Our Orange Knowledge Programme Short Course scholarships application window (round 3), which normally opens on 2 September for applicants, remains closed for the moment. All preparatory actions are put on hold.

For more information, please visit our Study in Holland website.

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The Orange Knowledge Programme was kicked off mid-2017 for a period of 5 years and involves 54 countries.

1-minute introduction

Priority themes and instruments

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, energy and climate
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Security and the rule of law


The Orange Knowledge Programme consists of 4 instruments:

Participating countries

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

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

Full-programme countries

Instruments: institutional collaboration projects, group training (TMT, TMT Plus, refresher courses), individual scholarships, alumni activities.

Bangladesh‌ • Benin • Burundi‌ • Colombia‌ • Egypt • Ethiopia • Ghana • Indonesia‌ • Iraq • Jordan • Kenya‌ • Mali • Mozambique • Myanmar • Palestinian Territories • Rwanda‌ • South Africa‌ • Tanzania • Tunisia • Uganda‌ • Vietnam‌


As of April 2020, Indonesia will be a special full-programme country with only institutional collaboration projects and group training. The current scholarships application Round 1 is the last application round in which Indonesia participates.


Compact Plus-programme countries

Instruments: group training (TMT, TMT Plus, refresher courses), individual scholarships, alumni activities

Afghanistan • Burkina Faso • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) • Guatemala • Guinea • Lebanon • Liberia • Niger • Nigeria • Senegal • Sierra Leone • Somalia • South Sudan • Sudan • Yemen • Zambia

Compact-programme country

Instruments: group training (TMT and refresher courses), individual scholarships, alumni activities


Country focus

For each country there are specific priority themes and strategic partners that the Orange Knowledge Programme focuses on. You can find these in the overview below:

Country focus Orange Knowledge Programme (209.62 kB)

Thème prioritaire et focus des pays Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) (96.26 kB)

Country Plans of Implementation (CPIs)

For the full-programme countries, we will publish 'country plans of implementation'. These define the capacity needs for the specific country. They also describe the activities that will take place to contribute to building knowledge and skills within the chosen themes for the country or region in question.

View the list of available country plans of implementation

Policy framework and theory of change

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

We have provided translations below:

English translation legal policy framework Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (196.50 kB)

English translation 'Staatscourant' extra funding amendment August 2018 (93.8 kB)

Quarterly information

On a quarterly basis official programme specifications are published in the government gazette. These include budget allocations per instrument and modifications regarding participating countries and\or priority themes.

These specifications are published ahead of the specific quarter. Only after publication of these quarterly specifications, we will announce information on future calls, budgets and deadlines for that specific quarter.

Specifications Q2 2020

Publication Staatscourant 20 March 2020 (in Dutch)

Translation publication 'Staatscourant' 20 March 2020‌ (101.33 kB)

Specifications Q1 2020

Publication Staatscourant 20 December 2019 (in Dutch)

Translation publication 'Staatscourant' 20 December 2019‌ (122.22 kB)

Specifications Q4 2019

Publication Staatscourant 30 September 2019 (in Dutch)

Translation publication 'Staatscourant' 30 September 2019‌ (144.5 kB)

Specifications Q3 2019

Publication Staatscourant 26 June 2019 (in Dutch)

Translation publication 'Staatscourant' 26 June 2019‌ (85.87 kB)

Specifications Q2 2019

Publication amendment Staatscourant 26 June 2019 (in Dutch)

Translation publication amendment 'Staatscourant' 26 June 2019‌ (95.13 kB)

Specifications Q1 2019

Publication Staatscourant 29 November 2018 (in Dutch)

English translation of publication Staatscourant 29 November 2018‌ (163.22 kB)

All participants are informed through our digital Orange Knowledge Programme Updates. If you are a participant but you have not been receiving updates, please send us an email with your contact information, referencing 'Programme update'.

Theory of change

For the Orange Knowledge Programme we developed a Theory of Change, outlining the desired outcomes and required interventions:

Summary of the Theory of Change‌ (341.90 kB)

The Theory of Change is integrated in the Orange Knowledge Monitoring & Evaluation Framework, which includes evaluation indicators at all levels:

Monitoring & Evaluation Framework Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (264.76 kB)

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

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Latest newsletter

Orange Knowledge Newsletter - 30 June 2020

Annual report

Highlights of the annual report of the Orange Knowledge Programme for 2018

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Open calls

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