Saturday, February 8, 2020

[Master Degree and Short Course] Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarship 2020 at Maastricht University, Netherlands (Fully Funded)

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 programme is currently only accepting applications for master’s programmes and the short course Evidence-based Policy Research Methods starting September 2020.

Read more about the Orange Knowledge Programme here.
Read more about the Evidence-based Policy Research Methods here.


An 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 updated information about the amount of the scholarship as provided by Nuffic can be found on their website. 

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 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 an 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 by submitting your OKP application (application form will be opened in February 2020). 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.

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