Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries in Belgium

This is a program provided by Ghent University with the support from “Special Research Fund” (BOF).

Who can apply: Candidate from developing countries, Cambodia is included.

Country: Belgium

Field of research: no restriction


The candidate obtains a scholarship for maximum 24 months which must be divided into several periods within a span of 4 years.

  • Students are obliged to divide the scholarship into minimum 2 different research stays in Ghent (North) and need to return at least once to their home university (South)  in between (=‘sandwich- schedule’)
  • The candidate must propose at least 12 months of locally funded research stay in the South after the first BOF funded stay in Ghent (North).
  • Due to all practical arrangements (visa, housing, contract …) students are advised to stay for long periods in Ghent (e.g. 1 year).
  • This scholarship call does not intend to support students who plan only 1 research stay in Ghent.


How to apply:

Before you apply, you need to find a professor from Ghent University who is willing to act as the supervisor (‘promoter’) of the doctoral research and who agrees to support your application. The best way to do this is by browsing the list of faculties and research topics available

The proposals must be submitted by a candidate, a promoter at Ghent University and a supervisor at the local institution.

When you decide to apply, you need to know that:

  • You are able to work on the PhD project at the partner university in a selected developing country (South).
  • You can be either a fulltime PhD student or a staff member of this university

You will be judged on:

  • the qualifications of the applicant;
  • the doctoral project;
  • the relevance of the research topic for development;
  • the scientific/scholarly potential of the promoter’s research group(s);
  • the partnership between Ghent University and the local institute;
  • the scientific/scholarly potential of the local institute.


Closing Date: 7 March 2017

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