Orange Knowledge Program in the Netherlands

The Orange Knowledge Program gives you the opportunity to create an international classroom where students and staff can learn from each other. It also allows you to create sustainable professional partnerships with organizations in Orange Knowledge countries.

Orange Knowledge Program in the Netherlands

Are you ready to begin your study adventure abroad? Here's an amazing scholarship on offer to international students who have been dreaming of studying in the Netherlands on a fully-funded scholarship. Applications for the Orange Knowledge Program are currently open to international students wishing to pursue a short course or master's studies in the Netherlands.

The Orange Knowledge Program aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Therefore, the Orange Knowledge Program allows Dutch education institutions to offer scholarships to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, to study in the Netherlands.

If you are a professional and wish to develop your skills in sustainable and inclusive food systems, to tackle the major challenges in society. Then this is your chance to improve your knowledge during a postgraduate course. Continue reading to learn more about this exciting scholarship program.

In this article, we will explain in full detail everything you need to know about the Orange Knowledge Program. The scholarship benefits, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and any other important information about the scholarship program. So, let's dive in without further ado.

About the Orange Knowledge Program

The Orange Knowledge Program is a Dutch global development program, available in several developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organization for internationalization in education. Launched in mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022. The program is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) allows Dutch education institutions to offer scholarships to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, to study in the Netherlands. Moreover, it is a full scholarship available to professionals working in (urban) development from several developing countries offered by Nuffic. Financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this program aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by offering access to education and training to professionals and organizations.

Furthermore, OKP is a € 195 m Dutch global development and scholarships program, available in 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organization that funds education for development. The OKP scholarship is a 100% full scholarship that funds the full tuition fee and associated costs of the Business School Netherlands International Action Learning MBA as well as the Masterclass in Food Security and Masterclass in Water Management short programs.

Overview of the Scholarship Program

Moreover, here's a summary of the Orange Knowledge Program:

Scholarship Sponsor(s):

Netherlands Government (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs / managed by Nuffic.)

Host Institution(s):

Dutch Universities that offer OKP-qualified programs/ courses.

Scholarship/ Funding Type:

Full scholarships

Study Level:

Scholarships are available for a selection of short courses and master's programs

Field(s) 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 ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find the contact details of the institutions there.

Number of Awards:

Not specified

Eligible/ Target Group:

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, 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.


  • short courses - 2 weeks to 12 months; and
  • master’s programs - duration 12 – 24 months


22 Mar/28 June/11 Oct 2022 (annual)

Scholarship Benefits

Furthermore, the program will provide the scholarship recipients with the following inclusions:

An Orange Knowledge Program scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period. The scholarship is a contribution towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance, etc. However, you have to cover any difference between the OKP scholarship amount and the actual costs yourself.

Eligibility Requirements for the Orange Knowledge Program

Moreover, applicants must meet the following criteria below to be eligible to apply for the OKP:

  • 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.
  • 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
  •  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

However, you can click here to view the full list of the eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

Furthermore, you can follow the step-by-step guide below to apply for the Orange Knowledge Program:

However, before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship, then:

  • You need to apply directly to a Dutch higher education institution of your choice. Then, contact the Dutch higher education institution which offers the OKP-qualified course of your choice for application procedures.
  • Moreover, 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.
  • Furthermore, you will need to provide your 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

Bottom Line

In conclusion, it is important to read the OKP information for applicants and visit the official website of the scholarship provider using the link below for more detailed information on the eligibility criteria and applications for the OKP scholarship.

Moreover, 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. Which you must complete before 31 August 2023)

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