Orange Knowledge Programmes in the Philippines

The Orange Knowledge Programme is a € 185 MIO global development programme, funded by the Dutch government. It was kicked off mid-2017 for a period of 5 years and involves around 50 countries. It replaces the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP). Nuffic is responsible for the management of the NFP.

Our objective is to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development by strengthening the skills and knowledge of both individuals, groups of individuals and organisations.


The Orange Knowledge Program in the Philippines has 3 instruments:

  1. Tailor-Made Training (TMT) for groups;
  2. Individual scholarships for mid-career professionals;
  3. Alumni activities.

Embassy’s policy and priorities

Nuffic will review applications and will select applicants in line with embassy policy and priorities, which are focused on the following sectors:

  1. Water
  2. Agrifood / Food Safety
  3. Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  4. Human trafficking and migration
  5. Environment / Climate Studies / Disaster Risk Reduction
  6. Inclusive Business and Sustainability
  7. Renewable / Sustainable Energy
  8. Smart and resilient cities

For more information, please visit the page of the Orange Knowledge Program Page. You may also visit Study in Holland and Study Finder.

What is the NFP?

NFP stands for Netherlands Fellowship Programmes, a programme that funds higher education and training in the Netherlands for professionals from over 50 partner countries. As of 1 July 2017 the NFP entered a new phase, as part of a new programme called Orange Knowledge Programme. The programme aims to aid the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of individuals as well as institutions in the field of higher and vocational education. 

More information

For more information on the NFP and partner countries, visit the EP-Nuffic website.

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes in this country or region

Individual Scholarships

The Orange Knowledge Program has three sub-programmes for individual fellowships: 

  1. Short courses;
  2. Master's degree programmes;
  3. PhD studies.

Each embassy has its own focus area to support the development goals of the Netherlands in each country.

Embassy’s policy and priorities

The Netherlands Embassy will review incoming applications and recommend them to Nuffic in line with embassy policy and priorities. These are listed above.

For more information, visit the Nuffic page on individual scholarships.

Orange Knowledge Program - Call for Individual Short Course Scholarship Applications 2018

Applications for the following Orange Knowledge Short Course Scholarships with the Hague Academy for Local Governance (THA) will start on the 20th August 2018. The deadline for applications is the 18th October 2018 at 24h00 (CET). The following training courses will be available:

  • Inclusive Service Delivery & the SDGs (18 – 29 March 2019)
  • Citizen Participation and Inclusive Governance (8 – 19 April 2019)
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption (17 – 28 June 2019)


  • Take note that Applicants must obtain an academic admission from THA and be assessed for eligibility PRIOR to applying for a scholarship through ATLAS, the Nuffic online application system.
  • Following the Embassy checks and Nuffic selection, the results of the application will be announced after the 20th December 2018. You will be notified by The Hague Academy regarding the outcome of the selection before 11th January 2019. The selection by Nuffic is final and not subject to discussion and/or correspondence.

To Apply, visit the Nuffic Page for Short Scholarships and carefully read all instructions.

Tailor Made Training Programme (TMT)

The Tailor-Made Training (TMT) of the Orange Knowledge Programme is meant to improve the overall functioning of an organisation by training a selected group of staff. An organisation facing knowledge and skills problems in achieving its goals can (partly) eliminate these problems with a tailor-made training course. A tailor-made training course must be carried out by a Dutch training provider.

Open calls for TMTs are listed on the Nuffic Website.

Interested and eligible organisations are invited to participate in the TMT programme.

Orange Knowledge Program - Call for Tailor-Made Trainings for 2018

For the Philippines, organisations may now apply for Group-TMTs.

Full details are listed in the Call for OKP TMTs page.

Focus Areas for 2018 are:

  1. Water management, including climate and energy
  2. Agrifood / Food Safety
  3. Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  4. Human trafficking and migration
  5. Environment / Climate Studies / Disaster Risk Reduction
  6. Inclusive Business and Sustainability
  7. Renewable / Sustainable Energy
  8. Smart and resilient cities


The deadline for submission is 15 October 2018, 4.00 PM (16:00) CEST.

How to submit

Applications have to be submitted the web application Delta. Prepare three documents in the prescribed Nuffic formats: a joint proposal, a budget and a Checklist Organisational Capacity Assessment (COCA; only for the Dutch provider). Please also add the CVs of all proposed resource persons (there is no prescribed format).

The process and application forms can be found on the Nuffic Call for Joint TMT Proposals Page.

Maximum subsidy

The maximum subsidy per tailor-made training is € 75,000.


The Orange Knowledge Programme is a co-funding programme. This means that a contribution from the requesting organisation in the OKP country is compulsory for the Philippines, where the percentage of co-funding is 5%.


Unfortunately the budget for the OKP-TMT programme is limited. By consequence a limited number of applications can be subsidised. Nuffic is responsible for the assessment and selection, taking into account the recommendations of the embassy.

Information on studying in the Netherlands

For more information on studying in the Netherlands, please visit the website