Orange Knowledge Programme Seeks Entries for Scholarships


Applications for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) are currently open for persons interested in pursuing short courses and a masters degree in The Netherlands with scholarships. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The scholarships are  available for a selection of short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months) and master’s programmes (duration 12 to 24 months) if candidates are from or work in any of these countries, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Indonesia, 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.

The programme seeks to award scholarships for professional candidates who are motivated; living and working in an OKP country; proficient in English or French; working in one of the priority areas for their country; can motivate using and transferring their knowledge and experience in their employing organisation after their studies and agreeing to the OKP obligations and conditions (133.9 kB).

Interested candidates need an employer statement that is signed by the candidate and his/her employer. This shows the organizer that applicant’s employer supports his/her application and that he/she can share the knowledge and experience he/she gained in the Netherlands once he/she returns to country. This is required because the OKP is focused on strengthening organisations by strengthening people. Civil servant candidates might be necessary to sign a government statement. This certifies the support of government for OKP application.

Interested applicants should the follow the steps below and apply through the Dutch education institution of their choice.

  1. Applicants should check if application falls within the OKP focus areas determined for his/her country.
  2. Check if he/she meet the OKP eligibility criteria.
  3. Find a course on the OKP course list. Please find a study, using the filter ‘Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)’.
  4. Ask employer whether they are willing to nominate him/her for an OKP scholarship.
  5. Contact the Dutch education institution of choice to receive more information about the application procedure, the academic requirements and the link to apply online.
  6. Prepare application: employer statement, motivation, passport, government statement (if required).
  7. During an application round, submit your application online using the link you receive from the Dutch education institution. Please be aware of the application deadline of the educational institution of your choice.

The scholarships come in a number ofrounds as follows: Round 1 – for master’s and short courses and accepting applications between February 2 and March 22 16.00 CET. Both master’s and short courses should start between 25 July and 21 November 2022.

Round 2 is for short courses and accepts applications between May 11 and June 28 at 16.00 CET. Courses in this round should start between November 21, 2022 and February 20, 2023.

Round 3 is for short courses and accepts applications between August 31 and October 11 at 16.00 CET. Courses should start from 20 February 2023 onward and must be completed before August 31, 2023.