Fully funded Orange Knowledge Program scholarship for developing countries


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


Course duration

The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) offers scholarships funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs available for a selection of:

short courses (round 1: duration 2 weeks to 12 months; round 2: duration 2 weeks to 7 months);

master’s program (duration 12 to 24 months).


Eligible countries

Please be informed that the list of eligible countries is subject to change and is yet to be updated. In previous rounds, you were eligible for an OKP scholarship if you are a national of and working in:

Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen.



The Orange Knowledge Program has an increased focus on study program related to the themes of: 

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Security and the Rule of Law
  • Integrated Food and Nutrition Security (including water and climate change)
  • Integrated water resources management – Delta management
  • Maritime development including port development
  • Digitalization
  • Focus on entrepreneurship and development of the private sector.
  • Integrated water resources management (as part of Integrated Food and Nutrition Security).

There are focus areas for each country. Please note that these course areas, as well as the list of countries is subject to change. Only applications that fall within the focus area of your country of employment are eligible. 


A limited number of scholarships is awarded to female and male professionals who are:

  • motivated;
  • living and working in an OKP country;
  • proficient in English or French;
  • working in one of the priority areas for their country;
  • can motivate using and transferring their knowledge and experience in their employing organization after their studies;
  • agreeing to the obligations and conditions.

Employer statement

Both you and your employer must sign an employer statement. That demonstrates to us that your employer is in favor of your application. And so when you get back to your country, you may impart the information and experience you picked up in the Netherlands. Due to the OKP’s emphasis on building stronger organizations via stronger people, this is necessary.

Government statement


If you are a civil servant, it might be necessary to sign a government statement. This certifies the support of your government for your OKP application.


How to apply

  • You cannot apply online on this website. Please follow the steps below and apply through the Dutch education institution of your choice. 
  • Check if your application falls within the OKP focus areas determined for your country. 
  • Check if you meet the OKP eligibility criteria.
  • Find a course on the OKP course list. Please find a study, using the filter ‘Orange Knowledge Program (OKP)’.
  • Ask your employer whether they are willing to nominate you for an OKP scholarship.
  • 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. 
  • Prepare your application: employer statement, motivation, passport, government statement (if required).

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 of the educational institution of your choice. 



submit applications between 8 February – 30 March 16.00 CET for courses starting between 24 July 2023 and 31 January 2024.

This round is open for applications through education institutions. Please carefully check the deadline of the institution of your choice, as they might set a shorter deadline for the application.