The Netherlands Orange Knowledge scholarship Program 2021|apply now

The Netherlands orange Knowledge Scholarship program 2021 is currently ongoing. The program aims at promoting capacity building in organizations and professionals using trainings and scholarships and this is done among 52 countries. The scholarship is financed by the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs

 The programme is currently only accepting applications for one year master programmes which is starting September 2021 and the short course Evidence-based Policy Research Methods also starting September 2021.

About the Netherlands orange knowledge scholarship program 2021

Study in Holland (is a province in Netherlands) is an initiative of Nuffic which also is the Dutch organization for internationalization in education and an independent, non-profit organization based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Nuffic aims to promote and inform students about Dutch higher education, research and professional education in the Netherlands and abroad, and helps improve access to higher education worldwide.

Application rounds scholarships/ Duration

The 3 candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:

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

How to Apply/ Application Procedure

It is important to read thoroughly about the application process on the Program Webpage before applying.

 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 study finder study programmes database, specifying in the search criteria: ‘OKP qualified’.

 Before you apply, study 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.

 Please apply for the Maastricht University master’s degree programme of your choice via the Admission & registration instructions available on the degree programme page.

 Apply by submitting your OKP application. For the master you can register via this application form (this link will be uploaded when the registration is open). For the Short Course you can register via this application form this link will be uploaded when the registration is open. Please be prepared to provide the following details and documents:

  • 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.

Eligibility status of the Netherlands orange knowledge scholarship program.

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 and this includes. Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin , Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia Cuba, , DR Congo, Egypt Ethiopia Ghana Georgia, Guatemala India, Indonesia Kenya  Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia Macedonia, Mali, Mozambique Myanmar Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories Peru, Philippines, Rwanda Senegal, Sierra Leone Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Africa South Sudan, Sri Lanka Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania Uganda Thailand, Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe. 
  • You must not be employed by an organization which can be expected to have their own funds for staff development. Organizations 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 organizations, bilateral donor organizations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), multilateral donor organizations, (e.g. a UN organization, 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.

Amount of the Netherlands orange knowledge scholarship program

  • Living expenses: € 970* per month Paid to students by the UM International Services Desk.
  • Health & liability insurance: € 40, per month Arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk.
  • Visa application costs: € 174, Arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk.
  • Tuition fees: € 13,800; € 15,500 or € 16,800, depending on the tuition of your study programme, Arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk.
  • Travel costs: Between € 750 and € 1.800, depending on the country you are travelling from, Arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk.
  • Study materials: € 585, arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk. check out this related post 99+ International Scholarships for African Students 2021

Selection process

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 organization.

 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. The Dutch institution will submit a grant request to Nuffic requesting funding for eligible applications.

Then the Embassy of The Netherlands 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.

 Nuffic selects awardees. The selection will be ascertain 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 organization.

 Candidates whom have been nominated will be informed of the outcome of the selection by the UM International Services Desk in September 2021. They will contact you by email to make all necessary (logistical) arrangements. In addition, they will make payments to you for the duration of your scholarship.

Expenses covered

As an education institution you get a fixed reimbursement, which includes visa, travel and insurance costs, study materials and a handling fee. It also includes 95% of tuition fees for each selected student. You cover the remaining 5% of the tuition fee yourself.

The default end date for study programmes participating in the Orange Knowledge Programme is 31 August 2022. For master’s programmes that have a duration beyond 31 August 2022, expenses are covered for 1 academic year.

Institutions may offer master’s programmes that continue after this date if they:

  • declare to meet the reporting deadlines, 
  • Offer a co-financed scholarship for the remaining part of the study period (in case of a master’s programme with a duration of more than 1 year).
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