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Netherlands Orange Knowledge Scholarship Program (OKP) For International Students 2023

Netherlands Orange Knowledge Program (OKP)

Orange Knowledge Program (OKP): The application is open for the 2023 Netherlands Orange Knowledge Scholarship Program (OKP) For International Students. The Orange Knowledge Programme, a new phase of the Netherlands Fellowship, aims to encourage the development of capacity and knowledge in higher and vocational education for both individuals and institutions.



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About the OKP Fellowship

On 1 July 2017, the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) entered a new phase as a new programme under the name Kennisontwikkelings programma (KOP), in English, Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). KOP aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge, and quality of both individuals and institutions in higher and vocational education.



The Orange Knowledge Programme has an increased focus on study programs related to the themes of:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Security and the Rule of Law
  • Qualified applications within these themes will be prioritized, but applications in other fields are still welcome. Please check whether your study program aligns with the Country Focus Document (224.27 kB)for your country.



Brief Programme Details

Sponsor: Holland Scholarship

Type: Postgraduate

Study Country: Netherlands

Award Value: Travels | Full Fellowship Sponsorship | Accommodation

Eligible Countries: International Countries

Application Deadline: Open



Full Benefits of the Netherlands Orange Knowledge Program (OKP)

Below are the benefits of the OKP beneficiaries:

  • Tuition fees sponsorship
  • Travel Allowance
  • Visa Funding
  • Accommodation
  • Living Allowance
  • Salary for the study period
  • Insurance
  • Thesis research grant



Eligibility Requirements of the Netherlands OKP Fellowship

One must be a professional and a national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Country list valid at the time of application;

  • One must have a current employer’s statement that complies with the formal Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the formal must be endorsed in the statement;
  • One must not be employed by an organization that can be expected to have their own funds for staff development, e.g.: a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft) a large national and/or a large commercial organization; a bilateral donor organization (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid); a multilateral donor organization (e.g. a UN organization, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB); an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).



  • One must have a current employer’s statement which complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments, which are included in the format, must be endorsed in the statement;
  • One must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
  • One must have an official valid passport



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Scholarship Modality

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 available for Dutch education institutions
  • Grants awarded through Dutch education institutions

Results of applications are announced 3 to 4 months after application. The Dutch education institution through which you applied for the scholarship will contact you with the results of your application



Application Timeline

The following rounds are provisionally expected for 2024:

  • Round 2: submit applications between 28th June – 5th September at 16.00 CET for courses starting after 1 February 2024.
  • Round 1: submit applications between 8th February – 30th March 16.00 CET for courses starting between 24 July 2023 and 31 January 2024



Application Procedure

You cannot apply online on this website. Please follow the steps below and apply through the Dutch education institution of your choice.

1. Check if your application falls within the OKP focus areas determined for your country.

2. Check if you meet the OKP eligibility criteria.

3. Find a course on the OKP course list. Please find a study, using the filter ‘Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)’.

4. Ask your employer whether they are willing to nominate you for an OKP scholarship.



5. Contact the Dutch education institution of your choice to receive more information about the application procedure, the academic requirements, and the link to apply online.

6. Prepare your application: employer statement, motivation, passport, and government statement (if required).

7. During an application round, submit your application online using the link you receive from the Dutch education institution. Please be aware of the application deadline for the educational institution of your choice.

Visit the OKP Official Website for More Information

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