Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarship 2019 in Netherlands (Fully Funded)

Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, has developed a new scholarship programme called the Orange Knowledge Programme. This programme merges the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) and NICHE into a single integrated approach. One component of the programme is the availability of individual scholarships for professionals.

One of the instruments offered by the Orange Knowledge Programme are the individual scholarships, which are open to mid-career professionals who are nationals of -and living and working in the following countries:

We emphasise that these scholarships are also open for applicants from francophone countries.
Scholarships are available for a selection of:
  • short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
  • master's programmes (duration 12 – 24 months).
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Eligible courses:
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.
How to Apply:
The application process for a scholarship is handled by the Dutch education institution. For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please read:
OKP information for applicants(41 kB)
Please note that there are focus areas for each country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed. Applications that fall within the focus areas for a specific country are given priority:

Country focus document Orange Knowledge Programme (220 KB)
Dates and deadlines
  • There are 3 application rounds for individual scholarships in 2019. The next application round will open on 7 February. Provisional opening for other application rounds will be 6 June 2019 and 5 September 2019.
  • For the next application round in February, there will be extra budget for Masters and Short courses for applicants of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria and Niger.
  • Application deadlines vary per institution. After selecting a course, you need to contact the Dutch institution directly for more information about the application deadline.
The procedure is as follows:
  • Candidates register
  • Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application
  • Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
  • Selection results published
  • 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 www.studyfinder.nl

Vary per Institution

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1. Maastricht University 

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) promotes capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing training and education scholarships through fellowships for professionals. OKP has replaced the NFP and is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.
Please note: the OKP programme is under development. The programme is currently only accepting applications for master’s programmes starting September 2019. Updates will be posted on this page whenever new information is available.
Read more about the Orange Knowledge Programme here.

A OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during your study period in the Netherlands. The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research. If applicable, the scholarship holder is expected to cover the difference between the actual costs and the amount of the personal OKP scholarship amount.
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.

For whom?

You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the Orange Knowledge to be eligible for a scholarship.
  • You must be a professional and national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the OKP country list. The list can be found on the website 
  • You must not be employed by an organisation which can be expected to have their own funds for staff development. Organisations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example: multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft), large national and/or a large commercial organisations, bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB), international NGOs (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care);
  • You must have a current employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement;
  • You must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable);
  • You must have an official passport valid at least three months after the submission date of the registration form by the candidate;
  • You must not be nominated for more than one OKP scholarship for courses that take place at the same time.

How to Apply:

  • Step 1: If you want to apply for an OKP scholarship for a short course or master’s degree programme in the Netherlands, you need to first find a course that is eligible for the scholarship. You can find the eligible courses in the Studyfinder study programmes database, specifying in the search criteria: ‘OKP qualified'.
  • Step 2: Before you apply, make sure you review the eligibility criteria above carefully and check whether your employer is willing to nominate you for the scholarship. When you are certain that you are eligible for a OKP scholarship, you can start making the necessary preparations for your application.
  • Step 3: Please apply for the Maastricht University master’s degree programme of your choice via the Admission & registration instructions available on the degree programme page.
  • Step 4: Apply submit your OKP application here (opens 1 February 2019). Please be prepared to provide the following details and documents:
    • In the application you need to provide your personal details, indicate which short course or master’s degree programme you want to register for, and provide a motivational statement. You will also need to upload:
      • a copy of a valid passport; 
      • a statement from your employer;
      • a statement from your government (if applicable for your country). 
Your application must be complete with all the required documentation according to the required formats. Applications that are not submitted according to the required process and format will not be accepted.

Scholarship selection process
  • UM Faculties make nomination decision
  • UM Scholarship Office nominates candidates
  • Embassy checks eligibility and assesses applications
  • Nuffic selects awardees
  • UM Scholarship Office communicates award results to nominees

About the eligibility check
  • If your application meets all the course admission requirements and the OKP eligibility criteria, you can be nominated by the Dutch institution for a scholarship. If your application is nominated by a Dutch institution; the steps are as follows:
  • The Dutch institution will submit a grant request to Nuffic requesting funding for eligible applications.
  • The Netherlands Embassy will check the applications on their eligibility, and will assess the applications based on the eligibility criteria and the Embassy country focus areas.
  • Only eligible applications will be taken in to further consideration. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected.
  • The selection will be determined by the available deadline budget, the number of applicants and the quality and suitability of the applications.
  • The scholarships are awarded in a competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.
Candidates whom have been nominated will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the Dutch institution.

After the selection You will be informed about the outcome of the selection by email. If your application is successful, the UM Scholarship Office will contact you by email to make all necessary (logistical) arrangements. The UM Scholarship Office will make payments to you for the duration of your scholarship.

The application for the master courses starting in September 2019 opens in February 2019.

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