Orange Knowledge Programme 2019 : Scholarships for Masters & advanced courses in Netherlands

Orange Knowledge Programme 2019 : Scholarships for Masters & advanced courses in NetherlandsApplications are now open for the 2019 Orange Knowledge Programme 2019. This programme provides Scholarships for Masters & advanced courses in Netherlands. The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organisations in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education and in other fields related to priority themes in the OKP partner countries.

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.

OKP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The criteria for scholarship applicant are as follows:

The scholarship applicant works for one of the following types of national and/or local
organisations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education
institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs. The scholarship applicant
may not work for:

  • a bilateral or multilateral organisation;
  • a non-governmental organisation that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights.

The scholarship applicant is a professional who, in light of his/her (1) role, (2) multiple years of relevant work experience and (3) networks within a theme relevant to local development, is in a position or through his/her employer could be put in a position to apply what he/she has learned in practice.

The scholarship applicant holds the nationality of and is resident and working in one of
the countries on the OKP Country list

The scholarship applicant holds a valid identity document.

The scholarship applicant has been admitted to the course or programme for which
he/she wishes an OKP scholarship.

The scholarship applicant has provided a government statement with the scholarship application, if this is required by the local government.

The scholarship applicant demonstrates that the requested co-funding percentage is available to fund the study.

The employer of the scholarship applicant supports the scholarship application through a positive reference, declares that it will continue to pay the salary of the scholarship recipient during the programme and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice.

Scholarships are available for a selection of:

  • short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
  • master’s programmes (duration 12 – 24 months).

Eligible courses

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 contact details of the institutions there.


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 an OKP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.

Follow these steps to apply:

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

2. Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information on:
a. the course content;
b. the scholarship application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution);
c. the scholarship application and selection procedures;
d. the online application form and the required application documents.

3. Prepare your application and the supporting documents

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.

Important documents

Dates and deadlines

There are 3 application rounds for individual scholarships in 2019. The current application round opened on 7 February.

Application deadlines vary per institution. After selecting a course, you need to contact the Dutch institution directly for more information about the application deadline.

Provisional opening for other application rounds will be 6 June 2019 and 5 September 2019.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Candidates register
  2. Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application
  3. Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
  4. Selection results published
  5. Grants awarded

Please note: For any questions on the application and selection procedures please contact the Dutch institution of your choice directly.

Additional information is available to the following link :


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