Study in Netherlands: Orange Knowledge Programme – Applications Closed for 2024, But Prepare for the Future!

While the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) for 2024 is no longer accepting applications, understanding this prestigious scholarship opportunity can be invaluable for future years. This blog post serves as a comprehensive guide to the OKP, exploring its details and preparing you for potential application rounds in 2025 and beyond.

What is the Orange Knowledge Programme?

Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the OKP aims to contribute to sustainable and inclusive development in select countries by offering fully-funded scholarships for mid-career professionals. It fosters knowledge exchange and capacity building through Master’s and short courses at participating Dutch universities and institutions.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility for the OKP varies depending on the specific call for applications. Generally, it targets mid-career professionals from eligible countries (a list is available on the official website) with:

  • Minimum 2-5 years of relevant work experience
  • Strong academic background
  • Demonstrated commitment to development in their home country
  • Alignment with the programme’s priority themes

Priority Themes:

The OKP focuses on specific themes deemed crucial for development in partner countries. These may include:

  • Climate change and water management
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • Rule of law and human rights
  • Public health and disease prevention
  • Gender equality and social inclusion

What does the scholarship cover?

The OKP is a comprehensive scholarship, covering:

  • Tuition fees
  • Living expenses
  • Travel costs
  • Visa and residence permit
  • Health insurance

How to apply (for future rounds):

While applications for 2024 are closed, familiarizing yourself with the process is crucial. Here’s a general overview:

  1. Check your eligibility: Review the country list and specific requirements for the chosen year.
  2. Select a course: Browse the “Studyfinder” tool on the Nuffic website ( to filter for “OKP-qualified” courses.
  3. Contact the institution: Reach out to the university or institution offering your chosen course to inquire about their application process for the OKP scholarship.
  4. Prepare your application: Carefully gather required documents, including transcripts, recommendation letters, and a convincing motivation letter highlighting your career goals and alignment with development themes.
  5. Submit your application: Meet the institution’s deadline and follow their specific instructions.

Important Tips:

  • Start early: Research and plan well in advance. Gather documents and prepare your application materials before the call for applications opens.
  • Network: Connect with alumni, program managers, and experts in your field to gain insights and potential recommendations.
  • Tailor your application: Align your chosen course and motivation letter with the program’s themes and your home country’s needs.
  • Highlight your impact: Demonstrate how your studies will contribute to positive change in your community and profession.


While the 2024 application window has closed, the Orange Knowledge Programme remains a valuable opportunity for mid-career professionals seeking to further their education and contribute to development in their home countries. By understanding the program’s details and eligibility criteria, you can start preparing for future application rounds and pursue your academic dreams in the Netherlands.

Additional Resources:

  • Official Orange Knowledge Programme website:
  • Nuffic Orange Knowledge Programme page:
  • Studyfinder tool for OKP-qualified courses:
  • List of eligible countries: [[invalid URL removed]]([invalid URL removed])

Remember, even though applications are closed for 2024, don’t let that discourage you! Use this time to research, plan, and prepare for future opportunities. Your journey to studying in the Netherlands with the Orange Knowledge Programme could be just around the corner.