Orange Knowledge Programme for Mid-Career Professionals in the Netherlands 2021

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites applications for the Orange Knowledge Programme for Mid-Career Professionals in the Netherlands for the 2021/22 academic year.

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity,
knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organisations 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.

Worth of Award

  • An 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, visa, travel, insurance, etc.


The Orange Knowledge Programme Netherlands individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals, who are nationals of – and living and working in – the following countries:

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Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia.

How to Apply

The selection procedure is as follows:

  • Candidates register with their Dutch education institution.
  • Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application.
  • Embassies check eligibility and assess applications.
  • Selection results published.
  • Grants awarded.


The 3 expected candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:

  • Round 1: February 3 – March 23, 2021 (for courses starting between July 26, and November 21, 2021).
  • Round 2: May 12- June 29, 2021 (for Short Courses starting between November 22,  2021, and February 20, 2022).
  • Round 3: September 1 – October 12, 2021 (for Short Courses starting on or after February 21, 2022, and ending before August 31, 2022).
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Please note that the above deadlines are subject to change until officially announced in the Government Gazette.


Click here for more details and to apply