Budget allocation

The OKP scholarships selection is done by an algorithm, based on the following principles:

Each country category, full programme (A) and compact (B) countries receives a certain percentage of the total available budget for that application round. Currently, 75% of the budget goes to full programme countries and 25% of the budget goes to compact countries.

Regional distribution

We aim to have an even distribution of the number of scholarships over the countries within that region. Condition for this is that from each of the countries, enough qualifying applications are received. Qualifying means that:

  • the application is assessed as eligible by the Embassy (application meets the OKP conditions), and
  • is granted the minimum score or higher by the Embassy (the minimum score guarantees a certain quality among the eligible applications
  • applicants that have previously been involved in an OKP Institutional Collaboration Project or Tailor-Made Training (+) will be considered extra favourably.

Selection process

During the allocation of scholarships, the highest scoring application (per country) is first selected by the algorithm. For example, if country X has 2 eligible applications with 17 and 19 points each, the application with 19 points is selected first. However, if country X has two applications with 17 and 19 points and country Y has two applications with 15 and 16 points, country X’s application with 19 points is selected first and country Y’s application with 16 points is selected second, due to the aim to realise an even distribution of scholarships among all the countries belonging to a certain country category.

The selection algorithm continues allocating scholarships in this fashion, until the remaining budget is not sufficient anymore to finish a complete round of even distributions of scholarships over all countries in a certain category that still have non-selected, qualifying applications. The remaining budget is then distributed randomly over the remaining applications, selecting one – or several – among the highest qualifying applications (max. one per country) that are still available.

Policy themes

If necessary, a correction on policy theme is applied in order to strive for an even distribution amongst all four priority themes. This implies that if the selection is unevenly distributed, candidates from the underrepresented policy theme are awarded up to 3 extra points and the selection is re-run.


If necessary, a 'correction' on gender is manually applied to ensure that 50% of the selected scholarship candidates is female. This implies that if the 50% mark is not met after the first selection round, female candidates are awarded 1 extra point and the selection is re-run (the mechanism explained above still applies). If the 50% mark is then met, the selection is made final. If the 50% mark is not yet met, all female candidates are awarded 2 extra points and the selection is re-run, until the 50% mark is met.