The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) 2021-2022 aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and organizations in developing countries. The OKP scholarships are open in the field of higher and vocational education and in other fields related to the priority themes in the program countries.
The Orange Knowledge Program individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals, who are nationals of selected countries. Short courses usually last from 2 weeks to 12 months while Master’s programs last from 12 to 24 months. Candidates will be able to research and study in various fields of study at partner institutions in the Netherlands.
- Host Institutions: Universities on this list (with OKP qualified: yes) in Netherlands.
- Eligible Fields: All courses listed in the Studyfinder using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’.
- Number of Awards: Not specified.
- Duration: short courses (2 weeks to 12 months) and master’s programs (12 to 24 months).
- Eligible countries: 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.
Orange Knowledge Program Benefits
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. You have to cover any difference between the OKP scholarship amount and the actual costs yourself.
Orange Knowledge Program Eligibility
To apply for the scholarship, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
- Work 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 course/program for which the applicant is applying for is offered in English, French or Spanish.
- be 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.
- hold the nationality of and be resident and working in one of the eligible country (Check list above)
- has been admitted to the course or program for which he/she wishes an OKP scholarship.
- Demonstrates that the requested co-funding percentage is available to fund the study.
- The employer of the applicant supports the scholarship application through a positive reference, declares that it will continue to pay the salary of the Scholarship recipient during the program and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice.
- The scholarship application is relevant to sustainable development in the country or region where the requesting party is located, and is relevant to the theme concerned. (Country focus’ on studyinholland.nl/okp For the Country Plan of Implementation check Here )
- The course/program for which the applicant is applying for a scholarship is registered at www.studyfinder.nl (OKP-qualified ‘yes’).
- The course/programme for which the applicant is applying for a scholarship is full time, unless it is an e-learning course.
- The course/programme for which the applicant wishes the OKP Scholarship is a Master’s degree program or short course that meets the requirements set out above.
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- Heinrich Böll Foundation scholarships in Germany;
- Doha Institute For Graduate Studies Scholarship.
How to Apply for the Orange Knowledge Program
To apply for the OKP scholarship, applicants must follow steps below:
- First find a course or master’s program that is eligible for the scholarship. You can find the eligible courses in our study program database www.studyfinder.nl, specifying in the search criteria to ‘OKP qualified: Yes’.
- Contact the Dutch higher education institution that is offering the course for information on the:
- course content;
- scholarship application deadline (deadlines can differ per Dutch institution);
- scholarship application and selection procedures;
- online application form and the required application documents.
- Prepare your application and the supporting documents.
- Submit your online application via the Dutch institution offering the course.
For any questions on the application or selection procedure please contact the Dutch institution directly.
Please note that there are focus areas for each country. Only applications that fall within the focus area of their country of employment are eligible.
- Round 1: 3 February-23 March 2021 (for courses starting between 26 July and 21 November 2021)
- Round 2: 12 May-29 June 2021 (for Short Courses starting between 22 November 2021 and 20 February 2022)
- Round 3: 1 September-12 October 2021 (for Short Courses starting on or after 21 February 2022 and ending before 31 August 2022).
The last application round’s deadline is . For more details on the Orange Knowledge Program please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.