Scholarship Information

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation has no funds to financially support participants to take part in one of the courses. Fortunately, different sources provide scholarships for postgraduates.

The most common ones are the Orange Knowledge Programme, MENA Scholarship Programme and StuNed.

Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is a 5-year programme aiming to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education. The programme is organised by Nuffic and offers individual scholarships, alumni activities, tailor-made trainings (TMT) for group and institutional partnerships between education institutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and higher education, in fields related to the priority themes of the Dutch government:

  • Food and nutrition security
  • Water
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Security and the rule of law
  • Energy and climate

Individual scholarship

An Orange Knowledge scholarship is a contribution towards your participation in one of our short courses, such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance etc. Please note that this is not a full coverage.

We like to point out that a limitied number of scholarships is available, therefore, an application may not always lead to a positive result. The result of previous applications will not effect the application of coming applications. You can apply for several scholarships within the same application process but keep in mind that you can only apply for courses which do not overlap in time.

For whom: criteria

To be eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme the applicant needs to meet the following criteria:

  • 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 or 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 with at least 3 years of work experiences and at least a bachelor degree.
  • The scholarship applicant holds the nationality of and is resident and working in one of the countries on the OKP Country list
  • The scholarship application is in line with the Country Plan of Implementation or Country Focus for the country concerned.

How to apply

To apply for the Orange Knowledge Programme, we will send you the OKP-registration letter after completion of your course registration. Be aware that the OKP-application process takes time and effort, and requires several documents:

  • A copy of your passport (PDF). Make sure your passport is at least valid until 3 months after the application deadline. Upload this copy as your identification document;
  • An employer statement (PDF). Use this example statement to check whether you filled in the format correctly;
  • Check the requirements to see if you need to submit a government statement (PDF). For your information, the government statement is mainly obligated for government employees from a certain group of countries.

To apply for Orange Knowledge Programme, you need to submit your application in DELTA, Nuffic's registration system. We will send you the right link to the 'canidate registration form' at the start of each application period.

MENA Scholarship Programme

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers scholarships to professionals for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The main aim of the MSP is to contribute to democratic transition in the selected countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations in the region, by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands. While the scholarship is awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation the applicant is employed by. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. A candidate for the MSP, must therefore be nominated by an employer to participate in the programme.

For whom: criteria

To be eligible for the MENA Scholarship Programme the applicant needs to meet the following criteria:

  • 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 or 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 with at least 3 years of work experiences and at least a bachelor degree.
  • The scholarship applicant holds the nationality of and is resident and working in one of these countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria*, Tunisia. (MSP is currently not open to professionals applying from Syria. Applicants with Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing in one of the other MSP countries)
  • The scholarship applicant is not older than 45 years.

How to apply

To apply for the MENA Scholarship Programme, we will send you the MSP-registration letter after your completion of your course registration. Be aware that the MSP-application proces takes time and effort, and requires several documents:

  • A copy of your passport (PDF). Make sure your passport is at least valid until 3 months after the application deadline. Upload this copy as your identification document;
  • An employer statement (PDF). Use this example statement to check whether you filled in the format correctly;
  • Check the requirements to see if you need to submit a government statement (PDF). For your information, the government statement is mainly obligated for government employees from a certain group of countries.

To apply for the MENA Scholarship Programme, you need to submit your application in DELTA, Nuffic's registration system. We will send you the right link to the 'canidate registration form' at the start of each application period.

StuNed Scholarship Programme

StuNed or Studeren in Nederland is a scholarship programme that is an integral part of the bilateral cooperation between the Governments of the Netherlands and Indonesia. The main objectives of StuNed are to strengthen the human resources in Indonesian organisations and the bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia at the same time. StuNed hereby focuses on the following areas that are of interest to Indonesia as well as  the Netherlands:

- International Trade, Finance and Economics - Transport, (Agro)logistics and Infrastructure - Security and Rule of Law - Water  - Agro-Food and Horticulture - Health Management

StuNed scholarships are awarded in three different modalities (MSc studies, Short courses and Tailor Made Training) and in principle all programmes offered by Dutch higher education providers can be eligible.

Visit the NESO website for more information on deadlines, eligibility and application form / procedures.

WWF Russell E. Train - Professional Development Grants

The Russell E. Train Professional Development Grants programme is part of WWF-US, and is started to honor the WWF founder, Russ Train. The programme provides Professional Development Grants (PDG's) to support mid-career conservationists from Asia, Africa and Latin America to pursue short-term, non-degree to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Applicants must submit their complete applications to a deadline at least 90 days before the start of the training.

For more information about the criteria for this grant and the application deadline, please visit the WWF website; https://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/professional-development-grants.