The Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme Netherlands Government Scholarships 2022-2023 are fully funded masters and short course scholarships for international students. Under the Orange Knowledge Programme, the Netherlands Scholarship covers fees, visas, round-trip travel tickets, health insurance, and expenses related to living in the Netherlands.


The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to enhance individual and organizational capacity, knowledge, and skills in the areas of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education, as well as in other areas related to priority themes in its partner countries. 


Upon selection, the selected students will study at one of the best universities in Holland for Masters, MBA, MA, MSc, MPhil, or Short courses


The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) offers scholarships funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs available for a selection of:


  • short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);


  • master’s programmes (duration 12 to 24 months).


Orange Knowledge Programme Eligibility Criteria




You may be eligible for an OKP scholarship if you are a national of and working in:




Burkina Faso



Congo (DRC)

















Palestinian Territories



Sierra Leone


South Africa

South Sudan







Yemen; and 



Focus countries for the Orange Knowledge Programme


For the Short Course application round between 31 August – 11 October additional funding is allocated for the focus countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan provided that we receive enough qualified and eligible applications. 


Please note that this round is only open for Short Courses and not for applications for Master scholarhips.


Focus theme


The application round between 31 August – 11 October has an increased focus on study programmes related to the themes of:


  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


  • Security and the Rule of Law


  • Qualified applications within these themes will be prioritised, but applications in other fields are still welcome. Please check whether your study programme aligns the Country Focus Document (224.27 kB) for your country.




A limited number of scholarships is awarded to female and male professionals who are:


  • motivated;


  • 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.




You need English or French language skills to follow classes in the Netherlands. 


Demands for certificates showing language skills differ per education institution.


Employer statement


You need an employer statement that is signed by you and your employer. It shows us that your employer supports your application. And that you can share the knowledge and experience you gained in the Netherlands once you return to your country. This is required because the OKP is focused onstrengthening organisations by strengthening people.


Government statement


If you are a civil servant, it might be necessary to sign a government statement. This certifies the support of your government for your OKP application.


Please check whether your local government requires a government statement:


Other requirements


The education institution will inform you on the requirements needed for your application. 


As this scholarship is for working professionals, applications from students will not be taken into consideration. In order to apply for one of the courses you must ensure that you put the following in your motivation letter:


  • that you work within the priority themes for your country as mentioned above;


  • how the courses will strengthen both you and the organisation you work for;


  • how you will use your newly gained knowledge and experience in your organisation after your study.


Selection procedure for the Orange Knowledge Programme


The procedure is as follows:


  • Candidates should register with their Dutch education institution
  • Dutch institution will nominate

candidates and submit grant application


  • Embassies will check eligibility and assess applications


  • Selection results will be available for Dutch education institutions


  • Grants will be awarded to successful candidates through Dutch education institutions.


Results of applications are announced 3 to 4 months after application. The Dutch education institution through which you applied for the scholarship will contact you on the results of your application


Application Process 


You cannot apply online on this website. Please follow the steps below and apply through the Dutch education institution of your choice.


  • Check if your application falls within the OKP focus areas determined for your country.


  • Check if you meet the OKP eligibility criteria.


  • Find a course on the OKP course list. Please find a study, using the filter ‘Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)’.


  • Ask your employer whether they are willing to nominate you for an OKP scholarship.


  • Contact the Dutch education institution of your choice to receive more information about the application procedure, the academic requirements and the link to apply online.


  • Prepare your application: employer statement, motivation, passport, government statement (if required).


  • During an application round, submit your application online using the link you receive from the Dutch education institution. Please be aware of the application deadline of the educational institution of your choice.


Orange Knowledge Programme Deadlines of application rounds


  • You can only apply for a scholarship during an open application round.


  • The following rounds are expected 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.


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