Our activities abroad > Orange Knowledge Programme (overview)


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-2024
  • Countries: projects are ongoing in up to 54 countries

Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Yemen.

*The mentioned countries are the countries in which scholarship and training was awarded in 2023.

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

For more information on what focus applies to which country, and which types of funding are available, please check our overview:
Focus and theme per country

Types of funding

large-scale projects in which Dutch and local education institutions work together;

More on institutional collaboration

group training to support local organisations by training a selected group of staff;

More on different types of group training

Individual funding for professionals who work at organisations active in priority areas, to follow a master's or short course in the Netherlands.

More on individual scholarships

Impact & results

Discover the transformative impact of the Orange Knowledge Programme as it empowers individuals worldwide through education, driving positive change and sustainable development. Read our news articles on the Orange Knowledge Programme.

Explore the AkvoRSR interactive map to witness the tangible results of the Orange Knowledge Programme, showcasing its global impact on education, innovation, and sustainable development.

You can also follow us on social media;

Facebook - @nufficglobaldevelopment
Twitter - @NufficGD
LinkedIn – Nuffic Global Development

Furthermore, we have also summarised the results in our annual reports:

Joining the programme

Dutch education institutions
Is your Dutch education institution interested in hosting individual Orange Knowledge scholarship holders? Find out more on our individual scholarships page. For participating organisations can get in touch with our contact persons.

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

For more information on receiving an Orange Knowledge Scholarship, check www.studyinNL.org/okp and contact the Dutch education institution of your choice on the application procedure.

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