Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries in Belgium

Scholarship Desk:

University of Ghent is offering Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries – call 2021

Who can apply for this scholarship

Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country (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) are welcome to apply. Exchange students cannot apply for this scholarship
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 of a different gender.

How to apply for this scholarship

Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail to
The Ghent University supervisor must submit the following 2 documents:
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

Scholarship funding

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 + € 8000 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.

Results of scholarship selection

From 19 May 2021 onwards, the result of the selection will be announced online

Deadline scholarship applications
4 February 2021