We promote and provide information on more than 2100 study programmes taught in English in the Netherlands. We also initiate and facilitate institutional cooperation between South African and Dutch universities and work together with South Africa on capacity development through the Orange Knowledge Programme.

Neso South Africa is a representative office of Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. It's a non-profit organization funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

Nuffic Neso South Africa focuses on the following activities:

  • Promote Dutch higher education and to increase student and staff mobility between South Africa and the Netherlands.
  • Support students from the Netherlands to come to South Africa for study, research and internships.
  • Intensify ties with the Holland Alumni network in Southern Africa.
  • Initiate and coordinate (triple helix) partnerships (e.g. NRF-Nuffic PhD programme, Living Labs).
  • Capacity building: implementation of the Orange Knowledge Programme in the region.


Orange Tulip Scholarship 2020-2021

The Orange Tulip Scholarship programme gives talented Southern Africans the opportunity to study in the Netherlands. It is offered by higher education institutions and coordinated by Nuffic Neso South Africa. The next round for applications for the Orange Tulip Scholarship programme 2021-2022 will open in the first half of 2021.

For more information about the Orange Tulip Scholarship, kindly contact:

Orange Knowledge Programme

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.

Scholarships are available for a selection of:

  • short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months);
  • master's programmes (duration 12 to 24 months).

All courses that are eligible for an Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship are listed in Studyfinder. Please search in Studyfinder, using the filter 'OKP qualified - Yes'.

Find out more about the Orange Knowlegde Programme

NRF-Nuffic Programme

NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships for 2021

South Africa aspires to produce more doctoral graduates as a means of increasing its global competitiveness, high-level research skills and knowledge production. One way to achieve this is by creating international partnerships and networks between scientists and research institutions, with a focus on training doctoral students.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa has a mandate to promote and support research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research infrastructure. In order to realise this mandate, the NRF has made a substantial commitment and investment towards supporting the next generation of researchers to intensify and strengthen African and global networks.

The NRF and Nuffic partnership provides doctoral funding for South African citizens and permanent residents to study full-time in The Netherlands (i.e. single site mode). Institutional level agreements between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa to enable full-time joint doctoral degrees will also be supported (i.e. split site mode).

Application process

Applications for funding for doctoral studies in the 2021 academic year must be submitted through the NRF Online Submission System - NRF Postgraduate Scholarships. 

Students must first identify the university where they will be registered for their postgraduate degree before applying to the NRF.

Important documents

Nuffic Doctoral Funding Framework 2021

General Application Guide 2021

Cut-off dates for submission to the NRF

Closing date for single site applications: 1 June 2020

Designated Authority (DA) Cut-off date for split site applications: 14 August 2020
(Please liaise with your institution regarding their internal closing date)

Please refer to the application and funding documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

For programme related enquiries, please contact:

Mr. Nelson Komane
Professional Officer: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)

Phone: +27 12 481 42 19

Mr. Vhutshilo Makananise
Neso South Africa

Phone: +27 12 346 09 82


The Holland Alumni Association of South Africa (HAASA) is an online community where Holland Alumni in South Africa can connect, share and discover the alumni activities take place in South Africa.

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Get in touch with the HAASA BOARD and follow the calendar for events near you!

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Study in South Africa

The Study in South Africa (SiSA) Desk is an initiative by Nuffic Neso South Africa.
We inform students from Dutch education institutions about internships, research projects and study possibilities in South Africa. We also offer support in arranging practicalities and logistics before your stay and upon arrival.

Find out what opportunities South Africa has to offer! Contact us to find out more and stay up-to-date through our Facebook page.


Nuffic Neso South Africa

210 Florence Ribeiro Avenue
New Muckleneuk
Pretoria 0181
South Africa

Phone: +27 12 346 0982

Meet the team

Name Role Email Phone
Huba Boshoff Chief Representative Officer +27 84 247 1514
Itumeleng Dhlamini Programme Manager +27 12 346 0982
Jade Bailey Education Promotion Officer +27 66 297 9203
Meghan Rossouw Mobility & Alumni Officer +27 66 297 9201
Tshegofatso Gasealahwe Finance & Operations Officer +27 12 346 0646
Vhutshilo Makananise Intern +27 12 346 0982

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