Orange Knowledge Program Scholarships seek to support the inclusive and sustainable growth of society. Professionals in their mid-career from specific countries are eligible for its scholarships.

Orange Knowledge Program Scholarships

Scholarships from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs are offered through the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) for a variety of courses, including Short Courses (round 1: duration: 2 weeks to 12 months; round 2: duration: 2 weeks to 7 months); Master’s Programs (duration 12 to 24 months).

About Orange Knowledge Program (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) replaced the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) as the new program that began on July 1st, 2017.

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded OKP and provided all of its funding.

The Aim of the Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to promote the improvement of people’s capacity, knowledge, and quality in higher education, technical and vocational training, and other disciplines associated with priority issues in the partner countries of the OKP.

Highly motivated individuals who are in a position to integrate their newly gained skills and knowledge into their employer’s organization are given scholarships through a very competitive selection process.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

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

1. Motivated

2. Living and working in an OKP country

3. Proficient in English or French

4. Working in one of the priority areas of their country

5. Can motivate using and transferring their knowledge and experience in their employing organization after their studies

6. Agreeing to the Obligations and conditions.

Get more information about its eligibility Here

Selection Process

The Netherlands organization filed a grant application to Nuffic requesting money to support legitimate scholarship applications.

If your application meets the criteria for an OKP scholarship, the Dutch institution may nominate it. The following is the selection process:

1. The appropriate Netherlands Embassy will review each application to determine its eligibility and will grade it in accordance with the eligibility standards and the Embassy’s national focus area (s).

2. Only valid applications will be considered further. Applications that don’t fit the requirements will be turned down.

3. The number of applicants, the deadline budget, and the caliber and suitability of the submissions will all play a role in the decision-making process.

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How to Apply

Make sure you thoroughly read the qualifying requirements before applying and find out if your company will recommend you for the scholarship.

You can start putting together your application when you are convinced that you qualify for an OKP scholarship.

Apply by following these steps:

1. Find a course or master’s program that is eligible for the scholarship. You can find the eligible courses in the study program database, specifying in the search criteria: ‘OKP qualified: Yes’.

Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information


  • The course content
  • The scholarship application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution)
  • The scholarship application and selection procedures
  • The online application form and the required application documents.

3. Prepare your application and the supporting documents 1F

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.

Scholarship Deadlines for Application Rounds

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

Open Application Round:

Round 1: For courses beginning between 24 July 2023 and 31 January 2024, apply in Round 1 between 8 February and 30 March at 16.00 CET.

Applications through educational institutions are welcome during this session. Please carefully review the application deadline of the institution of your choosing because they can impose a tighter deadline.

Rounds possibly expected for 2024:

Round 2: For courses beginning after 1 February 2024, submit applications between 28 June and 5 September at 16.00 CET.

Except for co-financed master’s programs, all courses must be finished by August 31, 2024.

Dates for Each Institution

Please be aware that some institutions of higher learning may set a shorter application deadline. For exact deadlines, please contact your educational institution.

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