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Dutch Government Orange Knowledge Scholarships for Short courses and Masters Students from Developing Countries


On 1 July 2017 the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) entered a new phase as a new programme under the name Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). This 5-year programme is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic.

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organisations both in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education and in other fields related to the priority themes in the OKP partner countries.

If you have any questions after reading the information below, please contact the Dutch institution offering the course of your choice directly. They can tell you more about the eligibility criteria, exact deadlines (which vary per institution), the application and selection procedures.

The April 2018 applications for short courses and master’s is open to candidates from the Orange Knowledge Programme partner countries (see Eligible group below). You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the OKP to be eligible for a scholarship:

  • One must be a professional and a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the OKP Country list valid at the time of application;
  • One must have a current employer’s statement that complies with the formal Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the formal must be endorsed in the statement;
  • One must not be employed by an organisation which can be expected to have their own funds for staff development, e.g.: a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft) a large national and/or a large commercial organisation; a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid); a multilateral donor organisation (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB); an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • One must have a current employer’s statement which complies with the Nuffic format. All information must be provided and all commitments, which are included in the Nuffic format, must be endorsed in the statement;
  • One must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
  • One must have an official passport valid at least three months after the submission date of the registration form by the candidate.

Eligible groups
Citizens of OKP partner countries (listed in this document: OKP Country list for Short Courses and Masters April deadline 2018 (Provisional)

Institutions / Fields of study
All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship for this application round are listed in Studyfinder. Please search in Studyfinder, using the filter ‘NFP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there

Please note that there are focus areas for each country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed.

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Sponsorship duration
Covers the duration of the short course or masters

Scholarship benefits
A OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc. If applicable, the scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the OKP scholarship amount.

The scholarships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.

Method of Application
Before you apply, make sure you 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 a OKP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.

Follow these steps to apply:
1). If you want to apply for a OKP scholarship for a short course or Master’s in the Netherlands, you need to first find a course that is eligible for the scholarship. You can find the eligible courses in our study programme database, specifying in the search criteria: ‘NFP qualified – Yes’.

2). Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information on: 

  • course content 
  • the application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution) 
  • the application and selection procedures 
  • the online application form and the supporting documents

3). Prepare your application and the supporting documents (valid passport copy, a current statement from your employer, and depending on your country of employment; a government statement)

4). Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course

It is important to read the 2018 Information for Applicants and also visit the official scholarship website (link to it is below) for complete information on applying for the OKP scholarship

The application period for this round opens on 1 February 2018. The closing date differs per institution. As a general guide, there are 2 deadlines – April and November. For more information about the closing date, please contact the institution directly.

For any questions on the application -and selection procedures please contact the Dutch institution directly.

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals, and institutions in higher and vocational education. OKP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Application Deadline: Contact school (usually Apr / Nov 2018)
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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