Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme is a €195-m Dutch global development programme, available in 37 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.

Latest update: 31 January 2021

For All 18 months Delft-based MSc programmes, the one-year MSc programme in Sanitation and the joint programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, which will start in October 2021, partial OKP scholarships will be made available.

The OKP scholarship will cover the first 12 months of your MSc study. Funding for the remaining months (estimated at EUR 15,000), needs to be covered from other sources. We strongly advise you to search for this co-funding (private means, employer, other). In case you have found a co-funding source, please inform your fellowship officer immediately, who will send you further information. IHE Delft will search for co-funding for eligible OKP applicants who do not have the possibility for co-funding, but IHE Delft resources are limited.

Eligible OKP applicants who have found the co-funding amount themselves, have a very great chance for OKP nomination. The final decision on the award of OKP scholarship will be known after the final scoring has been done by the Netherlands embassies.

How to apply

Step 1: check if you are eligible

Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully (eligibility criteria OKP) 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.

For OKP, eligible countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.

Step 2: apply for admission

You will need to have academic admission for an eligible MSc programme at IHE Delft before you can apply for a scholarship. Please check the programmes and admission criteria and submit your online application for admission. IHE Delft aims to notify you about the outcome of your application within three weeks. If your application is accepted by IHE Delft you will be notified per email. Submit your online application for admission by 24th February 2021 at the latest. In the meantime start already to prepare the documents that need to be submitted to OKP (see below).

Step 3: apply for OKP through DELTA

You can apply for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship through Delta, the online application tool for Orange Knowledge scholarships during the scholarship application period. Application is open from 3 February 2021 until 7 March 2021. All candidates who have been academically accepted will receive an e-mail when Delta opens and you can submit your OKP application.

Please take note of the following:

  • You first need to have academically acceptance to one of IHE Delft eligible MSc programmes (see Step 1)
  • For most countries sufficient English test will be required. Please check if this is required for your country. If required, register to do this test as soon as possible as it may take time and test results should be submitted before the OKP application deadline of 8 March 2021.
  • If you are applying for the 1-year MSc programme in Sanitation, please note that the results of your entrance exam need to be submitted before the OKP application deadline of 7 March 2021.
  • If you are applying for the joint MSc programme in Limnology and Wetland Management, please note that a copy of your Boku admission letter needs to be submitted with your online application for admission with IHE Delft before the OKP application deadline of 8 March 2021.
  • It will not be necessary to upload an admission letter in Delta, but a valid passport copy will be required.
  • You will need to prepare and collect all the necessary documents in advance, this may take some time.
  • Incomplete applications in Delta will not be accepted, so please pay utmost attention to the documents you will need to prepare.
  • Delta will open 3 February 2021. If you have an academic admission with IHE Delft for one of the OKP eligible programmes, you will by then receive a link. We strongly advise you to already prepare the required documents as stated below.
  • It is important that you will discuss the relevance of the study programme you wish to follow, for yourself and for your employer beforehand. In your employer statement you will need to provide information about this relevance and this is an important selection criterion. We advise you to check the OKP country focus for your country before you start preparing your OKP application.

Use the following documents:

Important note

For the OKP scholarships for the MSc programmes 2021, co-funding to the amount of EUR 15,000 will be required. IHE Delft is exploring the possibilities for co-funding from other sources. In case you are able to co-fund this amount yourself (private, employer, other), please inform us. We will then send you a statement which we will request you to complete and return.

If IHE Delft approves this statement you can be guaranteed of nomination for an OKP scholarship, which will greatly improve your chances for being selected.

Besides OKP we advise you to check if you are eligible for Rotary or WMO scholarship. In case you are eligible we strongly advise you to apply for this scholarship. If you apply for both OKP and Rotary or WMO, and you meet the criteria for both, IHE Delft may be able to match the scholarships, which will increase your chances for one full combined scholarship.


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