Netherlands Fellowship Programmes – Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships for Africans and Other International Students

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) has ushered in a new phase of beneficial scholarships for Africans and other international students through the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP).

With the goal of advancing the development of international student knowledge and capacity, the OKP offers funding for short courses and master’s programs in the Netherlands.

Orange Knowledge Programme Details

On July 1, 2017, the NFP entered a new phase as a new programme under the name Kennisontwikkelings programma (KOP). In English, this can be translated to the Orange Knowledge Programme. The OKP, in turn, focuses on giving better higher and vocational education for all.

Initially, the NFP was designed to foster capacity building within organizations in 62 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members.

Overall, the NFP wants to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower and to do so within the framework of sustainable capacity-building directed towards reducing poverty in developing countries.

This new five-year programme , on the other hand, is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic, which is the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education.

Additionally, these scholarships for Africans and other international students come in either short courses (with a duration period of 2 weeks to 12 months), or master’s programs (with a duration period of 12-24 months).

Eligibility for the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes

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
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

How Can International Students Apply?

Interested students from the aforementioned countries must directly contact their chosen Dutch educational institution, since each one would have a different set of admission criteria.

For a general overview on the application process for the OKP, please read the Orange Knowledge Programme’s Policy and Procedures.  


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