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.


Nuffic Neso South Africa
210 Florence Ribeiro Avenue
New Muckleneuk
Pretoria 0181
South Africa

Phone: +27 12 346 0982

Study in Holland Tour

Postponed until September 2020

Event update

Dear students

It is with deep regret after all the planning a year in advance that we have decided to postpone our Study in Holland Tour (This includes all trips to Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Zimbabwe). The well-being of students, parents and university partners is of utmost importance to us.

We have set a provisional date to postpone the expo to Sunday, 6 September - Monday, 14 September until the situation with this virus has stabilized. Final dates will be communicated closer to the time.

Book a free online consultation

Despite the tour being cancelled, we are still able to help you online. Our team is dedicated to assisting you in finding a suitable study programme and possible scholarship to study in the Netherlands.

Contact us today by emailing and our Education Promotion Officer will guide you through this great opportunity.


NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Training 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

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: