Netherlands Government Scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme



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

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.

How To Apply To Netherlands Government Scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme


  • Host country: The Netherlands
  • Host universities: Best universities in the Netherlands by field.
  • Funded by: The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Level of study: Master’s program – short courses
  • Deadline: 29 June 2021.
  • Duration of study:
    • Short Courses (2 weeks to 12 months)
    • Masters Scholarships (12-24 months)

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’.

Funding and management

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

What does OKP scholarship cover?

An OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period. The scholarship is a contribution towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc.

Financial Benefits:

  • Full Tuition Fees
  • Visa Cost
  • Free roundtrip travel tickets
  • Health Insurance

 Study Fields:

  • Agriculture And Environment
  • Economics, Commerce, Management, And Accounting
  • Engineering
  • General Programmes
  • Health Care, Social Services, And Care Services
  • Hotel, Catering, Tourism, Leisure, Transport And Logistics
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Communication And Arts
  • Law, Public Administration, Public Order, And Safety
  • Mathematics, Natural Sciences, And Computer Science
  • Teacher Training.

How To Apply To Netherlands Government Scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme

How to apply

Who can apply

The Orange Knowledge Programme individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals, who are nationals of – and living and working in – the following countries:

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

How to apply

You cannot apply online on this website. You need to first select a course and then contact the education institution of your course and ask how to apply for the scholarship.

You can find a list of courses and institutions that are linked to the Orange Knowledge Programme in our database of study programmes using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.

Selection procedure

The procedure is as follows:

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

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. You can find contact information for the Dutch institutions in our database of study programmes.

How To Apply To Netherlands Government Scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme

About Holland

Holland is a small country in Western Europe, with a rich cultural tradition, great higher education and an open minded and pioneering people. Its relatively small area of just over 41,000 square kilometres is home to more than 17 million people.

Easy to explore Europe

From Holland it is easy to explore the rest of Europe. Not only the neighbouring countries Germany and Belgium are easy to visit, the country is also well connected to all major European capitals. You can easily travel by bus and train to Paris, London or Copenhagen, and it’s just as simple to hop on a plane to visit Rome of Barcelona.

Dutch society

Dutch society is very international. Since the 17th century, major Dutch cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and even Groningen have been international trading hubs, resulting in a melting pot of many nationalities.

This international character means the Dutch are generally tolerant and open about different cultures and believes. This shows in the way they interact with each other: you are free to voice your opinion and speak your mind. People are not very easily offended, but expect them to also be direct with you! This directness, not intended to be offensive, is something you may have to get used to.

An important part of Dutch society is the wish to all work together for the greater good. We call this the poldermodel. It means that for important decisions, everyone should be able to voice their opinion and negotiations go on until there is an agreement everybody’s happy with.

How To Apply To Netherlands Government Scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme

Safety and diversity

Holland is a place with a lot of diversity. In the major cities, you find people of all walks of life, different religions, different political conviction and different sexual orientation. The Netherlands is famous for its progressive stance on equality and diversity. Everyone in the Netherlands has the right to be who they want to be and to be with who they want.

The major part of the population associates itself with the Christian fate, but there are also large Muslim and Jewish communities. Whether you want to go to church, mosque, synagogue, Hindu, Buddhist or Sikh places of worship, you can do so freely in Holland.

Holland is a safe country by international standards. Violence and street crime levels are relatively low. Just take the usual care, like not putting your phone in your back pocket and making sure you always lock your bike.

In case something does happen, you should feel confident about approaching the police. They are there to help you and are friendly and open.

Holland or the Netherlands?

The country’s formal name is the Kingdom of the Netherlands – Netherlands for short. The name refers to the flatness and low level of the land. Much of it is at or below sea level.

The Netherlands is also often called ‘Holland’, which refers to the 2 western coastal provinces, North and South Holland. In the 17th century this was the most powerful area of the Dutch Republic.

In international communications, the names are used interchangeably. Both the Netherlands and Holland refer to the small country that is wedged between Germany, Belgium, and the North Sea.

Did you know that the Kingdom of the Netherlands is bigger than just the Netherlands? There are 3 Caribbean municipalities that are also part of the Kingdom: Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten.

How To Apply To Netherlands Government Scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme

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