Netherlands government scholarship Orange Knowledge Programme 2021


About this scholarship

Holland Government Scholarship 2021 is a Fully Funded Scholarship in Europe. The Holland Scholarship 2021 will cover all expenses of the shortlisted candidates. It is a great opportunity for international students to study in Europe for free. The Orange Knowledge Program was previously known as the Dutch Fellowship Program (NFP). The selected students will study Masters, MBA, MSc / MSc MPhil, or short courses at one of the best universities in the Netherlands.

The aim of the OKP scholarship program is to support an individual’s knowledge, ability and work experience in technical and vocational education as well as in higher education according to the OKP field. This scholarship will be awarded to highly motivated, intermediate and motivated professionals with sufficient knowledge and skills acquired in their recruitment organization. Applications for the Netherlands Government Scholarship for the first round 2021 are now open in the best universities of the Netherlands. Scholarship holders will be able to conduct comprehensive and sustainable development programs in their countries.


  • Host country: The Netherlands
  • Host universities: Best universities in the Netherlands by field.
  • Funded by: The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Level of study: Master’s program – short courses
  • Duration of study:
    • Short Courses (2 weeks to 12 months)
    • Masters Scholarships (12-24 months)

All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship are listed in our database of study programmes. Please find a study, using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’.

Funding provided in the Scholarships

  • Cost of living
  • study fees
  • Free visa
  • Free round-trip air tickets
  • Free health insurance

Available majors

  1. Agriculture and the environment
  2. Economics, trade, management and accounting
  3. engineering
  4. General programs
  5. Healthcare, social services and welfare services
  6. Hotels, restaurants, tourism, entertainment, transport and logistics
  7. Humanities, social sciences, communications, and the arts
  8. Law, public administration, public order and safety
  9. Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Computer Science
  10. Teacher training

Conditions for submission

Who can apply

The Orange Knowledge Programme individual scholarships are open to mid-career professionals, who are nationals of – and living and working in – the following countries:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.

  • The candidate must have experience in his or her field of interest, networks, or work on a related topic.
  • The candidate must be a citizen of the above-mentioned countries.
  • The candidate must have valid required documents.
  • The candidate must be enrolled in a course in which he wishes to apply to OKP.
  • If the local government requests a letter on the application form, applicants must submit a government statement.
  • The employer must write a letter that they will continue to give you the required salary for the duration of the program. (OKP gives you enough money so that you don’t get any monthly payments from your employer, it shouldn’t be a problem for you)

How to apply

You cannot apply online on this website. You need to first select a course and then contact the education institution of your course and ask how to apply for the scholarship.

You can find a list of courses and institutions that are linked to the Orange Knowledge Programme in our database of study programmes using the filter ‘OKP qualified – Yes’. You can also find contact details of the institutions there.


The 3 expected candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:

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

Please note that the above deadlines are subject to change until officially announced in the Government Gazette.

Selection procedure

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Candidates register with their Dutch education institution
  2. Dutch institution nominates candidates and submits grant application
  3. Embassies check eligibility and assess applications
  4. Selection results published
  5. 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 in our database of study programmes.