The Orange Knowledge Programme seeks to contribute to the sustainable and inclusive development of society. Its scholarships are available to professionals in their mid-career in selected nations. The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) provides scholarships sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a variety of courses, including:
- short courses for (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
- master’s programmed (duration 12 to 24 months).
The application period runs from August 31 to October 11, with a greater emphasis on study programs connected to the following themes:
- Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Rule of Law and Security
Qualified applications within these themes will be given priority, but applications from other fields are also encouraged. Please check whether your study course aligns the nation Focus Document (224.27 kB) for your nation.
Fully Funded Netherlands Government Scholarships 2023 – The Orange Knowledge Programme is offered to undertake Masters, Short Training level programs at Netherlands Universities.
Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.
- law and governance
Fully funded scholarship include
- Tuition Fee
You may be eligible for this OKP scholarship if you are a national of and working in:
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.
Applicants for master’s programmers from Indonesia should apply through the OKP-LPDP joint programmer.
Additional funding is allocated for the focus countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan for the Short Course application round between August 31 and October 11, assuming we receive enough qualified and eligible applications. Please keep in mind that this round is only accessible for Short Courses and not for Master Scholarship applications.
A small number of scholarships are available for female and male professionals who are:
- 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;
- agreeing to the Obligations and conditions .
Please read: You require English or French language skills to follow classes in the Netherlands. Demands for certifications demonstrating language skills vary by education institution. Priority themes vary by country.
The main priority areas of the Orange Knowledge Programme are;
- sexual and reproductive health and rights
- security and rule of law
- food and nutrition security
- water management
Each country has a specific focus area. Please keep in mind that these priority areas, as well as the list of nations, are subject to change. Only applications that fall within your nation of employment’s concentration area are eligible.
You must have an employer statement signed by both you and your employer. It demonstrates that your company is supportive of your candidacy. And that when you return to your home country, you will be able to share the information and experience you earned in the Netherlands. This is necessary since the OKP focuses on improving organizations via people.
If your civil servant, it might be necessary to sign a government statement 1st. This certifies the support of your government for your OKP applications.
Please check whether your local government requires a government statement:
- Government statement requirements
- Other requirements
The educational school will tell you of the application criteria. Applications from students will not be considered because this scholarship is only for working professionals. To apply for one of the courses, you must demonstrate:
that you work within the above-mentioned key themes for your country; how the courses will strengthen both you and the organization for which you work; and how you will apply your newly acquired knowledge and expertise in your organization after your study.
How to apply
- This website does not allow you to apply online. Please follow the steps below to apply through your preferred Dutch educational institution.
- Examine whether your application falls within the OKP focus areas established for your country.
- Check to see if you meet the OKP eligibility requirements.
- Find a course on the OKP course list. Please find a study, using the filter ‘Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)’.
- Inquire with your employer about the possibility of being nominated for an OKP scholarship.
- Contact the Dutch education institution of your choice to learn more about the application process, academic requirements, and the online application link.
- Prepare your application: employer statement, motivation, passport, government statement (if applicable).
- During an application round, submit your application online using the link you receive from the Dutch education institution.
- Please keep in mind the application deadline of your preferred educational institution.
Deadlines of application rounds
You can only register for a scholarship during an open entry round. The following rounds are scheduled for 2022:
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.
There is currently no information available on future OKP scholarship application rounds for 2023, as well as application rounds for OKP Master scholarships. Currently, the application round above (Round 3) is the last official opportunity for OKP scholarships.
Please note that educational institutions may set a shorter deadline for application. Please consult your educational institution for the exact d
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 available for Dutch education institutions
- Grants awarded through Dutch education institutions
The results of applications are announced three to four months after they are submitted. The Dutch education institution where you applied for the scholarship will contact you with the outcome of your application.
Do you require assistance?
Please contact the Dutch education institution where you wish to study if you have any issues about your OKP scholarship application.
To obtain assistance, you must first pick where you want to study and what subject you want to take. More information on the many processes involved in the application and selection procedures, as well as the eligibility criteria, can be obtained from educational institutions.
Contact information for Dutch institutions can be found in our directory of study programs.