Orange Knowledge Program

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries. The programme is the successor of the NICHE and NFP programmes.

How can you apply?

You cannot apply online on this website. You need to first select a course and then contact the education institution of your course and ask how to apply for the scholarship. You can find a list of courses and institutions that are linked to the Orange Knowledge Programme in Studyfinder, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.

Which courses are available?

Scholarships are available for a selection of:

  1. short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months)
  2. master’s programmes (duration 12 – 24 months)

All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship for this application round are listed in Studyfinder. Please search in Studyfinder, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.

What are the deadlines?

There are 3 application rounds for individual scholarships every year. These rounds usually open in February, June and September. The application round in September is only for short courses. The deadlines vary per institution.

Current application round

The current application round opened on 5 September 2019. This application round is for short courses starting between 23 February 2020 and 27 July 2020.

After selecting a course, you need to contact the Dutch institution directly for more information about the application deadline.

What is the selection procedure?

The procedure is as follows:

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

The Dutch institution can give you more information on the various steps involved in the application and selection procedures, as well as the eligibility criteria. You can find contact information for the Dutch institutions on

Please see the official website for more information.