Orange Knowledge Programme

Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, has developed a new scholarship programme called the Orange Knowledge Programme. This programme merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach. One component of the programme is the availability of individual scholarships for professionals.

MSc Programmes

Click here to see the provisional list of countries whose citizens are eligible for scholarships. It is only possible to be considered for a scholarship after you have first applied for academic admission for one of the eligible MSc programmes for the academic year 2018-2020 and have received a provisional admission. After you have gone through the admission procedure at IHE and you meet the academic admission requirements, your fellowship officer will send you a provisional admission letter as well as a link which will refer you to a website, which is called Atlas, where you can register your application for an OKP fellowship. The deadline for registration for this OKP fellowship is 5 March 2018.

In order to register for OKP fellowship the following documents are required (besides the provisional admission letter) and you are advised to prepare them in advance:

  • a copy of your passport with validity till at least 15 July 2018;
  • an employer statement, and;
  • depending on your country of employment, a government statement. As the deadline for registration in Atlas is 5 March and the admission procedure at IHE takes about two weeks, you are requested to apply for academic admission with IHE 25 February 2018 at the latest. 

Eligibility and how to apply

In order to be eligible for an OKP MSc Scholarship, you:

  • must be a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the provisional OKP country list;
  • must have an employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided: All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
  • must not be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff-development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft), large national and/or a large commercial organisations, bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB), international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • must have an official passport which is valid till at least 15 July 2018;
  • must not receive more than one scholarship for courses that take place at the same time;
  • must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable) Check if for your country such a statement is required (download document).

Application procedure:
The next step is to apply for academic admission for one of the MSc programmes that are eligible for OKP fellowship. When you click on the link of the programme and thereafter on the link of the specialization, you will find at the bottom of the page a tab "tuition & fellowships". When you open that tab you find OKP as a possible sponsor, this means this programme is eligible for OKP. You can only apply for one MSc specialization for one academic year. In case you apply for two MSc specializations, both applications will be immediately rejected. It is therefore very important that you carefully read the contents of each specialization. Choose the specialization 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 specialization. 


Employers' statement

Requirements for employers' statement for OKP MSc scholarship nomination

download  employer statement

Carefully prepare the statement. The name of the programme and the start and end date should be correct. If this is not correct your application for fellowship will be immediately rejected. It is extremely important to ask your employer to carefully prepare the employers' statement. This is an important first criterion for IHE Delft to decide on your nomination for an OKP 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. 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. 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 if you meet the admission requirements. If you can be academically admitted, you will receive a provisional admission letter together with a link, which will refer you to Atlas, the tool where you can register your application for OKP fellowship. Deadline 5 March 2018. All applications received in Atlas after this date, will not be considered for a fellowship.

The programme committee at IHE Delft will consider all applicants who meet the minimum nomination criteria for possible nomination for an OKP MSc scholarship. You have to be aware that a request to register in Atlas 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 Atlas. Even if IHE Delft will nominate you for the OKP MSc 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 beginning 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. If 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. Your application will be assessed according to the country focus an embassy may have set. If for example you submit an application for an OKP scholarship in the field of Health Sciences while Agriculture is a country focus, your chances of obtaining a scholarship will decrease.
  • 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 apply for other possible sponsors 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 beginning of June 2018. We will inform you by e-mail if you have been selected.

Short Courses

Click here for more information about OKP and other fellowships for short courses.


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