically admitted and are from one of the countries mentioned on the OKP country list you are eligible for the OKP scholarship. 

In the second week of February, you will be requested via e-mail to register your OKP application in an online registration system called Delta. A web link will be provided. Do not share this web link with others. The deadline for registration of your application in Delta is 8 March 2020.
The programme committee at IHE Delft will consider all applicants who meet the minimum nomination criteria for possible nomination for an Orange Knowledge scholarship. You have to be aware that a request to register in Delta does not mean that you will be nominated and selected for the scholarship. IHE Delft will only be allowed to submit a certain number of nominations in Delta. Even if IHE Delft will nominate you for the Orange Knowledge scholarship, it will depend on the evaluation of nominated applicants done by the embassies, if you will be selected for a scholarship.

The final list of selected candidates, will be known in the middle of June. We will inform you by e-mail if you have been selected.


About the eligibility check of the embassy.

The embassy will decide if your application is eligible for a scholarship. In case your application is eligible it will be assessed by the Netherlands embassy on:

  • Your personal motivation to follow the programme: it needs to be unique and should impress the embassy. Pay a lot of attention to this.
  • The degree to which you fit into the target group of the programme.
  • How well you would be able to implement the newly-acquired knowledge in your daily work and to which extent you will be able to make a change in your country.
  • To what extent the knowledge will contribute to the development of your home country. Please note that there are focus areas for each country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed. Applications that fall within the focus areas for a specific country are given priority. Download the document with focus areas per country here:
  • How well your plans for the time after returning to your employer are described and how easily they can be implemented. 

There are always many interested candidates and the number of scholarships is small. Therefore you are always advised to search and apply for other possible scholarships as well. The chances for final selection are limited, even after we have nominated you for a scholarship.

The final list of selected candidates, will be known in the middle of June. We will inform you by e-mail if you have been selected.


23 February 2020
Deadline application for academic admission for IHE (joint) master programmes, with starting date between July-November 2020, for applicants who wish to be considered for an Orange Knowledge scholarship. Applicants from OKP countries who have received academic admission will be sent an e-mail with a link and information to apply for Orange Knowledge scholarship in Delta.

8 March 2020
Deadline for submission of Orange Knowledge scholarship application in Delta. All applications submitted after 8 March will not be taken into consideration.

Middle of June 2020
Outcome selection. All candidates with an eligible Orange Knowledge scholarship application in Delta will be informed about the outcome.

Short courses

Click here for more information about Orange Knowledge Programme and other scholarships for short courses.


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