Orange Knowledge Programme
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.What’s on this page?
Our Orange Knowledge Programme Short Course scholarships application window (round 3), which normally opens on 2 September for applicants, remains closed for the moment. All preparatory actions are put on hold.
Our partner and funder, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has asked to make some programme adjustments, to create more focus and impact for the remaining programme period. We are in close contact with the ministry on these desired programme adaptations and the implications they might have for the Orange Knowledge Programme.
We trust that the full range of adaptations will become clear in the course of September. Please check our website and the website of the institute where you want to study regularly from then on. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding.
About this scholarship
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 Studyfinder. Please search in Studyfinder, 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, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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 Studyfinder, 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:
OKP information for applicants (168.77 kB)
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.
Country focus document Orange Knowledge Programme (222.41 kB)
Please check the obligations and conditions before you apply:
Obligations for scholarship holders Orange Knowledge Programme (173.38 kB)
Please check whether your local government requires a government statement:
Government statement requirements Orange Knowledge Programme (138.49 kB)
The 3 candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:
- Round 1: closed
- Round 2: 13 May-30 June (for masters starting between 24 November – 27 July 2021 and short courses starting between 24 November – 22 February 2021)
- Round 3: remains closed for the moment (see top of this page)
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 on www.studyfinder.nl.
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