Orange Knowledge Programme Offers Scholarship Opportunities 

Mark Schneiders, CEO, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
Mark Schneiders,
CEO, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

The Orange Knowledge Programme is offering scholarship opportunities to mid-career professionals. The drive which will benefit mid-career professionals in specific countries is aimed at ensuring sustainable and inclusive development.

Countries which will benefit from the Orange Knowledge Programme individual scholarships are Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Cambodia.

Others are Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

The rest are South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The scholarships, which are also open for applicants from francophone countries, are available for a selection of short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months) and master’s programmes (duration 12 – 24 months).

A list of courses and institutions that are linked to the Orange Knowledge Programme and contact details of the institutions are available in Studyfinder and can be accessed using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes‘.

Applicants need to first select a course and then contact the relevant education institution to get details on how to apply for the scholarship.

The procedure for applying 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 applicants more information on the various steps involved in the application and selection procedures, as well as the eligibility criteria. Contact information for the Dutch institutions are available online

Deadlines for the three candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are: February 5 -March 34 (all short course and master’s programmes), May 13 – June 30 (all short course and master’s programmes with a 12-month duration); and September 2 – October 13 (short course only).

This 5-year programme is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic.