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Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships 2021 for Candidates from Developing Countries

Applications are open for the Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries 2021. Ghent University wishes to support university research groups or research centres in developing countries (South) 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.

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About Ghent University

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Our 11 faculties offer more than 200 courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. Ghent University Global Campus is also the first European university in Songdo, South Korea.


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Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships


Aim and Benefits of Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships

  1. 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.

Requirements for Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships Qualification

  1. Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country.
  2. The proposals must be jointly submitted by a candidate, a supervisor (promoter) at Ghent University and a supervisor at the partner university (South).
  3. No restrictions are imposed on the field of research, nevertheless preference will be given to topics that are relevant for development
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

The following mobility scheme is mandatory:

  1. Students need to start and end with a research stay of 3 -12 months in Ghent.
  2. The first research stay in Ghent needs to be started between October 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022.
  3. 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.

Selection Criteria

  1. The qualifications of the applicant
  2. The relevance of the research topic for development & capacity building
  3. 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).


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Interview date, Process and Venue for Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships

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


Application Deadline

February 4, 2021


How to Apply

  1. Download the application form
  2. The Ghent University supervisor must submit the following 2 documents:
    1. An advice on the candidate, stating the supervisors opinion on the capability of the candidate as a future researcher.
    2. An advice on the ethical and biosafety context of the proposed research project.

Applications must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail to [email protected]

For more details, visit Ghent University website



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