Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarship by Dutch Government 2021

Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarship by Dutch Government 2021

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Scholarship Description:

The Dutch Government is offering The Orange Knowledge Programme 2021 that aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.


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Degree level:

Short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);

Master’s programmes (duration 12 to 24 months).

Field of Study:

All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship are listed in our database of study programmes. Please find a study, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’.

Scholarship Award

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


Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

The criteria for scholarship applicant are as follows:

  • The scholarship 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. The scholarship 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 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 (see the document ‘Country List for Short courses
    and Masters – OKP’ on

Applying procedure Instructions:

The procedure is as follows:

  • Candidates register with their Dutch education institution
  • Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application
  • Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
  • Selection results published
  • Grants awarded

For more information on the general eligibility criteria please read:

OKP information for applicants (168.77 kB)

Please note that there are focus areas for each country. Only applications that fall within the focus area of your country of employment are eligible.

Country focus document Orange Knowledge Programme

Please check the obligations and conditions before you apply:

Obligations for scholarship holders Orange Knowledge Programme (173.38 kB)

Please check whether your local government requires a government statement:

Government statement requirements Orange Knowledge Programme (138.49 kB)

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Application Deadline: 05 January 2021

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