Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)
Formally Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is a Dutch scholarships programme from Nuffic, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. On 1 July 2017 the NFP entered a new phase as a new programme under the name Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). The aim of the programme is to aid the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of individuals as well as institutions in the field of higher and vocational education. 

The next OKP fellowship deadline will take place in March 2018 (see exact deadline below). The following IHS programmes are eligible for the next deadline:

A provisional list of eligible countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, 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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a professional and national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the OKP country list.
  • 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).
  • must have an official and valid passport
  • must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time
  • must have an NFP/OKP government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established
     

Application procedure

Step 1: Apply for the IHS academic course via IHS Online Application Form and receive your academic admission offer.

Step 2: Once admitted, you will then be invited by IHS via email to apply for the OKP fellowship. 

IHS academic deadline

22 February 2018

NFP/OKP application deadline

8 March 2018

Expected selection outcome1 June 2018

Mena Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) is a full Dutch scholarship offered to professionals from 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Mena Scholarship Programme (MSP) follows the same application procedures as OKP, but is only available for short courses. The information below can be used by candidates who wish to apply for MSP. The following IHS courses are eligible for the March 2018 application deadline. More information will follow in due time.

3-month course on Urban Management and Development Theory (UMDT)
3-week course on Developing Social Housing Projects (DSHP)
3-month course on Housing and Urban Development (ICHUD)

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a professional and national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the MSP country list.
  • 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).
  • must have an official and valid passport
  • must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time
  • must have an MSP government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (see the overview of government statement if this is applicable for your country)
  • not exceed 45 years of age at the time of grant submission.

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Application procedure

Step 1: Apply for the IHS academic course via IHS Online Application Form and receive your academic admission offer.

Step 2: Once admitted, you will then be invited by IHS via email to apply for the MSP fellowship. 

IHS academic deadline

22 February 2018

NFP/OKP application deadline

8 March 2018

Expected selection outcome1 June 2018