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Orange Knowledge Program 2022/23 to Study in the Netherlands


Are you an international student seeking to study abroad? Here’s an amazing scholarship on offer to international students across the globe who wish to study in the Netherlands. Applications for the Orange Knowledge Program 2022/23 are currently open to international students seeking to pursue their master’s degree and short courses in the Netherlands.

Orange Knowledge Program

Moreover, the Orange knowledge Program offers scholarship opportunities to mid-career professionals who come from eligible countries to pursue their postgraduate study in Dutch educational institutions in the Netherlands. However, in this article, we provide information in detail about the Orange Knowledge program, eligibility requirements, scholarship benefits, application procedure, and any other important information pertaining to the scholarship.

About The Orange Knowledge Program

Orange Knowledge Program is a Dutch funding program that is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs and managed by Nuffic Global DevelopmentOrange Knowledge Program was initiated in mid-2017 with a budget of €220 million, projects are ongoing in up to 54 countries.

Moreover, the main purpose of the program is to contribute to societal social and economic development by strengthening the knowledge and skills of professionals and organizations. However, the program is currently available in 38 countries and plan to achieve this purpose by focusing on education, in collaboration with Dutch knowledge organizations.

Therefore, the aim of initiating the Orange Knowledge Program is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of professionals active in the priority fields through scholarships and training; and also build the capacity of organizations in higher education and TVET (Technical Vocational Education & Training), in collaboration with Dutch knowledge institutions. Which is based on the Netherlands’ development cooperation policy.

However, the Orange Knowledge Program offers scholarships to mid-career professionals to pursue master’s degree programs and short courses in the Netherlands. Giving them the opportunity to research and study in various fields at the program’s partner Dutch universities.

Scholarship Summary

Moreover, take a look at the Orange Knowledge Program overview:

Scholarship Sponsor:

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Host Institution(s):

Partner Dutch Universities that offer OKP qualified programs or courses

Scholarship Level:

Postgraduate (master’s) degree study

Field(s) of Study:

The Orange Knowledge Program scholarships are available for a selection of short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months) and Master’s degree programs (duration 12 – 24 months).

Moreover, all programs or courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Program scholarship are in the Studyfinder. Please find a study program by searching in the Studyfinder, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. Contact details of OKP institutions can also be found there.

Scholarship Type:

Full funding

Eligible Nationalities:

However, this scholarship is available 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.

Scholarship Duration:

The scholarship is available for the period of short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months) and master’s program (duration 12 – 24 months).

Scholarship Deadline:

22 Mar/28 June/11 Oct (Annual)

Scholarship Benefits or Inclusions

Furthermore, the Orange Knowledge Program provides the scholarship recipients with the following inclusions:

  • Living costs such as visa, travel and insurance, study materials, and a handling fee
  • It covers 95% of tuition fees for each selected student. You cover the remaining 5% of the tuition fee or any difference between the actual cost and the OKP scholarship amount by yourself
  • Moreover, the scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the study duration
  • Also, the OKP provides a fixed reimbursement to education institutions which includes the aforementioned costs

Eligibility Requirements for OKP Scholarships

Furthermore, you must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for this scholarship program. They are as follows:

  • The 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
  • However, the applicant may not work for a bilateral or multilateral organization; 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.
  • Moreover, the applicant must be a mid-professional who is still in his or her:
    • role
    • multiple years of relevant work experience
    • networks within a theme relevant to local development are in a position or through his/her employer could be put in a position to apply what he or she has learned in practice

Orange Knowledge Program

  • The scholarship applicant must have been offered admission to study the course or program of his or her preference
  • The scholarship applicant holds the nationality of and is resident and working in one of the countries on the OKP Country list outlined above in the scholarship overview
  • Also, the scholarship applicant holds a valid identity document
  • The scholarship applicant has to provide 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

However, you can click here for more details on the eligibility requirements

How to apply for the Orange Knowledge Program

Furthermore, follow the step-by-step guide below to apply for the OKP scholarship:

  • Primarily, you will need to apply directly to a Dutch University or higher education institution of your choice. You can find contact information for the Dutch institutions that offer qualified OKP courses in the program’s database of study programs using this link.
  • Also, 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

Moreover, you will need to provide your personal details in the application. The following are documentation requirements for the scholarship application:

  • A copy of a valid passport
  • A statement from your employer, you may be required to use the OKP format
  • You will also need to upload a statement from your government, using the OKP format as well depending on your country

Additional Notes

Moreover, in addition to the application instructions. You must complete the application with all the documentation requirements in correspondence with the provided format. Otherwise, your application will be declined. You will have to submit your online application via the Dutch institution you apply to.

However, the deadline for the application varies depending on the course and institution you applied to. The 3 expected candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are as follows:

  • Round 1: 2 February – 22 March 16.00 CET (for courses starting between  25 July and 21 November 2022)
  • 2: 11 May – 28 June 16.00 CET (for Short Courses starting between 21 November 2022 and 20 February 2023)
  • 3: 31 August – 11 October 16.00 CET (for Short Courses starting from 20 February 2023 onward and must be completed before 31 August 2023)

Furthermore, the selection procedure for the Orange Knowledge Program 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

Official Website

In conclusion, please refer to the official website of the scholarship provider using the link below for more details on the requirements and application instructions on OKP. As information may change or get an update at any moment without notice.

Official Website


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