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Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme (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
    • you must be interested in one of Tilburg University's one-year Master's programs
    • you must be a professional and national of, and working and living in, one of the countries on the OKP country list  valid at the time of application.  Currently, the participating countries are: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia,  Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon,  Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and.
    • you must have a current employer’s statement which complies with the template provided by the Nuffic. All information and all commitments detailed in the templates must be included in the statement;
    • you must not be employed by an organization which can be expected to have its own means of staff development. Such organizations are, for example:
      - multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft)
      - large national and/or a large commercial organizations
      - bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid
      - multilateral donor organizations, (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB)
      - international NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
    • you must have an official passport valid until at least three months after the date you submit your application;
    • you must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable).

    How to apply

    You must first apply for admission to one of Tilburg University’s one-year Master’s programs by February 1, 2023 (September 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 Tilburg University about the application procedure for the OKP.
    Prepare your Fellowship application

    If you are certain that you are eligible for an OKP Scholarship, we recommend that you start to collect your application documents as soon as possible. You will only be able to start your OKP application after you have been admitted to a program of study and after the OKP application system opens on February 8, 2023  for the September intake(*). 

    Your scholarship application must be submitted online  and must be complete before the Scholarship application deadline, which is March 30, 2023 (16.00 CET) for the September intake. All registered students (both conditional and unconditional admitted) from one of the OKP eligible countries (see above) will receive an information sheet (including the link to the application system) by the end of February 2023.

    Please note: you must also meet the conditions of admission detailed in your conditional admission statement by March 30, 2023.

    In the  scholarship application, you must complete your personal details, the program for which you want to register for an OKP Scholarship, and include a motivation letter. You must also upload the following documents:

    • a copy of a valid passport
    • a statement from your employer
    • a statement from your government (if applicable for your country) 

    Your application must be complete with all the required documentation according to the templates provided. Applications that are not submitted according to the process above or that do not provide documents according to the templates will not be accepted.


    Registration form

    If you are admitted to the Master’s program for which you have applied, we will send you the link to the OKP online application system by the end of February 2023, so that you can start the process for applying for an OKP Scholarship.

    PLEASE NOTE: your Scholarship application must be complete in the OKP system by March 30, 2023 (16.00 CET) for the September intake. 

    Scholarship selection process

    The Dutch institution will submit a grant request to Nuffic requesting funding for eligible applications.

    • The Netherlands Embassy will check the applications on their eligibility, and will assess the applications based on the eligibility criteria and the Embassy country focus areas.

    • Only eligible applications will be taken in to further consideration. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected.

    • The selection will be determined by the available deadline budget, the number of applicants and the quality and suitability of the applications.

    • The scholarships are awarded in a competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization.

    • Candidates whom have been nominated will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the Dutch institution.

    Tilburg University has a maximum number of candidates who can be nominated for a Scholarship. Tilburg University will therefore decide which candidates will be nominated for an OKP Scholarship once all applications for admission have been processed.

    If a candidate is nominated for a Scholarship by Tilburg University, his or her application will continue to the next stage of the assessment process. The appropriate Netherlands Embassy will check the application against the OKP eligibility criteria. If eligible, the application will be further assessed. This process will result in a ranking of all eligible applications.

    Summary of Deadlines

    Below is an provisional overview of the deadlines for the academic year 2023/2024. 

    • February 1, 2023(*)
      Application for admission to Tilburg University must be complete and submitted via Tilburg University’s online application system, Osiris Aanmeld
      Action by: Candidate

    • February 8, 2023
      OKP application systems open.

    • By the end of February
      Candidates will receive an information sheet including the link to the application system

    • March 30, 2023 - 16.00 CET
      Application must be complete in the  OKP application system (Action by: Candidate)
    • March 30, 2022
      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 13, 2023
      Tilburg University nominates applications for selection by the appropriate Dutch Embassy.
    • May 25, 2023
      Embassy assessment of applications must be complete.
    • June 8, 2023 
      Final selection completed by Nuffic.
    • Mid-June, 2023
    • 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.