Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) 100% MBA Scholarships - CLOSED for 2021

The Orange Knowledge Programme is a € 195 m Dutch global development and scholarships 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% scholarship that funds the full tuition fee and associated costs of the Business School Netherlands International Action Learning MBA programme. The International Action Learning MBA is a blended learning degree that is offered online and includes 2 campus visits to the Netherlands of 9 days each. The OKP scholarships do not fund full-time on-campus programmes. 


Please note that applications for the OKP Scholarship programme are currently closed. BSN is awaiting confirmation from Nuffic regarding the application dates for the next round. Check back with us in late Q4 of 2021 or follow our social media pages for updates on application dates for OKP. 

For more scholarship opportunities, please consider our Business School Netherlands partial scholarships for the MBA programmes.


Who can Apply?

  • Managers, trainee managers, team leaders, supervisors or owners of small to medium-sized businesses currently in employment.
  • Applicants must be nationals 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, but applicants from other industries and sectors may also be awarded the scholarships.
  • 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:
      1. – multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft),
      1. – large national and/or large commercial organisations,
      1. – bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid),
      1. – donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB),
      1. – international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • Applicants must have an official passport which is valid for at least 6 months after the programme start date. This requirement is non-negotiable as the programme involves 2 campus visits to the Netherlands.
  • 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.
  • Please check which industries are eligible for funding for your country
  • Although Nuffic has set focus industries and sectors for each OKP-eligible country, applications will not be limited to these focus areas. You may still apply even if you work in a non-focus industry/sector.


How to apply?

The OKP scholarships are provided for the Business School Netherlands International Action Learning MBA programme.

  • Step 1:  Check that you meet all the admission requirements for the Business School Netherlands International Action Learning MBA
  • Step 2: Check that you meet the requirements of the Orange Knowledge Programme Scholarships (check the “Who can apply?” section for the full list) and fill in the contact request form on the right hand side of the page.
  • Step 3: Complete the MBA application form and all relevant OKP application documents and statements, which BSN will provide for you.
  • Step 4: Be accepted for the MBA programme, after which you will register on the Nuffic Delta platform



BSN offers applicants the possibility of selecting optional majors with their International Action Learning MBA. Food Security, Water Management and Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights are considered priority areas for the Orange Knowledge Programme scholarships.

Major in Food Security
The Food Security major will be delivered in co-operation with Agribusiness Academy. The Major focus on the 21st-century food eco-system 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.

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

Major in Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights
This Major focuses on sexual health issues and gender-based reproductive rights within communities. Students of this major will gain insights in the management and implementation of strategies to advance sexual health and reproductive rights.

In order to qualify for the Major endorsement on the MBA scholarship degree, the following conditions for the student apply:

  • Must have attended the respective Masterclass, i.e. Food Security or Water Management;
  • Must have passed the assignment ‘Personal Effectiveness Paper’ related to the respective Major;
  • Must have incorporated the Major subject as the leading theme of ALP 1, 2, 3 as well as the Dissertation;
  • If applicable, is active in the respective field of business.
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