Netherlands Fully Funded (OKP) Scholarship for Developing Countries

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Scholarships (Masters Degree and Short Courses) to study in Dutch institution of your choice from mid-career professionals who are nationals of and living and working in the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Congo (DRC)
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Surinam
  • Tanzania

The Orange Knowledge Program aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organisations both in the field of higher and vocational education and in other fields related to the priority themes in the OKP partner countries

This 5-year program is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic

For the current application round there is extra budget for Masters and Short courses for applicants of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria and Niger

Eligible courses:

Eligible courses for an Orange Knowledge Program scholarship for this application round are listed in Studyfinder. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.


Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The 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 midcareer professional who, in light of his/her role, multiple years of relevant work experience and 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 (Passport)
  • The scholarship applicant has been admitted to the course or program 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 (see the document government statement requirement’ on
  • 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 program and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice.


  • First find a course or Master’s program that is eligible for the scholarship. You can find the eligible courses in our study program database, specifying in the search criteria: ‘OKP qualified: Yes’.
  • Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information on:
    • 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
  • Prepare your application and the supporting documents
  • 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. 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

Selection procedure:

The Dutch institution can nominate your application for an OKP scholarship if your application meets the OKP eligibility criteria. The selection procedure is as follows:

  • The Dutch institution submits a grant request to Nuffic requesting funding for eligible scholarship applications.
  • The applicable Netherlands Embassy will check the individual applications on their eligibility and will assess the applications based on the eligibility criteria and the Embassy country focus area(s).
  • Only eligible applications will be taken in to further consideration. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected.
  • The selection will be determined by the available deadline budget, the number of applicants and the quality and suitability of the applications.
  • Candidates whom have been nominated will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the Dutch institution.


Publish Date:
Institute Name: Orange Knowledge Program
Degree/Course: Masters Degree and Short Courses
Deadline: April, 2019
Country: Netherlands
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