Which institutions can participate?

Your organisation can participate if it:

What are the course criteria?

The courses need to meet the following criteria:

  • The duration of short courses should be between 12 and 365 days.
  • The maximum duration for master’s programmes is 24 months.
  • Master's programmes with a duration longer than 1 academic year can only participate with co-financing.
  • The end date for implementation of short courses is 31 August 2024 and for Master’s is 31 January 2025, with the exception of co-financed master’s programmes.
  • 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 master's and short courses
    Courses should start between 24 July 2023 and 31 January 2024
  • Round 2 – for master's and short courses
    Courses should start after 1 February 2024

All Short courses must be completed before 31 August 2024 and all Master’s must be completed by 31 January 2025, with the exception of co-financed master’s programmes.

Which candidates can you nominate?

The scholarships are open to 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 that you are allowed to nominate in Delta after you submit the first registration. The number of nominations is based on the following criteria:

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

What do we expect from you?

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, you are 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 for distributing 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.

Co-financing OKP 2-year Master’s Scholarships

You can participate in Round 2 of 2023 with a Master’s degree programme that takes longer than 1 academic year. We allow participation under the condition of joint financing. In such cases, the Orange Knowledge Programme finances the first academic year, and the remainder of the study is guaranteed through a declaration of co-finance. At the end of the grant period, you will only report on the first academic year.

Participation with the applicable Master’s degree programmes is only possible if we receive a signed declaration of co-finance. This can be done by submitting the declaration by email to until 19 September 2023 16.00 CET at the latest. Declaration for Master’s degree programmes received after this date cannot participate in Round 2.

Good to know:

  • Two questions are included in the registration form, asking students whether they are (a) a co-finance candidate or (b) a full scholarship candidate. We kindly ask you to proactively advise your students which one of the two applies to them. To clarify, co-financing is only applicable for Master’s degree programmes that are longer than 1 academic year.
  • During the nomination phase, we ask you to carefully check whether candidates have correctly indicated whether they are a co-finance candidate or full scholarship candidate as this influences the scholarship calculation.
  • If you are participating with a co-financed scholarship, you must submit a declaration of co-finance before the nomination deadline on 19 September 2023 16.00 CEST to
  • The reminder procedure has been adjusted to a short time frame of 4 weeks (previously 8 weeks) to accommodate more Master’s programmes for this round. Regardlesss of the end date of your studies, final reports must be submitted by 31 October 2024.
  • For co-financed scholarships, institutions will only report on the first academic year. Scholarship holders will receive an adjusted status instead of ‘graduated’.

LPDP Joint scholarship programme for Indonesia

The Orange Knowledge Programme is cooperating with Indonesian scholarship provider Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) to provide Master’s Scholarships for Indonesian professionals. This new scholarship programme is building on the scholarship programme of LPDP and StuNed launched in 2021.

The joint scholarship programme will combine the strategic focus of the Orange Knowledge Programme with that of LPDP. The joint programme will target:

  • mid-career professionals under 35 years old
  • One year Master's degree programmes focusing on Food and Nutrition Security, Water management including climate and energy, Security and rule of law, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable and circular economy, Public Health and Fisheries, maritime and logistics.

Please note that the Grant obligations and conditions that will apply to the new joint scholarship, as well as the timeline, will be announced soon. The full procedure in detail can be found on

For more information, please contact:

Francophone countries

In 2022 we created a video series on the scholarship application procedure in French. With these videos, we aim to stimulate the participation of candidates from Francophone countries. We encourage you to spread these videos among applicants from Francophone countries.

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 (3.20 MB) (3.20 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 NL 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 to 4 weeks.

Assessment questions individual scholarships Orange Knowledge‌ (90.37 kB) (90.37 kB)

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

Delta User Manual for Embassies Individual Scholarships Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) (1.55 MB) (1.55 MB)

Step 9
We will select the individual scholarship awardees, after the Embassies have finished their assessment. You will receive an official grant letter with an overview of selected and rejected candidate applications.

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.