The Orange Knowledge Programme contributes to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by providing access to education and training for professionals and organizations in technical vocational education and training (TVET) and higher education. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of its development cooperation policy. The subsidy programme is managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organization for internationalization in education. It offers to fund long-term, demand-driven partnerships between Dutch knowledge institutions and organizations in 19 participating countries, as well as individual scholarships and Tailor-Made Training courses in all 53 selected countries. The € 195 m, the five-year programme ends mid-2022, enabling tens of thousands to change their future. From the Dutch development cooperation policy, 4 priority themes have been selected on which to focus on the programme: Food and Nutrition Security; Water, Energy and Climate; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; and Security and Rule of Law. Cross-cutting themes in this programme are inclusion, employability and environmental sustainability.
The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity,
knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organizations in the field of Technical
and Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education and in other fields related to
priority themes in the OKP partner countries.
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 organization.
Financial Benefits of Orange Knowledge Programme 2020/2021 by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- An Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period.
- The scholarship is a contribution towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees
Country list for Short courses and Masters Orange Knowledge Programme 2020/2021
- Burkina Faso
- Palestinian Territories
- Congo (DRC)
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
Eligibility Criteria of Orange Knowledge Programme 2020/2021 by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the OKP to be eligible for a
The criteria for the scholarship applicant are as follows:
• 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 scholarship 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.
• The scholarship application is a professional who, in light of his/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 through his/her employer could be put in a position to
apply what he/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
• The scholarship applicant holds a valid identity document.
• The scholarship applicant has been admitted to the course or programme for which
he/she wishes an OKP scholarship.
• 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 programme and after his/her return will give the
scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice
OKP Master Programs
Faculty of Sciences
– Biomedical Sciences
– Drug Discovery and Safety
– Earth Sciences
– Environment and Resource Management
– Global Health
– Health Sciences
– Management, Policy Analysis, and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences
School of Business and Economics
– Business Administration: Specialization in Transport and Supply Chain Management
– Business Administration: Specialization in Financial Management
– Business Administration: Specialization in Strategy and Organization
– Business Administration: Specialization in Human Resource Management
– Business in Society (Joint Masters programme)
Faculty of Law
– International Business Law
– International Crimes and Criminology
– Law: International Migrations and Refugee Law
– Law, Markets, and Behaviour
– Law: Transnational Legal Studies
– Law: International Technology Law
– Law and politics of international security
Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences
– Research Master Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology
– Research Master Cognitive Neuropsychology
– Research Master of Social Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
– Culture, Organization, and Management
– Political Sciences
– Social and cultural anthropology
Faculty of Humanities
– Philosophy, Bioethics, and Health
– Philosophy of Law and Governance
– Philosophy of Neuroscience
Application procedure in relation to a Master’s programme
Step 1: Apply for academic admission directly by going through the application steps.
Your admission must be unconditional in terms of your education and language proficiency. Conditional admission may be granted only subject to you finding suitable funding for the programme. You are strongly advised to seek academic admission as early as possible to allow the institution to process your application in time (please note the Faculty’s Admission Board needs four to six weeks to decide upon your admission).
Step 2: Apply for the OKP Master scholarship via Atlas
The deadline for the application via Atlas is 15 March 2020.
Apply for the OKP Master scholarship via Atlas, the online application tool for OKP scholarships.
In Atlas you will have to answer these three questions:
– What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?
– How will this course enable you to address this issue?
– How will you address this issue with your position within your organization?
You will need to upload the following documents in Atlas. Each uploaded document should be prepared in PDF format and not exceed 2MB:
- Copy passport
- Employer’s statement
- Admission letter from VU Amsterdam
- Government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable)
Step 3: Outcome Atlas
The decision on the OKP Master scholarship application will be communicated via email.
Please send an e-mail to [email protected] should you have any questions concerning the scholarship.
Visit the Official Website of Orange Knowledge Programme 2020/2021 by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs