Individual scholarships - Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme gives Dutch education institutions the opportunity to offer scholarships to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, to study in the Netherlands.

Scholarships are offered for short courses and master's programmes at Dutch education institutions.

Looking for a scholarship?

If you want to apply for an individual scholarship you can find all candidate information on our Study in Holland website.

Why participate?


Benefits for your institution

The Orange Knowledge Programme gives you the opportunity to create an international classroom where students and staff can learn from each other. It also allows you to create sustainable professional partnerships with organisations in Orange Knowledge countries.

Expenses covered

As an education institution you get a fixed reimbursement, which includes visa, travel and insurance costs, study materials and a handling fee. It also includes 95% of tuition fees for each selected student. You cover the remaining 5% of the tuition fee yourself.

Participation criteria


Which institutions can participate?

Your organisation can participate if it:

What are the course criteria?

The courses need to meet the following criteria:

  • The maximum duration for master’s programmes is 24 months.
  • The duration of short courses should be between 12 - 365 days.
  • The default end date for implementation of courses is 31 August 2022.
  • The course or programme should be full-time (this does not apply to e-learning courses).
  • The course or programme needs to take place either in the Netherlands or needs to be carried out by a Dutch institution in an OKP country.
  • The course or programme needs to be taught in English, French or Spanish.
  • Master’s programmes need to be accredited.

In addition, the start date of the course or programme needs to be within a specified period; this varies per grant application round:

  • Round 1 - for all masters and short courses
    Both masters and short courses should start between 28 July and 23 November 2020.
  • Round 2 – for 12-18 month masters and short courses
    Masters should start between 24 November - 27 July 2021 and finish before the default end date of 31 August 2022, Short courses should start between 24 November - 22 February 2021.
  • Round 3 - short courses only
    Courses should start between 23 February - 27 July 2021.

What is your role in the scholarship programme?

As an education institution you are responsible for all communication and administration for the scholarship programme. This means that you need to provide students with all the information and relevant documents:

Documents for scholarships - Orange Knowledge

Also, you are responsible for distributing the application link to candidates (see "process step-by-step").

As an education institution you are the ‘grant recipient’. You are responsible for paying the selected individual scholarship holders.

You can find all the details of your responsibilities in the grant conditions:

Grant obligations and conditions for individual scholarships‌ (353.0 kB)

Country budget and candidates


What is the budget?

The maximum total budget for Round 1 – 2020 is € 14,715,000 for master’s scholarships and € 4,238,000 for short course scholarships. The maximum total budget for Round 2 – 2020 is € 1,050,000 for master’s scholarships and € 1,400,000 for short course scholarships.

The following budget division applies:

  • Full programme countries: 55%
  • Compact Plus programme countries: 30%
  • Compact programme countries: 15%

See an overview of the countries per category.

When a new application round opens, we will specify on this page what the budget and division is for that round.

Which candidates can you nominate?

The scholarships are open to mid-career professionals who are nationals of – and living and working in – the countries participating in the Orange Knowledge Programme.

You can find the number of candidates you are allowed to nominate in Delta after the opening of the application round. The number of nominations is based on the following criteria:

  • the available grant budget for the application round;
  • the available grant budget for each country category;
  • the average costs of a scholarship;
  • the number of scholarships that were awarded to an institution in previous application rounds.

We would like to emphasise that we want to stimulate participation and nomination of candidates from Francophone countries. There is extra budget available for Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Ethiopia, Nigeria and the Francophone countries Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

Check the Staatscourant for more information:

English translation of publication Staatscourant 29 November 2018‌

Process step-by-step


Step 1

Check if the programme you want to offer meets the above criteria.

Step 2

Register the course in Hodex/Studiekeuze 123 before the date specified below. Make sure you indicate that the course is open for OKP scholarship holders.

  • Deadline Round 1: closed
  • Deadline Round 2: 21 April 2020

Step 3

Once you have received a notification email, check the course details in Delta through the link sent in the email. Update if necessary. See the Delta user manual for instructions:

Delta user manual for Dutch institutions‌ (3.1 MB)

  • Deadline Round 1: closed
  • Deadline Round 2: 12 May 2020 at 16:00 CEST

Step 4

Check your website to make sure you link to all our latest OKP documents for candidates. Also, promote the scholarship on your website.

Step 5

Once candidates have registered for the course at your institution, send your students a link to the application page in Delta, to apply for the scholarship. Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of the scholarship programme. You can send them a link to our Study in Holland website for more information.

  • Round 1: registration closed
  • Round 2 registration opens: 13 May 2020
  • Round 2 registration closes: 30 June 2020 at 16.00 CEST

Step 6

Process all the applications following the instructions in the Delta manual above. Make sure you do this before the deadline, otherwise your students will not be considered for a scholarship.

Step 7

Nominate your candidates and submit the applications before the deadline.

  • Deadline Round 1: closed
  • Deadline Round 2: 14 July 2020 at 16.00 CEST

Step 8

The applications are sent to the embassies for assessment. The embassies will keep the priorities and focus areas for the Orange Knowledge Programme for their countries in mind while doing this assessment. This process takes about 3-4 weeks.

Assessment questions individual scholarships Orange Knowledge‌ (88.2 kB)

  • Embassy check finished Round 1: 19 May 2020 at 16.00 CEST
  • Embassy check finished Round 2: 18 August 2020 at 16.00 CEST

See the step-by-step guide for embassies and consulates

Delta User Manual for Embassies Individual Scholarships Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) ‌ (1.2 MB)

Step 9

We will make a final decision, after the embassies have made their assessment. This takes another week.

Step 10

About 2 weeks after our final decision, you will receive the official grant award letter with the overview of selected applicants.

  • Final grant award letters Round 1: 4 June 2020
  • Final grant award letters Round 2: 8 September 2020

Provisional dates 2020

The Orange Knowledge Programme usually has 3 scholarship application rounds per year. Starting in 2020, we will be numbering the rounds as to simplify communication and avoid confusion.

Round 1

  • Course registration in Hodex (institutions): 14 January 2020
  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 21 January - 4 February 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Applications (students): 5 February - 24 March 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 21 April 2020 16.00 CEST (extended from 7 April 2020)
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 21 April 2020 (extended from 7 April 2020)- 19 May 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Selection done/Grant letters: 4 June 2020

Awarded master programmes and short courses must start between 28 July and 23 November 2020. Due to the end date of the Orange Knowledge Programme, 31 August 2022 is to be adhered as the default end date for implementation of courses.

Round 2

  • Course registration in Hodex (institutions): 21 April 2020
  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 28 April - 12 May 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Applications (students): 13 May - 30 June 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 14 July 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 14 July - 18 August 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Selection done/Grant letters: 8 September 2020

Awarded master programmes must start between 24 November 2020 and 27 July 2021. Awarded short courses must start between 24 November 2020 and 22 February 2021.

Due to the end date of the Orange Knowledge Programme, 31 August 2022 is to be adhered as the default end date for implementation of courses.

Round 3

  • Course registration in Hodex (institutions): 2 August 2020 (adjusted from 11 August 2020)
  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 20 August - 1 September 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Applications (students): 2 September - 13 October 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 27 October 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 27 October - 24 November 2020 16.00 CEST
  • Selection done/Grant letters: 15 December 2020

This deadline applies to short courses only. Awarded short courses must start between 23 February and 27 July 2021.

Overview granted scholarships

To find out how many scholarships we awarded to which countries in 2019, download our overview.

Granted individual scholarships 2019 - overview Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)‌ (166.2 kB)

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