Master's students at their graduation ceremony

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.

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) or June 18 (January intake).

    • 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
    Registration form
    Scholarship selection process

    Summary of Deadlines

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

    • February 1/June 7
      OKP application systems open.

    • February 2/June 18
      Application for admission to Tilburg University must be complete and submitted via Tilburg University’s online application system, MySAS
      Action by: Candidate

    • March 20/July 18
      Application must be complete in the OKP application system.
      Action by: Candidate

    • April 1/July 18
      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 5/August 2
      Tilburg University nominates applications for selection by the appropriate Dutch Embassy.
    • May 15/September 4
      Embassy assessment of applications must be complete.
    • May 24/September 11
      Final selection completed by Nuffic.
    • June 7/September 25
      Successful applicants will be informed about the outcome of their Scholarship application.

    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.