Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria

Refresher courses are tailor-made training courses initiated by a local organisation or a Nuffic programme alumni organisation such as Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), NICHE alumni organisation together with or in cooperation with a Dutch institution. The courses contribute to the institutional development of the alumni’s employing organisations, prolong the impact of the original training and educate alumni on the latest trends in their field of knowledge, combined with skills education to be able to bring the newly gained knowledge into practice.

To be eligible for a refresher course with full sponsorship, the candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • The candidates must have the nationality of or be resident and working in one of the OKP countries for which grant applications for providing the type of group training courses concerned can be awarded (see the OKP Country List in the Downloads section below).
  • The candidates must be in a position to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in practice.
  • Candidates must be Nuffic programme alumni, meaning have completed an OKP, NFPII or NICHEII-funded course in the past which is older than 2 years
  • Candidates must not have already accepted a scholarship for a refresher course in the year preceding the OKP Refresher Course application in question. 

 Nuffic programme alumni who did not study at IHS but at another Higher Education Institute in the Netherlands are also welcome to apply.


To a limited extent, colleagues of Nuffic alumni can apply and attend the course. These colleagues should be direct colleagues who work in the same organization or organizational unit of the Nuffic alumnus and this Nuffic alumnus should also be applying for the course at the same time. Also, one or two staff members of the partner institutions in the OKP country concerned are allowed to attend the Refresher Course. They can also apply with the Nuffic full sponsorship. 

Non-Nuffic Alumni or graduated after the deadline

If you are not Nuffic programme alumni from NFP/OKP, NPT, NICHE or MENA or you completed a Nuffic programme too recently (less than 2 years) to be eligible and you can secure your own means to finance your participation in the refresher course, you are also welcome to apply. Your admission depends on the number of places available on the course and your motivation statement and your relevant working experience/ position. 

Because IHS believes that the refresher courses should be accessible to all alumni, IHS offers a discounted course fee: 

Tuition feeIHS Alumni Euro 300,-
Non-IHS Alumni Euro 500,- 
All expenses (hotel, food, travel, visa, etc.)will be covered by the participant (local conditions may apply)


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