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Orange Knowledge Program (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) promotes the development of the capacity, knowledge, and quality of individuals and organizations in fields related to the priority themes in the OKP partner countries. The OKP is initiated and fully-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the budget for development cooperation.

Please note that this scholarship has received an extension of one year, becoming once more available for students starting in 2022.

OKP Scholarship

The OKP Scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that candidates must receive during their study period in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution towards the cost of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. If applicable, the OKP holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the amount of the personal OKP allowances.


The Scholarships are awarded via a competitive selection process to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce their newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization on their return.

Scholarship application criteria

How to apply

You must first apply for admission to one of Tilburg University’s one-year Master’s programs by February 2 (September intake). Please note that exact dates will be confirmed soon. 

  • This will ensure that your application for admission can be processed in time for consideration for the OKP.
  • You do not need to indicate that you want to apply for the Orange Knowledge Program. All students who (1) are conditionally admitted and (2) have a nationality that matches the criteria of the Orange Knowledge Program will automatically receive information from the International Admissions team about the application procedure for the OKP.
Prepare your Fellowship application
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Scholarship selection process

Summary of Deadlines

Important: Please note that the application deadlines for the 2022/2023 academic year have not yet been determined by NUFFIC. As soon as there is more clarity on the dates, this page will be updated. For more information, please check NUFFIC's OKP webpage.

Below is an overview of the deadlines for the academic year 2021/2022. Although the dates listed are not valid for the 2022/2023 academic year, you can still use them for your own reference, as an indication of the (expected) actions to be taken per month in the application process for the OKP scholarship.

The first deadline below relates to the September intake, the second deadline to the January intake.

  • February 2, 2021(*)
    Application for admission to Tilburg University must be complete and submitted via Tilburg University’s online application system, Osiris Aanmeld
    Action by: Candidate

  • February 3, 2021 (*)
    OKP application systems open.

  • March 23, 2021(*)
    Application must be complete in the OKP application system.
    Action by: Candidate

  • March 23, 2021(*)
    Candidate must meet the conditions of admission, detailed in the conditional admission statement.
    All conditions of admission must be met (as detailed in the conditional admission statement).
    Action by: Admitted candidate

  • April 6, 2021(*)
    Tilburg University nominates applications for selection by the appropriate Dutch Embassy.
  • May 18, 2021(*)
    Embassy assessment of applications must be complete.
  • June 3, 2021 (*)
    Final selection completed by Nuffic.
  • June 18, 2021(*)
  • Successful applicants will be informed about the outcome of their Scholarship application

(*) Please note: the deadlines are provisional and are subject to change. Read the latest information

Further information

For further information about the OKP please check the Study in Holland website.

Please note: the specific details of this Scholarship are subject to change.