Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

What is the Orange Knowledge Scholarship programme?

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is a full scholarship available to professionals working in (urban) development from 53 countries offered by Nuffic. Financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs this programme aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by offering access to education and training to professionals and organisations. There are 3 application calls per year. 

All candidates who wish to apply for the fellowship need to first submit an application for the course of their choice. The following IHS programmes that will take place in 2020 are eligible for one of the two upcoming deadlines:

Developing Social Housing Projects

3-week short course

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Urban Management & Development Theories

3-month short course

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What is the application procedure?

Step 1

Check the scholarship eligibility criteria below. You must: 

  • - Be a professional and national of, and working and living in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    Your OKP fellowship application and your background fit into one or more priority areas as mentioned in the OKP country focus document from the "Downloads" section below. 

  • - Have an employer’s statement that complies with a prescribed format. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement. (You will not be eligible for the fellowship if you fail to submit this document);

  • - Not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development. Organizations 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 organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB)
    • International NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • - Have an official and valid passport.

  • - Not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time.

  • - Have an NFP/OKP government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established.

Step 2 

Check which IHS courses qualify for the current OKP deadline (see list in the beginning of the page). Note the application deadlines.

Step 3

Select your preferred IHS course and apply for it. To apply, visit the page of your chosen course and click on one of the "Apply now" buttons on the page. Keep in mind that preparing your course application may take some time. We advise you to start on it well in time. 

Step 4

Once admitted, you will be invited by IHS via email to apply for the OKP fellowship. Keep a close eye on your email.  

Step 5

Receive scholarship outcome & make arrangements for your arrival.

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

When are the deadlines for OKP applicants?

Eligible programmes

Short Courses:

Master tracks:

IHS academic deadline:

1 March 2020

OKP application period for the short courses

This is the period in which you apply for the OKP scholarship. Note that you will be invited to do so by IHS only if you are admitted to your preferred course.

February – March 2020
Expected selection outcomeMid-June 2020

How to find out more?

To find out more information about this scholarship you may want to visit the Nuffic website.

You may also find our Master of Science in Urban Management and Development and frequently asked questions pages useful.