The orange Knowledge Program aims goal is to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. This scholarship is actually open to mid-career professionals that are in some specific country.
About this scholarship
The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) offers a scholarship that is usually funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is usually available for selection for the following:
- Short courses (with a duration of 2 weeks to 12 month)
- Masters program (with a duration of 12 to 24 month)
Applicants may actually be eligible for this scholarship if they are a national of and working in any of the following countries:
Requirement for the Orange Knowledge Program
This scholarship is usually given to both male and female professionals that have the following requirements:
- Applicant must be passionate and motivated.
- Applicant must be living and working in an OKP country.
- Applicant must be proficient both in French and English
- Applicants must already be working in one of the priority areas for their country.
- Applicants can actually motivate using and transferring their knowledge and experience in their employing organizations after their studies.
- Applicants must agree to the terms and conditions of this scholarship.
Applicants will need English or French language skills to actually follow classes in Netherland. This implies that applicants will have to show language certificate skills that will defer per education institution.
Priority Themes Per Country
The main priority areas for this scholarship are as stated below:
- Se**ual and reproductive health and rights
- Security and rules of law
- Food and nutrition security
- Water management
These are actually the focus areas for each country. Please keep in mind that these focus areas alongside the aforementioned countries are actually subject to change. Only the applicants that fall within the focus areas of your country of employment are actually eligible.
To know if your field of experience is actually eligible for funding, you can as well check their official website.
Applicants will need an employer statement that is usually signed by their employer and themselves. This shows the scholarship body that your employers actually support your application. And that you are capable of sharing both the knowledge and experience that you will gain in Netherland once you get back to your home country.
This is usually required because the OKP is very much focused on strengthening organizations by making sure they strengthen people.
If you are actually a civil servant, it might be necessary to sign a government statement. This actually certifies your government for your orange knowledge program application.
You have to check their official site to know if your local government actually requires a government statement.
The education institution will actually inform you on the requirement that you will need for your application. As this scholarship is actually for working professionals, applications from students will not actually be taken into consideration. In other to move ahead and apply for one of the courses you must motivate to do the following:
- To actually work within the priority themes for your country as it is mentioned above.
- How the courses will help in strengthening both you and the organizations that you actually work for.
- How you will use your newly gained knowledge and experience in your organization after you are done studying.
How to apply for Orange Knowledge Program
To apply for this scholarship, you have to follow the following steps. You can as well apply through the Dutch education institution of your choice.
However, before applying, you have to check for the following:
- Check if your application actually falls within the OKP focus areas that will be determined by your home country.
- Check if you actually meet the eligibility criteria of OKP
- If a course on the OKP list.
- Be sure to ask your employer whether they are willing to actually nominate you for an OKP scholarship.
- Contact the Dutch education institution of your choice to obtain more information about your application procedure, the academic requirements and the link that will help you to apply.
Prepare your application; the following document should actually be made ready:
- An online application form
- Letter of Motivation
- Approved Recommendation letter
- Proof of language proficiency, this should either be in English or French
- School certificate and also their translation in the language of the selected study program.
- Transcripts recorded and their translation in the language of the selected study program
- Medical certificate
- Copy of identification document
- An acceptance of statement for application.
- Government statement
- Employer statements.
Keep in mind that during an application round, you will submit your application online using the link that you will receive from the Dutch education institution. Please be aware of the application deadline of the educational institution of your choice.
When it comes to deadlines, you can only apply for a scholarship during an open application round.
The following are the rounds that are actually expected for 2022:
Round 1: For masters and short courses
Applications will be accepted between 2nd of February through to 22nd of March
Both master’s and short courses will start between 25th July and 21 of November 2022.
Round 2: For short courses
Application for this program will be from 11 May through to 28th of June.
Courses will start between the 21st of November 2022 and the 20th of February 2023.
Please keep in mind that the educational institutions may actually set a shorter deadline for each program. this implies that, we will admonish you to consult your educational institutions for the exact deadlines.
The results of each application are usually announced 3 to 4 months after the applicants must have submitted their applications. The Dutch education institution through which you applied for the scholarship will reach out to you and inform you on the results of your applications.