The Orange Knowledge Program aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Discover how you can qualify for an opportunity to study in The Netherlands below!

In the realm of higher and vocational education, as well as other fields connected to the priority issues in the program nations, the Orange Knowledge Program intends to improve the development of both individuals and organizations’ capacity, knowledge, and quality.

This opportunity is 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.

Scholarships are available for a selection of:

  • short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
  • master’s programs (duration 12 to 24 months).

All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Program scholarship are listed in our database of study programs. Please find a study, using the filter ‘Orange Knowlegde Program (OKP)’.

Application deadline: March 22 / June 28 / Oct 11 annually

Benefits of the Orange Knowledge Program

The purpose of an OKP scholarship is to enhance the pay you should be receiving during the scholarship time. The scholarship pays for your living expenses, such as tuition, visas, travel, and insurance, among other things. Any discrepancy between the amount of the OKP scholarship and the actual expenditures must be covered by the scholars.

Eligibility Criteria

An OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period. The scholarship is a contribution towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc. You have to cover any difference between the OKP scholarship amount and the actual costs yourself. You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the OKP to be eligible for a scholarship. The criteria for scholarship applicant are as follows:

• The scholarship applicant works for one of the following types of national and/or local organizations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs. The scholarship applicant may not work for: o a bilateral or multilateral organization; or a non-governmental organization that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights.0F 1

• The scholarship applicant is a professional who, in light of his/her (1) role, (2) multiple years of relevant work experience and (3) networks within a theme relevant to local development, is in a position or through his/her employer could be put in a position to apply what he/she has learned in practice.

• The scholarship applicant holds the nationality of and is resident and working in one of the countries on the OKP Country list (see the document ‘Country List for Short courses and Masters – OKP’ on )

• The scholarship applicant holds a valid identity document.

• The scholarship applicant has been admitted to the course or program for which he/she wishes an OKP scholarship.

• The scholarship applicant has provided a government statement with the scholarship application, if this is required by the local government (see the document ‘government statement requirement’ on ).

• The scholarship applicant demonstrates that the requested co-funding percentage is available to fund the study.

• The employer of the scholarship applicant supports the scholarship application through a positive reference, declares that it will continue to pay the salary of the scholarship recipient during the program and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice. With regard to eligible courses and programs:

• The scholarship application is relevant to sustainable development in the country or region where the requesting party is located, and is relevant to the theme concerned. The scholarship application is in line with the Country Plan of Implementation or Country Focus for the country concerned. (see the document ‘Country focus’ on For the Country Plan of Implementation check )

• The course/program for which the scholarship applicant is applying for a scholarship is registered at (OKP-qualified ‘yes’). • The course/program for which the scholarship applicant is applying for a scholarship is full time, unless it is an e-learning course.

• The course/program for which the scholarship applicant is applying for a scholarship is offered in English, French or Spanish.

• The course/program for which the scholarship applicant wishes the OKP scholarship is a Master’s degree program or short course that meets the requirements set out above. The scholarship applicant must not receive more than one OKP scholarship for courses/programs that take place at the same time. If the scholarship applicant submits two or more scholarship applications for courses/programs that take place at the same time:

• The scholarship application that was registered first in the scholarship application system will be processed; • The other scholarship application(s) will be declared not eligible.

The procedure is as follows:

  • Their Dutch educational institution must be notified of the applicants’ registration
  • Candidates are nominated and a grant application is submitted by a Dutch institution.
  • Eligibility is checked and applications are evaluated by embassies.
  • The outcomes of the selection process have been made available for the public

Awarded grants

The institution in the Netherlands can provide you with more information about the application and selection processes, as well as the eligibility requirements. In our directory of study programs, you may find contact information for Dutch institutions.

How to Apply

Before interested parties can apply, make sure to review the eligibility criteria carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you are certain that you are eligible for an OKP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application. Follow these steps to apply: Info

  1. First find a course or master’s program that is eligible for the scholarship. You can find the eligible courses in our study program database, specifying in the search criteria: ‘OKP qualified: Yes’.
  2. Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information on: a. the course content; b. the scholarship application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution); c. the scholarship application and selection procedures; d. the online application form and the required application documents.
  3. Prepare your application and the supporting documents1F 2.
  4. Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course. For any questions on the application or selection procedure please contact the Dutch institution directly.


  • 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.

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