Scholarships for postgraduate courses are available from different sources. Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation has no funds for financing participants and regrets it is unable to assist applicants in obtaining sponsorship.

The most common are the Orange Knowledge Programme, MSP and StuNed.

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE entered a new phase on 1 July 2017 and will continue as 'Orange Knowledge Programme'' (OKP).

This 5-year programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education.

OKP Fellowships will be available for a number of countries.

The programme offers scholarships, training 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

The Orange Knowledge Programme consists of 4 instruments:

  1. partnership projects between TVET and higher education institutions locally and in the Netherlands;
  2. Tailor-Made Training (TMT) for groups;
  3. individual scholarships for mid-career professionals;
  4. alumni activities.

Please be aware that an OKP application takes time and effort, and requires several documents. Please make sure you meet the eligibility criteria of OKP and make sure your application fulfills the requirements as mentioned in the OKP admission letter. We strongly recommend that you start as soon as possible. Since the number fellowships available is limited, an application may not always lead to a positive result.

MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) offers scholarships to professionals for short courses in the Netherlands.

The MSP is open to professionals who are nationals of - and living 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.

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.

The first upcoming application deadline is 19 maart 2019.

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

WWF Russell E. Train Fellowships

The Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) is part of WWF-US, and is started to honor the WWF founder, Russ Train. The program provides funding to conservationists from Asia, Africa and Latin America to pursue education opportunities to improve and enhance conservatiopn capacity in their home countries.

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

More information about this fellowship can be found on the WWF website;