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Fully Funded Doctoral Scholarships at Ghent University 2020

Fully Funded Doctoral Scholarships at Ghent University 2020

Country: Belgium
City: Ghent
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Applications are now open for fully funded Doctoral Scholarships at Ghent University 2020. With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF), Ghent University grants Ph.D. scholarships to promising Ph.D. students. Scholars are generally from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their Ph.D. research at Ghent University and half in a university in a developing country.

Each year the Flemish government allocates research funds to Ghent University so as to implement the Flemish Government Resolution of December 21, 2012. Ghent University wishes to support the university research groups or research center with the aim to grow into an excellent research center by upgrading the research personnel.


  • The earliest starting date of the scholarship at Ghent University is 1 October 2020;
  • The candidate obtains a scholarship for 24 months to study at Ghent University (Nord);
  • 24 months of the Ph.D. research/study must be cofinanced at the partner university in the South;
  • Students are obliged to divide the Ghent University scholarship into a minimum of 2 different research stays in Ghent (North). And needs to return at least once to their home university (South)  in between (= ‘sandwich- schedule’);
  • The following mobility scheme is mandatory.
    • Students need to start and end with a research stay of a minimum 3 up to a maximum of 12 months in Ghent.
    • The first research stay in Ghent needs to start between 1 October 2020 and 28 February 2021.
    • 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.


  • Ph.D. scholarship at Ghent University  (24 months).
  • 24 months of Ph.D. research will be executed at the partner university in the South. For which, no funding is provided through this scholarship. This part of the research must be funded at the partner institution in the South.
  • 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. Also, a part of the traveling costs of the student and both the Ghent University and the local promoter.


  • The proposals must be jointly submitted by a candidate, a promoter (supervisor) at Ghent University and a supervisor at the partner university.
  • No restrictions are imposed on the field of research, nevertheless, preference will be given to topics that are relevant for the development
  • Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country (see country list);
  • There must be:
    • a guarantee that the candidate will be able to work fulltime on the Ph.D. project for a period of 24 months
  • This implies that the following conditions need to be fulfilled. There must be:
    • a local Ph.D. supervisor at the partner university or research center in the South;
    • a statement stating that the candidate will be/is either a funded fulltime Ph.D. student or a staff member. Also, will be sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments to be able to fully concentrate on the Ph.D. research in the South. Further, applicants can dedicate a maximum 10 % of their time (fulltime appointment) to other tasks (teaching and other tasks)
    • similarly, a statement should also mention that the candidate receives a local Ph.D. scholarship. Or, salary for a period of 24 months when working on the Ph.D. at the partner university in the South.
    • This funding is only open for students who intend to obtain a (joint ) Ph.D. degree at Ghent University

Application Process

Applications must be submitted on the application forms provided for this purpose.

The Research Council makes a selection of the applications. They depend on the recommendations from members of the Council for Development Cooperation while making a selection.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline04 February,2020
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerGhent University
Contact the organizerhttps://webmail.ugent.be/



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