The Netherlands Government Scholarship, also known as the “Orange Knowledge Programme,” is a scholarship program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by Nuffic, the Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education.
The program is designed to provide professionals from developing countries with the opportunity to pursue short courses, master’s degrees, or PhDs at universities and institutes in the Netherlands.
The scholarships are intended to help build the capacity of individuals and organizations in eligible countries, with a focus on sectors such as agriculture, water, and energy.
The program covers the full tuition fee, a monthly allowance, and travel costs, but accommodation and other expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship holder.
The application process varies depending on the type of scholarship, the country of origin of the applicant, and the program of study.
To be eligible for a Netherlands Government Scholarship, the following criteria must be met:
- Required Languages: English
- Eligible Countries: The scholarship applicant is a citizen of, and resides and works in, one of the countries listed on the OKP Country List (see the document Country List for Short Courses and Masters).
- The scholarship applicant is employed by one of the following national or local organizations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions, universities, the private sector, commissions, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
- The scholarship applicant may not work for any of the following organizations: a bilateral or multilateral organization; a non-governmental organization that is internationally active and focuses on representing social interests such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health, or human rights.
- The scholarship applicant is a professional who, because of his or 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 could be put in a position to put what he or she has learned into practice.
- The scholarship applicant possesses a valid identification document.
- The scholarship applicant has been admitted to the course or program for which an OKP scholarship is desired.
- If the local government requires it, the scholarship applicant has included a government statement with the scholarship application (see the document government statement requirement).
- The scholarship applicant demonstrates that the requested percentage of co-funding is available to fund the research.
- The scholarship applicant’s employer supports the scholarship application with a positive reference, declares that it will continue to pay the scholarship recipient’s salary during the program, and after his or her return will provide the scholarship recipient with an opportunity to put what he or she has learned into practice.
- The scholarship is fully funded by the Dutch government.
- Living expenses are not incurred.
- Tuition is free.
- Visa is free.
- Free round-trip airline tickets
- Health insurance is provided at no cost.
- Grant for Thesis Research
- Batch 1: for master’s and short courses
Applications will be accepted between the 2nd of February and the 22nd of March at 16.00 CET.
Both master’s and short courses should begin between July 25 and November 21, 2023.
- Batch 2—for short courses
Applications will be accepted between the 11th of May and the 28th of June at 16.00 CET.
Courses should begin between November 21, 2022, and February 20, 2023.
- Batch 3—for short courses
Applications will be accepted between the 31st of August and the 11th of October at 16.00 CET.
Courses should begin on February 20, 2023, and must be completed by August 31, 2023.
General Required Documents
In general, you will be asked to provide the following documents:
- a complete and signed application form, which can be downloaded from the website of the Orange Knowledge Program.
- a copy of your passport or ID card. This is used to confirm your identity and citizenship.
- a certificate of your highest level of education. This must be an officially issued and translated document that shows the degree obtained and the date on which it was obtained.
- a transcript of records of your highest level of education. This must be an officially issued and translated document that shows the courses taken and grades received.
- a curriculum vitae (CV).
- a motivation letter. This should state why you want to study in the Netherlands and how the scholarship will benefit you and your home country.
- Language proficiency test results Depending on the course requirement and scholarship, you will be asked to submit results of certain language proficiency tests like IELTS, TOEFL, C1 Advanced, etc.
- Reference letters (two or more). The letters should be written by someone who can confirm your qualifications for the study and the scholarship.
Additional documents may be required, depending on the specific scholarship and program.
It is important to carefully read the application instructions and ensure that you submit all required documents by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
How to Apply
1. To apply for a Netherlands Government Scholarship, please follow the steps outlined below:
2. Locate a scholarship-eligible course or master’s program. The eligible courses can be found in the study program database at www.studyfinder.nl by entering “OKP qualified: yes” in the search criteria.
For more information, contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course.
- The course material
- The scholarship application deadline
- The application and selection processes for scholarships
- The online application form as well as the necessary application documents
3. Prepare your application as well as any supporting documentation.
4. Apply online through the Dutch institution offering the course.
For more information on the Netherlands Government Scholarship, please visit the official website