Orange Knowledge Programme in Netherlands 2021

The Orange Knowledge Programme intends to make contributions to a society’s sustainable and inclusive growth. Its scholarship awards are available to mid-career professionals in specific nations.

Available courses

Scholarships are available for a selection of:

  • short programs (length 2 weeks to 12 months);
  • Master’s programmes (length 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 program is started and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by Nuffic.

Eligibility for Orange Knowledge Programme

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, South Africa, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Sudan,  Tunisia, Tanzania, Vietnam, Uganda,  Yemen and Zambia.

For whom: criteria
An OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period. The scholarship is a contribution towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc. You have to cover any difference between the OKP scholarship amount and the actual costs yourself.

You have to satisfy a number of criteria that support the objective of the OKP to be qualified for a scholarship award.

The criteria for scholarship award candidate are as follows:

  • The scholarship award candidate works for one of the following categories of national and/or local establishment: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic institutions, private sector, universities, commissions or NGOs. The scholarship award candidate may not work for:
  • a bilateral or multilateral organisation;
  • a non-governmental establishment that is globally active and is concentrated on representing social interests, like development collaboration, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights.
    • The scholarship applicant is a professional who, in light of his/her (1) role, (2) multiple years of relevant work experience and (3) networks within a theme relevant to local development, is in a situation or through his/her employer could be put in a situation to make use of what he/she has learned in practice.
    • The scholarship award candidate possesses the nationality of and is living and working in one of the nations on the OKP nation list (see the document ‘Country List for Short courses and Masters – OKP’ on

How to Apply for Orange Knowledge Programme

You cannot apply online on this website. You should first choose a program and then get in touch the education institution of your program and ask how to put in for the scholarship award.

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.

Application criteria

You cannot apply with us. You need to contact your Dutch education institution. Each institution may have different specific criteria.

For additional details on the general eligibility conditions, 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

Please peruse the commitments and conditions before you submit an application:

Obligations for scholarship holders Orange Knowledge Programme

Please check whether your local government requires a government statement:

Government statement requirements Orange Knowledge Programme (138.49 kB)

Application Deadlines

The 3 anticipated candidate application rounds for individual scholarship awards are:

  • Round 1: 3 February-23 March 2021 (for programs commencing 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 programs commencing on or after 21 February 2022 and ending prior to 31 August 2022)

Please note that the above deadlines are subject to change until officially announced in the Government Gazette.

Selection procedure

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Candidates register with their Dutch education institution
  2. Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application
  3. Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
  4. Selection results published
  5. 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

Application Deadline: 23 March 2021

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage

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