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The Netherlands Government Orange Knowledge Programme

Deadline : September 5, 2023

Apply for the Netherlands Government Orange Knowledge Programme 2023. The main aim of the Orange Knowledge Programme is to advance the development of the capacity for participants in this programme. OKP also aims to develop knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organizations in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and Higher Education .

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. These scholarships are extremely competitive and are usually awarded to motivated professionals. You must be a mid-career professional from one of the eligible countries. Applicants must be in position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization at the end of the programme

The OKP scholarships will be awarded for one of the following programmes

  • A short course programme for a duration 2 weeks to 12 months
  • Master’s degree programmes for a duration 12 to 24 months)


Selected applicants will be eligible for the following benefits

  • Since participants in this programme are working professionals, the OKP scholarship is intended to supplement their salary that they should continue to receive during the programme.
  • The scholarship will contribute towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance


  • You must hold the nationality be a resident, working in one of the countries on the OKP Country list.
  • Applicants for the scholarships must be working for a national and/or local organization, ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs.
  • However, individuals working for a bilateral or multilateral organization, non-governmental organization that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights may not apply.
  • You must be a professional who over the years has accumulated relevant work experience and networks within a theme relevant to local development.
  • At the end of the programme, you must have the ability apply what you will have learned in practice.

Country themes

  • Bangladesh – Food & Nutrition Security, Water management, Maritime, Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
  • Benin – Food & Nutrition Security, Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
  • Burkina Faso – Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Security & Rule of Law, Private Sector Development, Food & Nutrition Security
  • Burundi – Food & Nutrition Security, Reproductive Health and Rights/gender
  • Columbia – Security & Rule of Law
  • Democratic Republic of Congo – Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Security & Rule of Law, Water, Women’s rights;
  • Egypt – Efficient water management in climate smart agriculture
  • Ethiopia – Food & Nutrition Security, Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Security and Rule of Law
  • Ghana – Food & Nutrition Security, entrepreneurship;
  • Guatemala – Human rights
  • Guinea – Security & Rule of Law, Private Sector Development, Food and Nutrition;
  • Iraq – Food & Nutrition Security, Water
  • Jordan – Food & Nutrition Security, sustainable agriculture including water efficiency and reuse
  • Kenya – Food & Nutrition Security in a nexus with Water
  • Lebanon – Data gathering and analysis, Security & Rule of Law
  • Liberia – Health, Water Sanitation, Hygiene and Water, Food & Nutrition Security
  • Mali – Food & Nutrition Security, Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Mozambique – Food & Nutrition Security, Energy & Maritime, Water
  • Myanmar – Inclusive agriculture for ecologically sustainable food
  • security and sustainable and equitable water use
  • Niger – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Security and Rule of Law, Food and Nutrition Security, Water
  • Nigeria – Human rights and good governance, Security and Rule of Law
  • Palestine Territories – climate smart agriculture, water and sanitation, good governance
  • Rwanda – Security and Rule of Law, Food & Nutrition Security
  • Senegal – Private sector Development, Human Rights, Security and Rule of Law;
  • Sierra Leone – Health, Water Sanitation, Hygiene and Water, Agriculture/Food
  • Somalia – (Maritime) Security and Rule of Law, Food Security and agriculture;
  • South Africa – Food and Nutrition Security, Water management
  • South Sudan – Private Sector Development, Food Security, Water
  • Sudan – Food security, agriculture and water, Rule of law and human rights, Democratisation
  • Suriname – Security and Rule of Law, Food security, Water management;
  • Tanzania – Food and Nutrition Security, Energy, (Media)
  • Tunisia – Agricultural growth and employment in agriculture, Stability, Migration, security and the rule of law
  • Uganda – Food and Nutrition Security, Security and rule of Law
  • Vietnam – Sustainable Integrated Water Resource System
  • Yemen – Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Zambia – Water, energy and climate change, Food and Nutrition security


To apply, you must select your preferred course and then contact the education institution which will be hosting your course and ask how to apply for the scholarship. Follow the procedure below

  • First, find a short course or master’s degree programme from the programme website
  • You must then contact Dutch higher education institution offering and request for the following information:
    1. Inquire about the the course content and make sure it fits your preferred profile
    2. You should check for the scholarship application deadline as this may differ per Dutch institution
    3. Get a full over view of the scholarship application and selection procedures
    4. Request information on how to submit your online application form and the required application documents.
  • Upon recipient of all the relevant information, you must then submit your application and the supporting documents

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit the official website here

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