Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships 2021

Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships 2021

Applications are open for the Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries 2021.

About the Scholarship

Ghent University wishes to support university research groups or research centres in developing countries in their aim to grow into excellent research centres by upgrading local academic personnel.

Therefore Ghent University grants PhD scholarships (24 months) to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and half of their PhD research in a university in a developing country.

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.

Who can Apply?

  • Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country (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 the 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.

Mobility Scheme

The following mobility scheme is mandatory:

  • Students need to start and end with a research stay of 3 -12 months in Ghent.
  • The first research stay in Ghent needs to be started between 1 October 2021 and 28 February 2022.
  • At least 24 months of locally funded research stay in the South must be scheduled in between the first and last research stay in Ghent.


The Research Council makes a selection of the applications based in part on the recommendations obtained from members of the Council for Development Cooperation.

Please consult the call documents regarding the importance and definition of development relevance.

Selection criteria

  • the qualifications of the applicant
  • the relevance of the research topic for development & capacity building
  • the doctoral project

(including the scientific/scholarly potential of the promoter’s research group(s); including the partnership between Ghent University and the local institute; the scientific/scholarly potential of the local institute).

How to Apply?

  • Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail to [email protected]
  • The Ghent University supervisor must submit the following 2 documents:
    • An advice on the candidate, stating the supervisor’s opinion on the capability of the candidate as a future researcher.
    • An advice on the ethical and biosafety context of the proposed research project

Application Deadline

4 February 2021

For more details, click the link below.

Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships 2021

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