Orange Knowledge Programme
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 our database of study programmes. Please find a study, using the filter 'Orange Knowlegde Programme (OKP)'.
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:
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.
Activities have been put on hold for Afghanistan. This means that Afghanistan will no longer take part of the Orange Knowledge Programme. Dutch embassies no longer issue visa for Afghan applicants, this also includes Afghan OKP scholarship holders.
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 'Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). 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:
- Round 1 - for master’s and short courses
- Accepting applications between 2 February - 22 March 16.00 CET.
- Both master’s and short courses should start between 25 July and 21 November 2022.
- Round 2 – for short courses
- Accepting applications between 11 May - 28 June 16.00 CET.
- Courses should start between 21 November 2022 and 20 February 2023.
- Round 3 - for short courses
- Accepting applications between 31 August – 11 October 16.00 CET.
- Courses should start from 20 February 2023 onward and must be completed before 31 August 2023.
Please note that educational institutions may set a shorter deadline for application. Please consult your educational institution for the exact deadlines.
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.