Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) (former NFP)

One possibility for obtaining a fellowship to study at KIT is through the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), former Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP). This 5-year programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education.

Important Note:

Update 20 February 2018. The OKP regulations and list of countries for this upcoming deadline have changed. Earlier we had a list of 51 eligible countries. This week one more country has been added to the list: Guinee. See the new list of countries (52 eligible OKP countries). If you are from one of the OKP eligible countries we encourage you to apply!

Update 25 April 2018. Nuffic has updated the OKP country focus list and more countries have included health/SRH now as a priority: OKP country focus

 

  • What is an OKP fellowship?

    One possibility for obtaining a fellowship to study at KIT is through the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), former Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP). This 5-year programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education.

    To maximize their impact on capacity building, OKP-funded training must be linked to the institutional development of organizations. A wide range of governmental, private and non-governmental organizations are eligible. Examples include educational institutions, planning agencies, ministries, community-based organizations and private enterprises.

  • For which of KIT master's programmes and short courses can I apply for an OKP fellowship?
  • How do I apply for an OKP fellowship?

    The application process is described below.

    Start the application process early!

    OKP uses a two-step application procedure:

    • Applicants must request academic admission directly from KIT (via the KIT online application system, follow the link in each specific course page).
    • Applicants who have applied for a course for which OKP scholarships are available and have been accepted, will receive an e-mail from KIT with the correct link to ATLAS, the application system for OKP.
    • Applicants have to apply separately for the OKP scholarship via: ATLAS (the OKP online application system).
    • The registration period opens approx. 6 weeks before the application deadline. Check the application deadline for each course in the course description.
    • Keep an eye on our website for updates on deadlines.

    Important documents for ATLAS registration

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  • OKP and ATLAS
    • Applicants have to apply separately for the OKP scholarship via: ATLAS (the OKP online application system).
    • Applicants who have applied for a course for which OKP scholarships are available and have been accepted will receive an e-mail from KIT with the correct link to ATLAS. The registration period of OKP opens approx. 6 weeks before the application deadline. Check the application deadline for each course in the course description.

     

  • OKP Deadlines Short courses

    For short courses at KIT in academic year 2017-2018 the OKP application periods are:

    • 26 March 2018 for short courses in summer 2018 (make sure you apply at KIT for academic admission before 26 February 2018!)
    • Other dates to be announced (probably July 2018) for short courses autumn and winter 2018

      Follow the link to each course to see which OKP deadline is applicable.

  • OKP Deadlines for Masters

    For Masters programme at KIT in academic year 2018-2019 the OKP registration deadline is 26 March 2018.

    It is strongly recommended to start your application at KIT as early as possible. Deadline for your KIT application is 26 February 2018!

    The Netherlands embassies and consulates can provide more information about country-specific opportunities and regulations.

  • Changes OKP-Regulations and eligible countries

    The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) regulations have changed.

    The countries eligible for an OKP scholarship for the upcoming Spring 2018 deadline have changed. There is a new list of 52 OKP countries which differs from the former NFP countrylist.
    If you are from one of the 52 OKP countries we encourage  you to apply for academic admission to KIT Royal Tropical Institute as soon as possible.

    OKP Country List April 2018 Deadline 

     

  • Am I eligible for an OKP fellowship?

    Applicants for the OKP fellowship for a KIT master’s program or short course must meet the following criteria:

    • Have been admitted to the course of your choice. This means that you meet all the requirements set out by Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA)
    • Be nationals of and working and living in a country on the OKP Country list (please note that this list has changed. OKP Country List April 2018 Deadline (provisional) . We strongly encourage candidates from those 51 countries to apply.
    • Accept the OKP rules and regulations
    • Upload in ATLAS all mandatory documents (see previous tab information)
    • Not to be employed by a multinational corporation, UN organisation, IMF, a bilateral or multilateral donor organisation or a large national and/or commercial organisation
    • Be employed in an area to which the study will make a relevant contribution

    If you apply for an OKP short courses fellowship, you must:

    • Not have accepted more than one OKP/NFP short course fellowship in the past
    • Not have accepted an OKP/NFP short course fellowship in the year prior to the fellowship application
    • If you apply for an OKP master’s degree programme fellowship, you must not have accepted
    • An OKP/NFP master’s degree programme fellowship in the past
    • Please note that only 1 OKP application in ATLAS should be made per application round
    • Have a valid passport which is valid at the moment of application for the OKP scholarship until at least 3 months after the course has started (or preferably longer)

    For all rules and regulations follow this link.

  • When will I be informed of the outcome of OKP selection?

    If you have applied for OKP via ATLAS, you will be informed of the outcome of the OKP selection by KIT.
    Since the rules and regulations are still subject to change, we do not yet know exactly when results will be announced.

    For the Spring deadline we expect the results around mid-June 2018.

  • How do I gain academic admission to a master's programme?

    The academic application has to be received by KIT at the latest 1 month before the OKP application deadline. OKP deadlines are planned for 26 March 2018 and July 2018 (exact date tba).

    You are advised to start the course application procedure as early as possible.

    KIT assesses the application and decides whether or not the applicant’s educational background and other experience meet programme requirements:

    • KIT will inform applicants of its decision within 1 month of receiving the application.
    • Successful candidates receive a letter indicating that they have been conditionally admitted providing they have suitable funding.
    • Candidates are eligible for a OKP fellowship only if they have been admitted to the the course and comply with all the fellowship criteria.
  • How is an OKP fellowship awarded?

    OKP fellowships, which are granted for the duration of the master’s programme, cover tuition fees plus the costs of international travel, subsistence, books and health insurance.

    • Nuffic decides how many fellowships will be available and awards a grant to KIT to cover the fellowship holders’ costs.
    • KIT pays each fellowship holder a monthly allowance for the duration of the master’s programme.

    For more information on the OKP programme and country specific information see Nuffic website