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The Orange Knowledge Programme is a Dutch funding programme. It contributes to societies’ social and economic development by strengthening knowledge and skills of professionals and organisations. This is achieved through focusing on education, in collaboration with Dutch knowledge organisations.

  • Funder: the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Manager: Nuffic Global Development
  • Duration: from mid-2017 to mid-2022 (closure date 31 Dec 2021)
  • Budget: € 220 million
  • Countries: projects are ongoing in up to 54 countries; currently new opportunities are available for 38 countries


The aim of the programme is based on the Netherlands’ development cooperation policy. The programme:

  • strengthens knowledge and skills of professionals active in the priority fields through scholarships and training;
  • builds the capacity of organisations in higher education and TVET (Technical Vocational Education & Training), in collaboration with Dutch knowledge institutions.

For more information please check our Theory of Change:

Theory of Change Orange Knowledge Programme (341.90 kB)

Themes and instruments

The programme offers opportunities in fields related to the priority themes of the Dutch government:

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

The countries in the programme each focus on one or more of these themes. Together with the local embassy we decide which themes are applicable for each country. We do this by focusing on the local needs of each participating country.

In addition, the following cross-cutting themes are important in all participating countries:

  • Private sector development
  • Inclusivity of women and marginalised groups
  • Environment

To check which themes apply for your country, or for the country you would like to collaborate with, check the country themes page.


The Orange Knowledge Programme consists of 4 types of funding, referred to as 'instruments':

Participating countries

The countries are divide in 2 categories:

  • Full-programme countries or 'category A' countries: in these countries, all instruments are available (with the exception of Indonesia).
  • Compact-programme, or 'category B' countries: in these countries there are no institutional collaboration projects. All the other instruments are available in these countries.

Below is an overview of the countries participating in the Orange Knowledge Programme:

Category A Category B




Burkina Faso


DR Congo









(no scholarships)







Sierra Leone




South Sudan



Palestinian Territories




South Africa










Please note: always check the specific call on available instruments and eligible countries.


Activities have been put on hold for Afghanistan. This means that Afghanistan will no longer take part of the Orange Knowledge Programme. Dutch embassies no longer issue visa for Afghan applicants, this also includes Afghan OKP scholarship holders.

How to join the programme


Interested in funding for an institutional collaboration project or group training? We announce our new opportunities on our open calls page.

Is your Dutch education institution interested in hosting individual Orange Knowledge scholarship holders? Find out more on our individual scholarships page

We advise new institutions interested in participating in the programme to subscribe to the programme updates and/or to contact okp@nuffic.nl.


Wondering how to make most out of the Orange Knowledge Programme for your country? Check our embassy information page.


Are you a looking for an individual scholarship to study to the Netherlands? Check the information on our Study in Holland website.

Already graduated and/or part of an alumni association? You might like our alumni activities. And don’t forget to join the Holland Alumni Network!

Results of the programme

There are Orange Knowledge activities ongoing in up to 54 countries:

Check our interactive map on Akvo RSR (akvoapp.org)

We have also summarised the results in our annual reports:

Procedures and policy framework

The official policy framework of the programme was published in the Staatscourant, the Netherlands government's gazette, in March 2018 (in Dutch). In August 2018, an amendment

about extra funding was published.

As part of our procedures, we publish official programme specifications in the government gazette every quarter. These include budget allocations per instrument and modifications regarding participating countries and/or priority themes.

To view these publications, please check our policy documents page.

Stay in touch

Contact persons

Staff of education institutions and participating organisations can contact our contact persons. Scholarship holders need to contact their education institution for more information.

Stay up to date

Subscribe to our Orange Knowledge newsletter to get information on calls, deadlines and stories:


Social media

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Facebook - @nufficglobaldevelopment

Twitter - @NufficGD

LinkedIn – Nuffic Global Development

Open calls

See an overview of our open calls for institutional projects and group training.

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