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NFP 2021-2022 Orange Knowledge Programme - Netherlands

On 1 July 2017 the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) entered a new phase as a new programme under the name Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). OKP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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About Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is a 5-year programme that aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) offer fellowships to professionals who are nationals of and work and live in an NFP country. The overall aim is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.... read more


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NFP Orange Knowledge Programme


Aim and Benefits of NFP Orange Knowledge Programme

 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. 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. 


Requirements for NFP Orange Knowledge Programme Qualification

• The scholarship applicant works 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 scholarship applicant may not work for: o a bilateral or multilateral organisation; o a non-governmental organisation that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights.0F 1

• The scholarship applicant is 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.

• The scholarship applicant holds the nationality of and is resident and working in one of the countries on the OKP Country list (see the document ‘Country List for Short courses and Masters - OKP’ on www.studyinholland.nl/okp )

The scholarship applicant holds a valid identity document.

• The scholarship applicant has been admitted to the course or programme for which he/she wishes an OKP scholarship.

• The scholarship applicant has provided a government statement with the scholarship application, if this is required by the local government (see the document ‘government statement requirement’ on www.studyinholland.nl/okp ). • The scholarship applicant demonstrates that the requested co-funding percentage is available to fund the study.

• The employer of the scholarship applicant supports the scholarship application through a positive reference, declares 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.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for NFP Orange Knowledge Programme

The 3 expected candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:

  • Round 1: 3 February-23 March 2021 (for courses starting between 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)

Please note that the above deadlines are subject to change until officially announced in the Government Gazette


Application Deadline

October 12, 2021


How to 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.

For more details,visit Orange Knowledge Programme website 



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