The Orange Knowledge Program aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Its Scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries. The program is the successor of the NICHE and NFP programs. The Orange Knowledge Program 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.
The Orange Knowledge Program individual Scholarships are open to 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, , Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Macedonia, 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, Indonesia, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
OKP Scholarships are available for a selection of:
- Short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
- Master’s programs (duration 12 – 24 months).
All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Program 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.
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- An OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period
- Contribution towards costs of living
- Tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc.
- You have to cover any difference between the OKP scholarship amount and the actual costs yourself
Applicants need to contact Dutch education institution. Each institution may have different specific criteria.
For more information on the general eligibility criteria please read:
Please note that there are focus areas for each country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed. Applications that fall within the focus areas for a specific country are given priority:
The application procedure for Scholarships is as follows:
- Applicants register with their Dutch education institution
- Dutch institution nominates applicants and submits grant application
- Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
- Selection results published
- Grants awarded
There are 3 application rounds for individual Scholarships every year. Application rounds usually open in February, June and September.
Application deadlines are respectively around April, August and November. The deadlines vary per institution.