Great opportunity if you are looking to study in the Netherlands. As applications for the Orange Knowledge Program are currently open. The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP), is a fully funded scholarship for international students who wish pursue their Master’s degree and short courses in the Netherlands.
Moreover, the OKP providers scholarships to mid-career professionals who come from eligible countries the opportunity to study in Dutch educational institutions in the Netherlands. However, in this article we will provide information in details about the Orange Knowledge Program, the scholarship benefits, its eligibility requirements, step by step application instructions and other important information on the scholarship.
- About the Orange Knowledge Program
- Scholarship overview
- Scholarship benefits
- Eligibility requirements for the Orange knowledge Program
- OKP application instructions
- Additional notes
- Official websites
About the Orange Knowledge Program
The Orange Knowledge Program is a Dutch funding program that is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs and managed by Nuffic Global Development. The OKP was initiated in mid-2017 and will end in mid-2022, thereby making it a 5-year program. The budget for the program is €220 million, projects are ongoing in up to 54 countries.
The program is currently available in 38 countries with the aim of contributing to societal social and economic development by strengthening knowledge and skills of professionals and organizations. This is achieved through focusing on education, in collaboration with Dutch knowledge organizations.
Moreover, the aim of initiating the Orange Knowledge Program is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of professionals active in the priority fields through scholarships and training; and also build the capacity of organizations in higher education and TVET (Technical Vocational Education & Training), in collaboration with Dutch knowledge institutions. Which is based on the Netherlands’ development cooperation policy.
Furthermore, the OKP scholarships offers short courses and Master’s degree programs to mid-career professionals. Providing them the opportunity to research and study in various fields at the program’s partner universities in the Netherlands.
Furthermore, here’s a brief description or summary of the OKP scholarships:
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Partner Dutch Universities that offer Orange Knowledge Program qualified courses or programs
The OKP scholarships are available for a selection of short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months) and Master’s degree programs (duration 12 – 24 months)
Field(s) of Study:
All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Program scholarship are listed in the Studyfinder. Please find a study program by searching in the Studyfinder, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. Contact details of OKP institutions can also be found there.
The OKP 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.
However, the scholarship program provides the recipients with the following value or inclusion:
- It covers living costs such as visa, travel and insurance, study materials and a handling fee
- It also covers 95% of tuition fees for each selected student. You cover the remaining 5% of the tuition fee yourself
- The scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue receive during the study duration
- The program gives a fixed reimbursement to education institutions which includes the aforementioned costs
Eligibility Requirements for the Orange Knowledge Program
However, in order to qualify for the OKP scholarships, the applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria outlined below:
- 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 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.
- Also, the applicant must be a mid-professional who is still in his or her:
- multiple years of relevant work experience
- 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 or 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 outlined above in the scholarship overview
- The scholarship applicant has been offered admission to study the course or program of his or her preference
- The scholarship applicant holds a valid identity document
- 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 program and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice
- Click here for full eligibility requirements for the Orange Knowledge Program
OKP Application Instructions
Moreover, follow the step by step guidelines outlined below to apply for the OKP scholarship:
- Firstly , you will need to apply directly to a Dutch University or higher education institution of your choice. You can find contact information for the Dutch institutions that offer qualified OKP courses in the program’s database of study programs using this link.
- Moreover, 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
Furthermore, you will need to provide your personal details in the application. The following documents may be required for the application:
- A copy of a valid passport
- A statement from your employer, you may be required to use the OKP format
- You will also need to upload a statement from your government, using the OKP format as well depending on your country
In addition to the application instructions, you must complete the application with all the required documents in accordance with the required format. Otherwise, your application will be declined. You will have to submit your online application via the Dutch university or institution you wish to apply to.
Moreover, deadline for the application varies depending on the course and institution you applied to. The 3 expected candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are as follows:
- Round 1: 3 February-23 March 2021 (for courses starting between between 26 July and 21 November 2021)
- Round 2: 12 May-29 June 2021 (for Short Courses starting between 22 November 2021 and 20 February 2022)
- Round 3: 1 September-12 October 2021 (for Short Courses starting on or after 21 February 2022 and ending before 31 August 2022)
Please ensure you visit the official website for more details on the eligibility requirements and application instructions before applying for the scholarship. Moreover, the selection procedure for the program 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
In conclusion, please visit the official website of the scholarship provider using the link below for more details on the application instructions and eligibility criteria. As information may be changed or updated at any moment without notice.