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Orange Knowledge Programme for Developing Countries in Netherlands, 2018

The Erasmus University Rotterdam is seeking applicants for Orange Knowledge Programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. The programme is open to developing countries applicants.

The aim of the programme is to aid the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of individuals as well as institutions in the field of higher and vocational education.



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Erasmus University Rotterdam is a public university located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Erasmus MC is the largest and one of the foremost academic medical centres and trauma centres in the Netherlands.


  • Application deadline: The provisional opening date for the next application round for 2019 is 5 September 2019.
  • Course Level: The fellowship is available to pursue the following programme:
  1. Urban Management and Development (UMD)
  2. Month course on Urban Management and Development Theory (UMDT)
  3. Week Course on Developing Social Housing Projects (DSHP)
  • Study Subject: The fellowship is awarded in the field of management.
  • Award: The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is a Dutch scholarships programme from Nuffic, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.
  • Nationality: In the first OKP round there were 28 developing countries eligible for this programme.
  • Number of Awards: Not given
  • The award can be taken in the Netherlands


  • Eligible Countries:  Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be a professional and national of, and working and living in one of the countries on the OKP country list.
  2. Have an employer’s statement that complies with a prescribed format. All information must be provided and all commitments that are included in the format must be endorsed in the statement. (You will not be eligible for the fellowship if you fail to submit this document)
  3. Not be employed by an organization that has its own means of staff-development. Organizations that are considered to have their own means for staff development are for example:multinational corporations (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft), large national and/or a large commercial organisations, bilateral donor organisations (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid), multilateral donor organisations, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB), international NGO’s (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  4. Must have an official and valid passport
  5. Must not receive more than one fellowship for courses that take place at the same time
  6. Must have an NFP government statement that meets the requirements of the country in which the employer is established
  •  English Language Requirements: Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction of the host university.

Master Award

Application Procedure:

  • Applicants should first apply for the IHS academic course via IHS Online Application Form and receive your academic admission offer.

How to Apply:

  • Applicants should first apply for the IHS academic course and then they will be invited by IHS to apply for the OKP fellowship. An invitation email with detailed instructions will be sent to them.

There are 3 application rounds for individual opportunitys every year. Application rounds usually open in February, June and September. Application deadlines are respectively around April, August and November. The deadlines vary per institution.

Online Application

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