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Call for doctoral Scholarships "South Partnership"

UCLouvain is organising a call for applications for doctoral scholarships, or for mobility scholarships in the framework of a doctoral or post-doctoral stay, for nationals of developing countries. Through this approach, UCLouvain wishes to contribute not only to the strengthening of the academic fabric of developing countries, but also to the establishment of new partnerships between UCLouvain and research or higher education institutions in these countries.

The 2023-2024 call is a joint call for two streams of funding opportunities for Doctoral candidates:

  • UCLouvain's Conseil de l'Action Internationale (CAI) South Partnership Doctoral grants
  • ARES-CCD (Commission pour la coopération au développement) Doctoral mobility grants

Both instruments provide funding for doctoral theses for nationals from the Global South, with slightly different conditions for access and funding. In addition, post-doctoral stays are also funded by ARES-CCD:

  • ARES-CCD post-doctoral mobility grants

1. Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • UCLouvain-CAI Doctoral scholarship “South Partnership”: Eligible countries are: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Ivory Coast, Cuba, South Africa, Djibouti, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini (Kingdom of), Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Uganda, Philippines, Central African Republic, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Chad, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.  
  • ARES-CCD mobility grants in the framework of a doctorate or post-doctorate: Eligible countries are: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
  • Be supported by at least one member of the academic staff of UCLouvain;
  • Having initiated the process to be admitted by the Doctoral Domain Commission (CDD) of the candidate's research field at UCLouvain;
  • Be free of any commitment to return to the country with respect to a granting organization that has financed training;
  • For students who have already started their doctorate and are regularly registered at UCLouvain, not be a recipient of a scholarship.

Nationals of a country eligible for this call who, because of their administrative status within the EU, are comparable to Belgian students in terms of residence and/or social rights , are not eligible for this competition.

2. Selection criteria

The International Action Council (IAC) of UCLouvain will select the beneficiaries of the doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships on the basis of the following criteria:

Research dimension

  • Academic quality: CV of the candidate.
  • Quality of the research project.
  • Quality of the environment: Suitability and quality of the teams at UCLouvain and in the partner institution(s) supervising the candidate

Development cooperation dimension

  • Partnership: it is expected that the projects will directly involve a partner from a Southern institution (co-supervision or other form of collaboration with a scientist from the South). At a minimum, the project will describe one of the following elements: the involvement of one or more scientists from an institution in the South in the supervision of the thesis or post-doctoral research, collaborations with other ongoing projects in the South or in the North, or dissemination, awareness-raising and/or networking activities that are foreseen at UCLouvain and in the partner institution(s) in the South with a view to transferring skills and knowledge.
  • Relevance in terms of global development and societal issues: scientific projects are expected to address development issues (in the sense of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs), beyond the objective of quality education (higher education), or the development of competences that are relevant for the partner institution or at least the country of origin. The project should refer to at least one of the following elements: the link with one of the MDGs, the capacity building components for the Southern partner(s) or the relevance of crossing South-North views on the project theme.
  • It is expected that the project respects, where relevant, the dimensions of human rights, ethics and integrity, academic freedom, gender equality, and plurality of South and North views.

In case of multiple applications for new theses from the same promoter, the IAC members will select a maximum of one application, except for reasons deemed exceptional by them.

After the selection, a reasoned feedback will be sent to the promoter and the candidate upon request.

The deadline to respond to this call is February 28, 2023 . The application file and the exact conditions of each scholarship are available on the university intranet and can be requested from the promoter who will lead the project.

To find a promoter, you can contact the Committee for the doctoral programme which is relevant to you.

Many other general information on doctoral programmes at UCLouvain are also available on this website.

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Special Research Fund - Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries - call 2024

With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF) Ghent University grants PhD “sandwich” scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University ('North') and half at a university in a developing country ('South'). Ghent University only finances the part of the research that will be carried out in Ghent (24 months). The candidate must have full-time funding for the other 24 months of research to be carried out in the South.

Who can apply for this scholarship

  • Candidates need to come from - and have the nationality of – one of the selected developing countries (see country list );
  • The proposals must be jointly submitted by a candidate, a supervisor (promoter) at Ghent University and a supervisor at the partner university (South);
  • No restrictions are imposed on the field of research, nevertheless  preference will be given to topics that are relevant for development;
  • Only degree students (students who intend to obtain a (joint ) PhD degree at Ghent University) can apply. Exchange students cannot apply for this scholarship; 
  • This program is meant for students at the beginning of their PhD. To a limited extent, PhD students are allowed to have already completed preliminary research. At the time the fellowship starts (1/10/2024), a minimum of 36 months of doctoral research must still be required to complete the PhD;
  • Ghent university wants to encourage more female researchers to apply for this scholarship. That is why a Ghent University supervisor can support maximum 2 candidates per call on condition they are both of a different gender.

Co-funding is mandatory with this scholarship. Consult the call documents for more information on what co-funding is allowed.

In general, the following conditions must be guaranteed by the partner in the South:

  • There must be a local PhD supervisor at the partner university or research center in the South;
  • A written statement from the partner university is requested stating that the candidate will receive a fulltime local PhD scholarship or salary for a period of 24 months when working on the PhD at the partner university in the South AND
  • will be sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments as to be able to fully concentrate on the PhD research in the South. Applicants can dedicate maximum 10 % of their time (fulltime appointment) to other tasks (teaching and other tasks)

Mobility scheme of the scholarship

The following mobility scheme is mandatory:

  • Students need to start and end with a research stay of 3 -12 months in at Ghent University.
  • The first research stay at Ghent University needs to be started between 1 October 2024 and 28 February 2025.
  • At least 24 months of locally funded research in the South must be scheduled in between the first and last research stay at Ghent University.

Exceptions to the mandatory mobility scheme

  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they are unable to start their 4 year PhD research with a research stay at Ghent University because the partner university/research center in the South requires a successful completion of a PhD study program in their university before commencing further research activities, can request an exception to the mobility scheme;
  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they are unable to start their 4 year PhD research with a research stay at Ghent University because they must first complete a period of field research in the South can apply for an exception to the mobility scheme;
  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a full-time funded PhD study period (of up to 12 months) at the partner university/research center in the South can request to integrate this period in the required 24 months of locally funded research stay in the South;
  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a full-time funded PhD study period (of up to 12 months) at Ghent University can request to integrate this period in the required 24 months of researach period at Ghent University.

Applicants who want to make use of one of those exceptions have to request an approval from the research administration of Ghent University before Jan 19, 2024. To do so, they complete the form "R equest exception funding and mobility scheme " form and submit it along with the requested supporting documents via email to [email protected] .

  • PhD scholarship at Ghent University  (in total 24 months).

The Ghent University promoter receives a bench fee of € 310/per month of research in Ghent + € 8.000 travel budget to cover (part of) the operational costs, as well as part of the travelling costs of the student and both the Ghent University and the local promoter.

How to apply for this scholarship

Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically to [email protected]

  • An advice on the candidate , stating the supervisors opinion on the capability of the candidate as a future researcher.
  • An advice on the ethical and biosafety context  of the proposed research project

Deadline scholarship applications

  • 20 February 2024

Results scholarship selection 

  • From 15 May 2024 onwards, the result of the selection will be announced online .

Research Department Research Co-ordination Office - Special Research Fund

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Call and application forms

  • All information on the call:  Call 2024    - C all 202
  • For the candidate: Application form 2024
  • For the promotor: Advice on the candidate  
  • For the promotor: Advice on the ethical and biosafety context  
  • Country List 2024

Scientific report

Final report : within three months following upon the end of the grant a final scientific/scholarly report has to be sent electronically to [email protected] . The promoter and co-promoter (if applicable) are included in this e-mail (either as sender, or in CC).

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Ghent University Special Research Fund – Scholarships for Developing Countries 2024

With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF) Ghent University grants PhD “sandwich” scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University ('North') and half at a university in a dev

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Ghent University Doctoral Scholarship for Developing Countries 2024

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Ghent University 2022 Full-fee Doctoral Scholarships for Developing Countries

With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF), Ghent University grants PhD scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and half in a university in a developing country

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University of Antwerp 2020 Doctoral scolarship, Urbanisation, Poverty and Inequality in Africa

AIPRIL at the University of Antwerp is looking for a full-time (100%) Doctoral scholarship holder to conduct research on the topic of Urbanisation, Poverty and Inequality in Africa. The university’s recently founded Antwerp Interdisciplinary Platform for Research into Inequality (AIPRI

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Unknown to many, there are a number of scholarship programs in Belgium for international students specifically for students from developing countries. The Belgian Government, in their efforts towards development cooperation, offers scholarships to foreign students wishing to pursue further studies in Belgium. Belgian Universities included in the top 100 World Universities has scholarship programs for international students as well.

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VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships   VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from selected developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to pursue a Training or Master’s Programme related to development at Universities in Belgium. The scholarships cover tuition fee, accomodation, allowance, travel costs,  and other program related costs.

Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships for International Students The Government of Flanders launches a new scholarship program, Master Mind Scholarships that aims to promote the internationalization of the Flemish Higher Education.  It awards up to 35 scholarships to outstanding Master students from all countries. The incoming student is awarded a scholarship of maximum 7.500 Euro per academic year. The Flemish Host Institution can ask the applicant for a tuition fee of maximum 100 Euro per year.

Erasmus Mundus Programmes in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Study grants are awarded for Erasmus Mundus Master’s degrees and doctorate degrees at Belgian Universities.

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Science@Leuven Scholarships for International Students The Science@Leuven Scholarship are for motivated and talented international students, interested in participating in an international master programme of the Faculty of Science of the K.U.Leuven. The amount of the scholarship can be up to 10,000 Euro for 1 year. The scholarship will always cover the tuition fee for 1 year, the insurance and a basic health insurance coverage. The amount awarded for living expenses can vary.

See also  Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships Programme  which offers deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD at K.U. Leuven.

University of Ghent Doctoral Scholarships   Univeristy of Ghent grants PhD scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and half in a university in a developing country.

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Belgium Scholarships 2024 - 2025 Fully Funded present an exceptional opportunity for international students aiming to pursue their studies in Belgium with a fully funded scholarship . If you're seeking to embark on an academic journey in Belgium, our guide is your indispensable resource. Belgium is renowned for its numerous government-backed scholarships for PhD, Bachelor's, and Master's programs, many of which are accessible without the need for IELTS scores . These fully funded scholarships in Belgium not only cover tuition fees but also cater to living expenses and travel allowances, turning your educational aspirations into reality. We're here to guide you through every step of the application process, including comprehensive advice on immigration and student visa procedures for Belgium. Don't let this opportunity to elevate your education in Belgium slip away. Apply now for these scholarships and commence your enriching academic journey in one of the most sought-after educational destinations in the world.

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Ghent University Mastermind Scholarship 2024-25, Belgium.

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  • Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Statistics

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Fully Funded Wallonia-Brussels International Excellence Grants Programme 2023-24, Belgium.

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Doctoral Scholarship for candidates from Developing countries 2023 - Special Research Fund

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Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships Programme, Belgium 2022-23

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With its top-quality education system, continuing your studies in Belgium is a no-brainer. But what if you can’t exactly afford it? Luckily, with Belgium’s scholarships for international students, you might even be able to study here for free!

Since you’ve already set your mind to moving to Belgium , let’s see how you can save some money while doing so!

Can I get a scholarship in Belgium?

Yes, if you’ve been a top-performing student in your previous studies, you’ve a good shot at getting a scholarship in one of the Belgian universities. Besides academic excellence, Belgian scholarships are usually awarded based on your country of residence, professional experience and motivation.

What kinds of Belgian scholarships for international students are there?

You’ll come across 2 main types of financial aid to study in Belgium : government scholarships for foreign students and scholarships sponsored by individual universities . Belgian scholarships will also differ in how many expenses they cover , from a tuition fee reduction to a fully-funded scholarship.

“ Scholarship or grant can be one of the ways to prove your solvency for a student visa application . ”

Can I study for free in Belgium?

The short answer is yes if you’re eligible for one of the fully-funded scholarships . However, most of those scholarships in Belgium are reserved for exceptional students from developing countries and spots are very limited .

Luckily, if you’re granted only a partial scholarship grant, there are many ways to cover the rest of your study expenses. For example, you can get a work-study job at your educational institution, a part-time job in your city , or a paid internship .

If you end up not getting any financial aid at all but you’re from one of the least developed countries , consider studying in one of the universities of Wallonia or Brussels . The fees for students from those countries are reduced from €4,175/year to €835/year, which is the amount EU students pay. Also,

“ always research the websites of the universities you’re interested in to see if they offer any financial support besides the scholarships we list in this article. ”

The governments of Flanders and Wallonia and Brussels also issue study allowances for students from disadvantaged families . However, strict nationality requirements apply to non-Belgians.

Top 7 Belgian scholarships for international students:

  • ARES scholarship for developing countries
  • VLIR-UOS scholarship for developing countries
  • Global minds PhD Scholarship
  • Master Mind scholarship
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters
  • Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship
  • Ghent University Top-up Grant

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1. ARES scholarships in Belgium for developing countries

Students from developing countries who wish to pursue a 1-year advanced bachelor’s or master’s degree or a 2-to-6-month training course in Wallonia or Brussels in the area of community development.

This fully funded Belgian government scholarship will cover your international travel costs, living expenses, tuition fees, and insurance for the duration of your studies.

Requirements

To qualify for the ARES scholarship in Belgium you must :

  • demonstrate your commitment to development (e.g. helping disadvantaged social groups)
  • be under 40 years old for degree programs , or under 45 for training courses
  • complete the application in the language of the chosen course and possess a good written and spoken knowledge of it
  • hold a diploma equivalent to the Belgian undergraduate degree for advanced bachelors or a diploma equivalent to the Belgian bachelor’s degree for advanced master’s and short training courses
  • be a citizen and reside and work in one of the following developing countries : Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, DR Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe
  • have a relevant professional experience of at least 2 years in one of the aforementioned countries

How to apply

You must submit your application via GIRAF platform .

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2. VLIR-UOS scholarships for developing countries

Students from Africa, Asia and Latin America who want to attend a training or master's programme at a Flemish university.

This fully-funded Belgian scholarship for developing countries covers tuition fees, travel, insurance and living expenses for the full duration of the master's programme (12/24 months).

To be eligible for the VLIR-UOS scholarship you must :

  • be a national and reside in one of the following developing countries : Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroun, Cuba, DR Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guinee, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Palestina, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  • be younger than 35 for a master's course and under 45 for an advanced master
  • previous employment or interest in the areas of higher education, government or civil society is a plus

Once you chose one of the selected master’s courses , you should apply for the programme and scholarship directly on the website of the host Belgian university.

3. Global minds PhD Scholarships

Students from developing countries wishing to conduct a 4-year PhD research and obtain their PhD from KU Leuven.

This Belgian scholarship program is divided into 2 parts where 2 years are sponsored by your home country and 2 other years take place and are financed by KU Leuven in Belgium.

The scholarship waives your tuition fees and covers your flight tickets and insurance, and provides a supervision allowance of €300 and a monthly living allowance. While the living allowance in your home country will differ per institution, KU Leuven estimates you pay in Belgium around €2,199/month for doctoral students and €1,500/month for pre-doctoral students.

To qualify for the Global minds PhD Scholarship at KU Leuven you must :

  • be a national of one of the following developing countries : Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa Asia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam, Latin America, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru
  • have an excellent research proposal that deals with a development-relevant topic , approved by a KU Leuven professor who has expertise in the relevant field

Once your research proposal is endorsed by one of the KU Leuven professors, you must apply for a PhD programme at KU Leuven . Only then your supervisor can apply for the scholarship for you.

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4. Master Mind scholarships

Outstanding international students who wish to pursue a master's degree programme in Flanders.

This master’s scholarship in Belgium allows you to get a grant of €8,400 and a tuition fee waiver per academic year.

To qualify for this Belgian government scholarship, you must first be accepted by one of the partner universities in Flanders . You’ll then be judged by your academic performance (at least a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0.), your motivation and attitude, knowledge of English and relevant work experience .

Each year Flemish universities select a maximum of 20 candidates per institution and submit their applications for the scholarship. The Flemish Government then makes the final selection based on the lists.

To qualify, you must apply for the master's program of your choice in one of the participating universities . Indicate your interest in the Master Mind Scholarship and make it clear in your motivational letter why you should be selected .

5. Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters

Best-performing international students who wish to pursue a master’s course in at least 2 different countries .

This EU-funded scholarship covers all your participation costs such as tuition fees and library costs (up to €3,000 for 10 months), insurance coverage, return ticket and allowance to cover your living expenses of €1,000/month.

Anyone with a bachelor's degree or equivalent can apply for this scholarship for international students. The candidates are selected based on their academic performance, motivation, work experience and recommendation letters.

To study in Belgium with this scholarship, you should choose up to 3 programs_ from the Erasmus Mundus catalogue and contact the program coordinators directly.

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6. Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowships

American citizens moving to Belgium to follow a graduate or postgraduate program in a Belgian university.

This fellowship offers coverage of your Belgian health insurance costs as well as a non-renewable grant of $29,000 for master’s and PhD students and $33,000 for post-doctoral fellows.

To apply for the BAEF fellowship in Belgium, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and either have a master’s or equivalent degree or be working towards a PhD or equivalent degree. If you’re under 30 and have a working knowledge of one of Belgium’s national languages it’s a plus.

For this fellowship, you must submit the application form , together with your transcript of records, a brief autobiographical statement, a statement of purpose, and 3 letters of recommendation to [email protected].

Keep in mind that you’ll have to make arrangements with a Belgian university or research institution yourself.

7. Ghent University Top-up Grants

Students from less developed countries who wish to obtain a master’s or master-after-master’s degree at Ghent University in English.

This university scholarship for international students covers all insurance costs and grants an allowance of €1,000/month . Regardless of your nationality, you’ll pay a tuition fee the same as EEA students.

To qualify for this grant you must come from a country on the OESO-DAC country list where students from the first 3 columns are given the preference.

Naturally, you also must have a relevant degree such as a bachelor's to apply for a master's programme and a master's degree to follow a master-after-master course.

There is no specific application procedure for this scholarship. The coordinator of your program will choose their top 3 master applicants for the grant. However, you can stress the need for the grant to your course coordinator.

We hope that one of these Belgian scholarships for international students can relieve you from some of the financial burdens of studying abroad. But your options don’t end here. Just take a look at our budgeting tips for living abroad for inspiration!

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We invite you to find in this post, the best PhD scholarships in Belgium for international students .

Indeed, each year, several Belgian organizations, universities and foundations offer students hundreds of scholarships to study in Belgium .

Moreover, obtaining a scholarship for a doctorate degree in Belgium from Belgian and international universities and foundations allows you to do higher education in Belgium at the PhD level for free.

The best scholarships in Belgium are an excellent way to study at Belgian university after the obtaining your master’s degree diploma.

This will allow you to partially or completely finance your university studies to obtain a university degree in Belgium.

These free scholarships in Belgium mainly come from :

  • Public universities in Belgium
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  • Foundations in Belgium

In addition, these scholarships in Belgium can cover :

  • Up to 100% of tuition fees
  • Student housing costs
  • Student Insurance
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  • Can cover other expenses related to studies in Belgium

Indeed, if you are planning to study for free in Belgium , finding a scholarship is considered the best way to achieve this.

On the other hand, scholarships in Belgium, are considered to be among the best scholarships for international students .

Moreover, doctorate scholarships in Belgium can allow you to reduce the cost of studies in Belgian universities .

Thus, getting a scholarship in Belgium is the best way to finance your higher education in Belgium.

Moreover, we are going to introduce you to the best PhD scholarships in Belgium .

So, we are going to focus on introducing you the following points of each PhD scholarships :

  • A short presentation
  • Level of study
  • Scholarship amount
  • Link to the scholarship

So, let’s find out together more details about these top doctorate scholarships in Belgium for international students.

Each year, several Belgian universities and organizations offer hundreds of doctorate and PhD scholarships in Belgium for Belgian, European and foreign students.

Indeed, to study abroad, it is best to first check the availability of new scholarships in Belgium .

So, these scholarships are open to Belgian, European and international students preparing their Doctorate and PhD degrees and awarded based on their demonstrated academic merit.

Therefore, here is the list of the best undergraduate scholarships in Belgium that we will present to you in this article :

  • KU Leuven Scholarships
  • University of Antwerp Scholarships

Therefore, let’s find more details about these Doctorate scholarships in Belgium.

1. KU Leuven Scholarships

KU Leuven offers a wide range of scholarships for students from many countries in all main university’s domains.

​A scholarship can help you to cover the costs related to a study or research period at KU Leuven.

Some scholarship programs are coordinated by the university, others by external institutions.

  • Level of study : PhD
  • Scholarship amount :  Up to 100% of tuition fees
  • Official website :  KU Leuven Scholarships

2. University of Antwerp Scholarships

University of Antwerp Scholarships for foreign students are open to international students.

The University of Antwerp directly participates in the selection process of certain scholarship programs (Scholarships with UAntwerp participation).

In addition, students can also check if they are eligible for external funding opportunities (External scholarships).

  • Official website :  University of Antwerp Scholarships

Thus, to conclude our article, we have presented for you, the best PhD scholarships in Belgium for European, Belgian, and international students.

Indeed, these  Belgium scholarships presented in this article are considered to be among the best scholarships for international students .

Obviously, if you are planning to study for free in Belgium , finding a doctorate scholarship and fellowship is considered the best way to achieve this.

Moreover, scholarships in Belgium can allow you to reduce the cost of studies in Belgian universities .

Generally, to apply for a scholarship, you must be admitted to the university offering this scholarship.

Indeed, you must have an idea on 3 essential points, namely:

  • How to get a scholarship?
  • How to apply for a scholarship?
  • And finally,  how to study abroad for free?

Furthermore, you should note that if the application dates are closed, you must wait until the next reopening of applications.

So, do not hesitate to contact the university or organization that offers the scholarship of your choice to ask for more information.

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