The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.
Scholarships are available for a selection of:
- short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
- master’s programmes (duration 12 to 24 months).
All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship are listed in our database of study programmes. Please find a study, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’.
Funding and management
This 5-year programme is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic.
How to apply
Who can apply
The Orange Knowledge Programme individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals, who are nationals of – and living and working in – the following countries:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.
How to apply
You cannot apply online on this website. You need to first select a course and then contact the education institution of your course and ask how to apply for the scholarship.
You can find a list of courses and institutions that are linked to the Orange Knowledge Programme in our database of study programmes using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.
You cannot apply with us. You need to contact your Dutch education institution. Each institution may have different specific criteria.
For more information on the general eligibility criteria please read:
Please note that there are focus areas for each country. Only applications that fall within the focus area of your country of employment are eligible.
Please check the obligations and conditions before you apply:
Please check whether your local government requires a government statement:
The 3 expected candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:
- Round 1: 3 February-23 March 2021 (for courses starting between between 26 July and 21 November 2021)
- Round 2: 12 May-29 June 2021 (for Short Courses starting between 22 November 2021 and 20 February 2022)
- Round 3: 1 September-12 October 2021 (for Short Courses starting on or after 21 February 2022 and ending before 31 August 2022)
Please note that the above deadlines are subject to change until officially announced in the Government Gazette.
The procedure is as follows:
- Candidates register with their Dutch education institution
- Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application
- Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
- Selection results published
- Grants awarded
The Dutch institution can give you more information on the various steps involved in the application and selection procedures, as well as the eligibility criteria. You can find contact information for the Dutch institutions in our database of study programmes.
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