Dutch Government Scholarship (OKP) goes on hold in 2022

Established in 2017, the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) was designed as an integrated 5-year continuation of its predecessors, the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) and NICHE. These large-scale programmes were funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and have provided funding for strengthening higher education as well as individual scholarships to thousands of talented students to further their higher education in the Netherlands. Nuffic, the Dutch expertise center on internationalization of education, reports that between 2010 and 2017, the NFP programme had awarded 11,586 individual scholarships to masters’, short courses and PhDs, (Nuffic, 2017). IHS has had the pleasure to welcome 628 students in total from over 44 different countries.

Final Year – Final Chance

Unfortunately, the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) has reached the end of its 5-year planning, making this spring deadline (Feb 28, 2021) the last chance for students to apply for the scholarship. Since we don’t know what shape the programme might take on in the future, we wanted to share this final opportunity and urge you to make use of it and apply for our eligible courses:


MSc in Urban Management & Development

MSc in Public Administration

Short courses

IHS NFP/OKP alumni who have completed courses different from the ones listed above are welcome to apply for the programme.

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Webinar

On 20 Jan, 14:00 CET, IHS is hosting a webinar to explain more about the OKP scholarship programme, the eligible courses as well as the application process. You can sign up here.

Country List and Priorities

Additionally, the programme focus country list and their priorities have changed significantly for the final year of the programme. The most recent document provided by the Dutch government, which contains useful information on the specific country focuses can be found here, under the section "Downloads".

Application Procedure

All candidates interested in the short professional development courses and the Master tracks need to submit their applications by 28 Feb via our Online Application Centre. To find out more about the eligible courses and application procedure the IHS Orange Knowledge Programme page.

We kindly invite you to share this news with anyone in your network who might be interested!

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