Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships

The Orange Programme scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries. Scholarships are available for a selection of short courses (duration of 2 weeks to 12 months) and Master's programs (duration of 12 to 24 months).

Apply for Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships

Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships are initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The OKP aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education. The scholarships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.

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 application should be relevant to sustainable development in the country or region where the requesting party is located and is relevant to the theme concerned.

The deadline is on 30 June 2020.


Main criteria

  • The scholarship applicant must work for one of the following types of national and/or local organisations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education, institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs
  • The employer of the scholarship applicant should support the scholarship application through a positive reference and declare that it will continue to pay the salary of the scholarship recipient during the programme and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice

Candidates are citizens of the selected countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar,  Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal,  Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


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