Orange Knowledge Programme


The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals, and institutions in higher and vocational education.

A OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the study period in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc. If applicable, the scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the OKP scholarship amount.
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.

Contact your institution

If you have any questions after reading the information below, please contact the Dutch institution offering the course of your choice directly. They can tell you more about the eligibility criteria, exact deadlines (which vary per institution), the application and selection procedures.

Eligible courses

All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship for this application round are listed in Studyfinder. Please search in Studyfinder, using the filter ‘NFP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.


The application period for this round officially opens on 1 Feb 2018. Deadlines vary per institution. You can find more information in this document:

OKP information for applicants(41 kB)

Please note that there are focus areas for each country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed.

Orange Knowledge Programme country focus (102 kB)

Orange Knowledge Programme country list (provisional)

The April 2018 deadline for applications for short courses and master’s is open to candidates from the Orange Knowledge Programme partner countries listed in this document:

OKP Country list for Short Courses and Masters April deadline 2018

What are the deadlines?

The 3 candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:

  • Round 1: closed
  • Round 2: 13 May-30 June (all short course and master’s programmes with a 12-month duration)
  • Round 3: 2 September-13 October (short course only)

Obligations for OKP fellowship holders (April 2018 deadline) (172 kB)


Funding and management

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



Database Details

Current Research
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Thematic Focus
Agriculture, Biodiversity and Sustainability, Digital Communication / ICTs, Governance and Accountability, Knowledge Production and Transfer, Life Sciences and Health, Mobility and Migration, Open Topic, Peace and Security, Poverty Reduction


Applicant’s Country
Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Allowed Usage
Research, Mobility, Events

Applicant’s Position

Cycle Type

Partner Required

Last Modification
15. April 2020