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.

The default end date for study programmes participating in the Orange Knowledge Programme is 31 August 2022. For master’s programmes that have a duration beyond 31 August 2022, expenses are covered for 1 academic year.

Institutions may offer master’s programmes that continue after this date if they:

  • declare to meet the reporting deadlines, 
  • offer a co-financed scholarship for the remaining part of the study period (in case of a master’s programme with a duration of more than 1 year).

Participation criteria

Which institutions can participate?

Your organisation can participate if it:

  • has signed the Code of Conduct international students, or is included in the list of additional knowledge centres;
  • will deliver the course itself; intermediary organisations cannot participate;
  • has sufficient organisational and financial means;
  • declares to meet the reporting deadlines (only applicable for master’s programmes that have a duration beyond 31 August 2022);
  • can provide a proof of funding for co-financed scholarships (only applicable for master’s programmes with a duration longer than 1 academic year). 

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 and 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 26July and 21 November 2021.
  • Round 2 – for short courses
    Courses should start between 22 November 2021 and 20 February 2022.
  • Round 3 - for short courses
    Courses should start from 21 February onward and must be completed before 31 August 2022.

What is your role in the scholarship programme?

As an education institution you apply for subsidy on behalf of individual candidates. After submitting the grant application in the form of one or multiple nominations, youare responsible for all communication and administration for the scholarship(s). 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 fordistributing the scholarship reimbursements to the selected individual scholarship holders. In case of co-financing, you are also responsible for offering a co-financed scholarship for the remaining part of the study period. 

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

Grant obligations and conditions for individual scholarships‌ (366.61 kB)

Country budget and candidates

The country list has recently changed in order to achieve more focus in the programme. See the overview page for a listing of all countries eligible for individual scholarships.

For more information please check our Programme update.

What is the budget?

The maximum total budget for Round 3 – 2020 is € 4,127,375 for short course scholarships. The maximum total budget for Round 1 – 2021 is € 8,800,000 for master’s scholarships and € 3,100,000 for short course scholarships.

The following budget division applies:

  • Full programme countries: 55%
  • Compact Plus programme countries: 45%

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 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 certain countries. There is extra budget available for Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Somalia, South-Sudan and Sudan.

Check the Staatscourant for more information:

English translation of publication Staatscourant 29 November 2018‌ (163.21 kB)

Process step-by-step

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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 (3.22 MB)

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.

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. This constitutes the official subsidy request.

Step 8

The applications are sent to the Embassies for assessment. Each application is assessed by the Dutch Embassy based in the country the candidate works in. 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  (90.37 kB)

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

Delta User Manual for Embassies Individual Scholarships Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) (1.25 MB)

Step 9

We will select the individual scholarship awardees, after theEmbassies have finished their assessment. You will receive an official grant letter with an overview of selected and rejected candidate applications.


Deadlines 2020

Round 3

  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 27 November–1 December 2020, 16.00 CET 
  • Applications (students): 2 December 2020–5 January 2021, 16.00 CET 
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 14 January 2021, 16.00 CET 
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 14 January–4 February 2021, 16.00 CET 
  • Grant letters: 18 February 2020

Provisional deadlines 2021

Round 1

  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 26 January–2 February 2021 16.00 CET
  • Applications (students): 3 February–23 March 2021 16.00 CET
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 6 April 2021 16.00 CET
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 7April 2021–18 May 2021 16.00 CET
  • Grant letters: 3 June 2021

Master's programmes and short courses must start between 26 July and 21November 2021. Due to the end date of the Orange Knowledge Programme, 31 August 2022 is to be adhered to as the default end date for implementation of courses, except for co-financed master's programmes.

Round 2

  • Course registration in Hovi (institutions): 13 April 2021
  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 20 April–11 May 2021 16.00 CET
  • Applications (students): 12 May–29 June 2021 16.00 CET
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 13 July 2021 16.00 CET
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 14 July–17 August 2021 16.00 CET
  • Grant letters: 7 September 2021

Short courses must start between 22 November 2021 and 20 February 2022. Due to the end date of the Orange Knowledge Programme, 31 August 2022 is to be adhered to as the default end date for implementation of courses.

Round 3

  • Course registration in Hovi (institutions): 10 August 2021
  • Course details check in Delta (institutions): 19 August–31 August 2021 16.00 CET
  • Applications (students): 1 September–12 October 2021 16.00 CET 
  • Nomination of applicants (institutions): 26 October 2021 16.00 CET 
  • Eligibility check & assessment (embassies): 27 October–23 November 2021 16.00 CET 
  • Grant letters: 14 December 2021

Short courses should start from 21 February 2022 onward. 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.

Programme updates

We frequently send out updates to the programme's participants with important information, such as deadlines, calls and changes. To make sure that you are fully informed, please register to receive these updates.

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