Please note that the country list has changed. Check the new list of countries below under 'How to apply'.

About this scholarship

Available courses

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 '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:

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

Afghanistan

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 '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 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

Please check the obligations and conditions before you apply:

Obligations for scholarship holders Orange Knowledge Programme

Please check whether your local government requires a government statement:

Government statement requirements Orange Knowledge Programme (109.72 kB)

Deadlines

An application round is expected to open from 27 September–2 November 2021 16.00 CET. This round is preliminary until officially announced in the Government Gazette.

Please note that this application round will only be for Short Courses starting on or after 21 February 2022 and ending before 31 August 2022. 

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 in our database of study programmes.

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