Orange Knowledge Programme focusing on Food and Nutrition Security, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Deadline: 30-Mar-23

Applications are now open for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP), which contributes to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is offering scholarships funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs available for a selection of:

short courses (round 1: duration 2 weeks to 12 months; round 2: duraiton 2 weeks to 7 months);
master’s programmes (duration 12 to 24 months).

Aim of OKP
The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals as well as organisations in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education and in other fields related to priority themes in the OKP partner countries.

The scholarships are awarded in a very competitive selection to highly motivated professionals who are in a position to introduce the newly-acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation.

Priority Theme
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

Duration of the Scholarship
The scholarship is only intended for the duration of the short course or the first academic year of the Master’s programme for which the scholarship holder has been selected.

The scholarship has the duration of the nominal study period (from start to end date) of the course or programme for which the scholarship holder was selected up to a maximum of 1 academic year.

The Dutch institution may grant a reimbursement for margin days with a maximum duration of 3 days before or after the end date of study (nominal study period) for scholarships for Short Courses.
A reimbursement for margin days comprises of the fixed fees for subsistence allowance, the insurance fee and additional housing (if applicable) times the amount of days which are approved for as margin days.

Extension of the scholarship is not possible.

You need English or French language skills to follow classes in the Netherlands. Demands for certificates showing language skills differ per education institution.

Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria
An OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period. The scholarship is a contribution towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc. You have to cover any difference between the OKP scholarship amount and the actual costs yourself.

You must meet a number of criteria that support the aim of the OKP to be eligible for a scholarship.

The criteria for scholarship applicant are as follows:
The scholarship applicant works for one of the following types of national and/or local organisations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs. The scholarship applicant may not work for:a bilateral or multilateral organisation;a non-governmental organisation that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights

The scholarship applicant is a professional who, in light of his/her (1) role, (2) multiple years of relevant work experience and (3) networks within a theme relevant to local development, is in a position or through his/her employer could be put in a position to apply what he/she has learned in practice.
The scholarship applicant holds the nationality of and is resident and working in one of the countries on the OKP Country.

The scholarship applicant holds a valid identity document.

The scholarship applicant has been admitted to the course or programme for which he/she wishes an OKP scholarship.
The scholarship applicant demonstrates that the requested co-funding percentage is available to fund the study.

The employer of the scholarship applicant supports the scholarship application through a positive reference, declares that it will continue to pay the salary of the scholarship recipient during the programme and after his/her return will give the scholarship recipient an opportunity to apply what he/she has learned in practice.


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