The OKP scholarships are designed to provide support to individuals pursuing education and training opportunities in the Netherlands. The program aims to empower and enrich participants’ knowledge and skills, enabling them to make a positive impact upon their return to their home countries.
The application window for the scholarship is upon us, scheduled to open from June 28th to September 5th at 16:00 CET. Thus, if you’re interested, it is important to arm yourself with the application process.
About the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Scholarship
The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarships present opportunities for international students to study under the financial backing of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These scholarships are made available for specific types of study programs:
- Short Courses:
- Round 1: Duration ranges from 2 weeks to 12 months
- Round 2: Duration spans from 2 weeks to 7 months
- Master’s Programs:
- The duration of these programs extends from 12 to 24 months
Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Vietnam, Yemen.
Please note that this list is subject to change, and you should verify the current list of participating countries for the latest information.
Focus Themes of the Scholarship
The OKP scholarships have an enhanced focus on study programs related to the following themes:
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
- Security and the Rule of Law
- Food and Nutrition Security
- Water Management
While applications within these themes will be prioritized, applications in other fields are still welcomed. Therefore, ensure that your chosen study program aligns with the Country Focus Document for your country.
To be eligible for an OKP scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Motivated individuals
- Residing and working in an OKP country
- Proficiency in English or French
- Employed in one of the priority areas of their country
- Ability to apply and transfer gained knowledge and experience to their employing organization after studies
- Agreement with the latest Obligations and Conditions
Proficiency in English or French is essential to follow classes in the Netherlands effectively. However, specific language requirements and accepted certificates may vary depending on the educational institution you plan to attend. It’s important to check the language requirements of the institution offering your chosen study program.
To determine if your field of experience is eligible for funding, consult the Country Focus Document for your country. This document provides detailed information about the focus areas, eligibility criteria, and specific requirements for applicants from your country.
Documents Needed for the OKP Scholarship
Employer Statement: You will need an employer statement signed by both you and your employer. This statement demonstrates your employer’s support for your application and confirms your commitment to sharing the knowledge and experience gained in the Netherlands upon your return. The OKP focuses on strengthening organizations through empowered individuals.
Government Statement (For Civil Servants): If you are a civil servant, you may be required to provide a government statement. This statement certifies your government’s endorsement of your OKP application. Verify whether your local government mandates a government statement.
Other Requirements: The educational institution you choose will provide information about specific requirements for your application. Notably, the scholarship is intended for working professionals, and applications from students will not be considered. When applying, you need to showcase:
- Alignment with your country’s OKP focus themes
- How the courses will enhance both you and your employing organization
- Your plan for utilizing newly acquired knowledge and experience within your organization post-study
How to Apply for the OKP Scholarship
Follow these steps to apply for the OKP scholarship:
- Confirm if your application aligns with the OKP focus areas for your country.
- Ensure you meet the OKP eligibility criteria.
- Find a suitable course from the OKP course list using the filter ‘Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)’.
- Seek your employer’s nomination for the OKP scholarship.
- Contact your chosen Dutch education institution for detailed information about the application process, academic prerequisites, and the online application link.
- Prepare your application documents, including the employer statement, motivation letter, passport, and government statement (if needed).
- During an application round, submit your application online using the link provided by the Dutch education institution. Note the application deadline specified by the institution.
Remember, you cannot apply directly on the OKP website. Instead, you apply through the chosen Dutch education institution.
Application deadline for the OKP scholarship
Upcoming Application Round (Round 2) for 2023:
- Applications can be submitted between 28 June – 5 September at 16.00 CET.
- These applications are for courses that are scheduled to start after 1 February 2024.
- All short courses must be completed by 31 August 2024, and master’s programs must be completed by 31 January 2025 (with the exception of co-financed master’s programs).
Deadlines per Institution:
- Keep in mind that educational institutions may set their own application deadlines. It’s crucial to consult your chosen educational institution to determine the exact application deadlines.
The selection procedure for the OKP scholarships involves the following steps:
- Candidate Registration:
- Candidates register with their chosen Dutch education institution.
- Nomination and Grant Application:
- The Dutch education institution nominates candidates and submits grant applications on their behalf.
- Eligibility Check and Application Assessment:
- Embassies review eligibility and assess the submitted applications.
- Announcement of Selection Results:
- Selection results become available for Dutch education institutions.
- Grant Award:
- Grants are awarded through Dutch education institutions to successful candidates.
- Notification of Results:
- Results of applications are typically announced 3 to 4 months after the application deadline.
- The Dutch education institution through which you applied for the scholarship will contact you to communicate the outcome of your application.
It’s important to stay in touch with your chosen Dutch education institution throughout the application process and to follow their guidance regarding deadlines and procedures. Keep track of the timeline to ensure that you are well-prepared for each step of the process. Successful applicants will be informed of the scholarship results by the institution, paving the way for a valuable educational opportunity under the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP Scholarships).