Ghent University Special Research Fund (BOF), provides PhD “sandwich” scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries wishing to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University (‘North’) and half at a university in a developing country (‘South’). Ghent University only finances the part of the research that will be carried out in Ghent (24 months). The candidate must have full-time funding for the other 24 months of research to be carried out in the South. Applications are open now!
The University of Ghent is offering Special Research Fund-Doctoral Scholarships for Developing Countries. Ghent University Scholarships are available for PhD students who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and half at a university in a developing country.
- 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 + € 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.
Level and Area of Studies
Research doctoral program in any field.
Place of Study
The research program will be taken both in Belgium and in the candidate’s local research institution in the developing countries.
Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible for the Ghent University Special Research Fund-Doctoral Scholarships:
- Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – one of the selected developing countries (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) can apply. Exchange students cannot apply for this scholarship;
- This program is meant for students at the beginning of their PhD. To a limited extent, PhD students are allowed to have already completed preliminary research. At the time the fellowship starts (1/10/2024), a minimum of 36 months of doctoral research must still be required to complete the PhD;
- 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 both of a different gender.
This scholarship program is specially available the citizens of developing countries.
- Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically to BOFapplication@ugent.be.
- In addition to the application form, the Ghent University supervisor must also 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
Deadline scholarship applications: 20 February 2024