How to Apply to Netherlands Government Scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme

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About the Scholarship

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.

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Aim of OKP

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.

For whom: criteria

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. You have to cover any difference between the OKP scholarship amount and the actual costs yourself.

You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the OKP to be eligible for a scholarship.

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 (see the document ‘Country List for Short courses and Masters – OKP’ on www.studyinholland.nl/okp )
  • 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 (see the document ‘government statement requirement’ on www.studyinholland.nl/okp ).
  • 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.

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With regard to eligible courses and programmes:

  • The scholarship application is relevant to sustainable development in the country or region where the requesting party is located, and is relevant to the theme concerned. The scholarship application is in line with the Country Plan of Implementation or Country Focus for the country concerned. ( see the document ‘Country focus’ on www.studyinholland.nl/okp For the Country Plan of Implementation check https://www.nuffic.nl/en/subjects/institutional-collaboration-projects/ )
  • The course/programme for which the scholarship applicant is applying for a scholarship is registered at www.studyfinder.nl (OKP-qualified ‘yes’).
  • The course/programme for which the scholarship applicant is applying for a scholarship is full time, unless it is an e-learning course.
  • The course/programme for which the scholarship applicant is applying for a scholarship is offered in English, French or Spanish.
  • The course/programme for which the scholarship applicant wishes the OKP scholarship is a Master’s degree programme or short course that meets the requirements set out above.

The scholarship applicant must not receive more than one OKP scholarship for
courses/programmes that take place at the same time. If the scholarship applicant submits
two or more scholarship applications for courses/programmes that take place at the same
time:

  • The scholarship application that was registered first in the scholarship application system will be processed;
  • The other scholarship application(s) will be declared not eligible.

How to apply

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 www.studyfinder.nl, 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.

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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.

When to apply

We will publish the definite deadlines dates on www.studyinholland.nl/okp.

Why participate?

Benefits for your institution

The Orange Knowledge Programme gives you the opportunity to create an international classroom where students and staff can learn from each other. It also allows you to create sustainable professional partnerships with organisations in Orange Knowledge countries.

Expenses covered

As an education institution you get a fixed reimbursement, which includes visa, travel and insurance costs, study materials and a handling fee. It also includes 95% of tuition fees for each selected student. You cover the remaining 5% of the tuition fee yourself.

The default end date for study programmes participating in the Orange Knowledge Programme is 31 August 2022. For master’s programmes that have a duration beyond 31 August 2022, expenses are covered for 1 academic year.

Institutions may offer master’s programmes that continue after this date if they:

  • declare to meet the reporting deadlines, 
  • offer a co-financed scholarship for the remaining part of the study period (in case of a master’s programme with a duration of more than 1 year).

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Participation criteria

Which institutions can participate?

Your organisation can participate if it:

  • has signed the Code of Conduct international students, or is included in the list of additional knowledge centres;
  • will deliver the course itself; intermediary organisations cannot participate;
  • has sufficient organisational and financial means;
  • declares to meet the reporting deadlines (only applicable for master’s programmes that have a duration beyond 31 August 2022);
  • can provide a proof of funding for co-financed scholarships (only applicable for master’s programmes with a duration longer than 1 academic year). 

What are the course criteria?

The courses need to meet the following criteria:

  • The maximum duration for master’s programmes is 24 months.
  • The duration of short courses should be between 12 and 365 days.
  • The default end date for implementation of courses is 31 August 2022.
  • The course or programme should be full-time (this does not apply to e-learning courses).
  • The course or programme needs to take place either in the Netherlands or needs to be carried out by a Dutch institution in an OKP country.
  • The course or programme needs to be taught in English, French or Spanish.
  • Master’s programmes need to be accredited.

In addition, the start date of the course or programme needs to be within a specified period; this varies per grant application round:

  • Round 1 – for all masters and short courses
    Both masters and short courses should start between 26July and 21 November 2021.
  • Round 2 – for short courses
    Courses should start between 22 November 2021 and 20 February 2022.
  • Round 3 – for short courses
    Courses should start from 21 February onward and must be completed before 31 August 2022.

What is your role in the scholarship programme?

As an education institution you apply for subsidy on behalf of individual candidates. After submitting the grant application in the form of one or multiple nominations, youare responsible for all communication and administration for the scholarship(s). This means that you need to provide students with all the information and relevant documents:

Documents for scholarships – Orange Knowledge

Also, you are responsible for distributing the application link to candidates (see “process step-by-step“).

As an education institution you are the ‘grant recipient’. You are responsible fordistributing the scholarship reimbursements to the selected individual scholarship holders. In case of co-financing, you are also responsible for offering a co-financed scholarship for the remaining part of the study period. 

You can find all the details of your responsibilities in the grant conditions:

Grant obligations and conditions for individual scholarships‌ (366.61 kB)

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Process step-by-step

Step 1

Check if the programme you want to offer meets the above criteria.

Step 2

Register the course in Hovi/Studiekeuze 123 before the date specified below under ‘Deadlines’. Make sure you indicate that the course is open for OKP scholarship holders.

Step 3

Once you have received a notification email, check the course details in Delta through the link sent in the email. Update if necessary. See the Delta user manual for instructions:

Delta user manual for Dutch institutions (3.22 MB)

Step 4

Check your website to make sure you link to all our latest OKP documents for candidates. Also, promote the scholarship on your website.

Step 5

Once candidates have registered for the course at your institution, send your students a link to the application page in Delta, to apply for the scholarship. Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of the scholarship programme. You can send them a link to our Study in Holland website for more information.

Step 6

Process all the applications following the instructions in the Delta manual above. Make sure you do this before the deadline, otherwise your students will not be considered for a scholarship.

Step 7

Nominate your candidates and submit the applications before the deadline. This constitutes the official subsidy request.

Step 8

The applications are sent to the Embassies for assessment. Each application is assessed by the Dutch Embassy based in the country the candidate works in. The Embassies will keep the priorities and focus areas for the Orange Knowledge Programme for their countries in mind while doing this assessment. This process takes about 3-4 weeks.

Assessment questions individual scholarships Orange Knowledge‌  (90.37 kB)

See the step-by-step guide for embassies and consulates

Delta User Manual for Embassies Individual Scholarships Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) (1.25 MB)

Step 9

We will select the individual scholarship awardees, after theEmbassies have finished their assessment. You will receive an official grant letter with an overview of selected and rejected candidate applications.

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Country Focus Document

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

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