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Orange Knowledge Programme 2023

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For overseas students, the Orange Knowledge Programme 2023–2024 is a fully financed scholarship. This scholarship is available for master’s degrees and short courses at various Netherlands-based institutions.

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to support the development of people’s skills, knowledge, and performance in higher education, vocational training, and other fields related to the program nations’ major issues.

On July 1st, 2017, the Netherlands Fellowship Programs (NFP) began a new phase as a brand-new initiative known as Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded and fully funds OKP.

Scholarship Summary

  • Level of Study: Masters / Short Courses
  • Institution(s):  Various Institutes in Netherlands (Studyfinder)
  • Study in: Netherlands
  • Courses Offered:
  1. Studyfinder contains a list of all the courses that qualify for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship during this application cycle.
  2. Please be aware that each nation has focus areas that are taken into account when scholarship applications are nominated and evaluated. Priority is given to applications that relate to a country’s focus areas.
  • Program Period:
    –Short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months).
    –Master’s programmers (duration 12 – 24 months)
  • Deadline: March 22 / June 28 / October 11, 2023

Scholarship Coverage

The Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships are fully funded.

Eligibility Criteria for Orange Knowledge Programme

These factors should be taken into account in order to qualify for The Orange Knowledge Programme:

  • English is a required language.
  • Eligible nations: According to the document Country List for Short courses and Masters, the applicant for the scholarship must be a citizen of, and dwell and work within, one of the OKP Country List nations.
  • The scholarship candidate is employed by one of the following categories of local or national organizations: commissions, NGOs, secondary or higher educational institutions, universities, or the corporate sector.
  • The recipient of the scholarship is not permitted to work for any of the following: a bilateral or multilateral organization; a non-governmental organization with an international presence that promotes social causes like development cooperation, environmental protection, health, or human rights.
  • The scholarship candidate is a professional who, due to his or her (1) position, (2) numerous years of relevant work experience, and (3) networks within a theme relevant to local development, is in a position to put what he or she has learned into practice or, through his or her employer, could be placed in that position.
  • The applicant for the scholarship has a current ID.
  • The applicant for the OKP scholarship has been accepted to the course or program for which he or she is applying.
  • If the local government requested one, the scholarship applicant included a government statement with the application.
  • The scholarship candidate provides evidence that the desired amount of co-funding is available to support the research.
  • The employer of the scholarship applicant supports the scholarship application with a glowing recommendation, confirms that it will continue to pay the scholarship recipient’s salary throughout the program, and promises to provide the recipient with an opportunity to put what he or she has learned into practice after the recipient returns.

How to Apply for The Orange Knowledge Programme

To apply for this scholarship, please take the following actions:

  • Look for a master’s program or course that qualifies for the award. Use the search criterion ‘OKP qualified: Yes’ to locate the appropriate courses in the study program database at
  • For further information, get in touch with the Dutch higher education provider that is providing the course.
  • The training materials.
  • The deadline for scholarship applications (deadlines may vary by Dutch institution).
  • The selection and application processes for scholarships.
  • The essential application materials, including the online application form.
  • Prepare the supporting documentation and your application.
  • When submitting your application online, you will need to upload:
  • A copy of a valid passport.
  • Depending on the country in which you work, a recent statement from your company.
  • Statement from the government.
  • Apply online through the Dutch institution hosting the course.

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