Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Scholarships

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The Orange Knowledge Programme is a € 200 m Dutch global development and scholarship programme, available in 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation that funds education for development.

The OKP scholarship is a 100% full scholarship that funds the full tuition fee and associated costs of the Business School Netherlands International Action Learning MBA, and Masterclasses in Food Security or Water Management.

Deadlines – 2023 (As per Nuffic)

  • Round 1:
    • Applications and Delta Registration (students): 8 February – 30 March 16.00 CEST
    • Grant letters sent out: 8 June 2023
  • Round 2: 
    • Applications and Delta Registration (students): 28 June – 5 September 16.00 CEST
    • Grant letters sent out: 6 November 2023


The following countries are eligible to apply in the Nuffic OKP scholarship rounds:

Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Indonesia, 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




Who can Apply?

  • Managers, trainee managers, team leaders, supervisors, or owners of small to medium-sized businesses currently in employment. Applicants must be working in a food security/agricultural role to qualify for the Masterclass in Food Security, or a water management role to qualify for the Masterclass in Water Management
  • You must be a national of, and working in one of the designated countries. Preference will be given to applicants who work in one of the focus areas for their country
  • You must NOT be employed by an organisation that has its own means of staff development or training. Organisations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:
      – international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
      – donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
      – bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
      – large national and/or large commercial organisations,
      – multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
  • Applicants must not be currently studying via another scholarship for courses that take place at the same time.
  • Applicants must have a government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established (if applicable, BSN will provide the template for the government statement).
  • Only the individual applicant can apply for funding.
  • The training must occur within the context of the organisation within which the applicant is employed.
  • The training must be seen to help the organisation in its developmental strategies.


Priority Themes per Country

The main priority areas of the Orange Knowledge Programme are;

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Security and Rule of Law
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Water Management
  • Private Sector Development

There are focus areas for each country. Please note that these focus areas, as well as the list of countries, are subject to change. Only applications that fall within the focus area of your country of employment are eligible.


Additional Requirements

As this scholarship is for working professionals, applications from students will not be taken into consideration. In order to apply for one of the courses you must motivate:

  • That you work within the priority themes for your country as mentioned above;
  • How the courses will strengthen both you and the organisation you work for;
  • How you will use your newly gained knowledge and experience in your organisation after your study

A copy of the Employer Statement and Government Statement (if required by your country) will be provided for you to complete to meet the above requirements.


How to Apply?

Step 1: Click the Apply Now button for the programme you are interested in. You may only apply for ONE scholarship. 

Step 2: BSN will email you the template for the mandatory Employer Statement. Depending on your country’s requirements, you may also be required to complete a Government Statement. 

Step 3: Once your application is processed and approved by BSN, you will receive an acceptance letter which will allow you to register on the Nuffic Delta platform. You must register before 30 March 16:00 CEST

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances  

Masterclasses – Find out more about the programmes here

The areas of food security, agriculture, and water management are considered priority areas for the Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships. 

Masterclass in Food Security
The Food Security Masterclass will be delivered in co-operation with Agribusiness Academy. The Masterclass focuses on the 21st-century food ecosystem and the challenges it is facing because of changing supply and demand dynamics. Students will also learn how to adapt a business model to the increased trends in digitisation.

farmland tractor

Masterclass in Water Management
This Masterclass will provide you with a general introduction to the topic of water management. The Masterclass focuses predominantly on the management of the provision of drinking water and water for the purposes of agriculture and urban development.

water in a dam

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