PhD scholarships for candidates from developing countries, Ghent University

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PhD scholarships for candidates from developing countries, Ghent University


Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries

With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF), Ghent University grants PhD scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and half in a university in a developing country.

Duration and start date:

  • The earliest starting date of the scholarship at Ghent University is 1 October 2018;
  • The candidate obtains a scholarship for 24 months to study at Ghent university;
  • 24 months of the PhD research/study must be cofinanced at the partner university;
  • Students are obliged to divide the Ghent University 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’);
  • At least 12 months of the research stay in the South must be scheduled after the first BOF funded stay in Ghent (North) (earliest possible starting date of the BOF funding = 1 October 2018).

 Who can apply

Before applying for a PhD scholarship at Ghent university students Always need to find a professor from Ghent University who is willing to act as the supervisor (‘promoter’) of their doctoral research and who agrees to support their application. The best way to do this is by browsing the list of faculties and research topics available on our research directory

  • The proposals must be jointly submitted by a candidate, a promoter 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 development

How to apply

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

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

Deadline: 6 March 2018

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