Few students consider Belgium (aka Flanders) an option to study in. However, and surprising to many, the Belgium government funds and facilitates academic cooperation and exchange between higher education institutions in Belgium and in developing countries.
The Belgium government awards scholarships to international students as part of its development cooperation aimed at building capacity, knowledge and experience for sustainable development. Several scholarship programs in Belgium for international students from developing and non-developing countries have existed for a long time.
Study & Scholarships has compiled them for those wishing to study or undertake training in Belgium. This is ONLY a guide for applicants.You may want to see our other Scholarship Lists.
Belgian Government grants/scholarships for international students
- VLIR-UOS Scholarship programmes
VLIR-UOS Scholarship programmes are for citizens of developing countries. VLIR-UOS offers scholarships to students and professionals from one of 54 scholarship countries to follow courses in Flanders as well as PhD scholarships. These countries are spread across Africa, Asia and Latin-America. All programmes are targeted at helping to develop these countries.
- VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships
VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 54 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training or master programme at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium. The training and master programmes are taught in English. They are designed to enable graduates to assume positions of responsibility in their country of origin.
This is a FULL COST scholarship covering all related expenses. It covers allowance, travel costs, accommodation, insurance, tuition fees, and other program related costs.
Deadline is around 1st February every year...read more.
- VLIR-UOS Short Training Scholarships
Short Training Initiatives are intensive practical trainings of minimum one and maximum two weeks on a development oriented subject at Flemish universities and university colleges. The trainings are recognized and funded by VLIR-UOS.
There is no open call for short training scholarships. In case you are interested in participating in a Short Training Initiative, you can contact the organizer...read more.
- Short Research Stays
The programme Short Research Stays (SRS) offers scholarships to PhD holders from developing countries for research stays of maximum 90 days in Belgium. The selected candidates will receive a scholarship for a minimum stay of one month and a maximum of 90 days, including a plane ticket. The Flemish professor who accompanies the scholar will receive a monthly bench fee.
The call for applications Short Research Stays 2013 is open until 25 October 2013.
- ICP PhD Scholarships
With the ICP PhD programme VLIR-UOS grants every year ten PhD scholarships to excellent Master graduates from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have studied in a VLIR-UOS funded international master course (ICP) in Flanders and wish to make a PhD at a Flemish university...read more.
- VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarships
- CIUF - CUD Scholarships Program in Belgium for Developing Countries
The University Commission for Development (CUD) / CIUF grants 150 scholarships for participation into the masters courses and 70 for participation into the training programmes. Only applicants originating in developing countries qualify for selection. Participating institutions are universities and academic institutions in Belgium...read more.
- BTC Scholarships and Traineeship Grants for Developing Countries (Bilateral grants - The DGD)
Scholarships and internship grants are an essential component of the Belgian development cooperation. Through them, beneficiaries strengthen their competencies and professional capacities, either through university studies (masters and PhDs) or through internships and study trips. Training is provided in the country of origin, in another partner country or in Belgium. Approximately 120 grants are awarded each year...read more.
See also Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) Scholarships
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programs in Belgium
Belgian Universities participate in several study programs funded by the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships. By this, these universities enable international students to undertake participating Erasmus Mundus study programs for free. You may want to go through the complete list of Erasmus Mundus Master Courses and PhD Courses. To access Erasmus Mundus funded courses conducted in Belgium, you NEED to search through the list of Masters Course and PhD Courses...read more.
Grants and scholarships offered by Belgian schools and universities
- K.U. Leuven Science Scholarships for International Students
The Faculty of Science of the K.U.Leuven and its Alumni Association Science@Leuven announce the Science@Leuven Scholarship. Motivated and talented international students, interested in participating in an international master programme of the Faculty of Science of the KU Leuven are invited to apply for this scholarship...read more.
- IRO Doctoral Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries
As one of its contributions to development co-operation, K.U. Leuven offers each academic year scholarships to deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD in the largest university in Flanders, Belgium...read more.
- UGent Masters Grants and Scholarships for Developing Countries
The Ghent University Board of Directors provides special measures to offer postgraduate scholarships to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master's degree at Ghent University. The master scholarships are awarded for the duration of the studies, aiming at the delivery of a Ghent University diploma after maximum 2 years of study. There will be no new call for 2014-2015 for the Master Grants...read more.
- UGhent Doctoral Scholarships for Developing Countries
University of Gent grants PhD scholarships to promising doctoral 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.
- Liege University Scholarships for International Students
Liege University offers scholarships for both EU and non EU students who wish to study a Master’s Degree at the University. The scholarship includes monthly allowance for the duration of the studies, travel costs, and enrolment fees.
- Scholarships for Masters in International and Developmental Economics
The objective of the programme is to train students in international and development economics and help them become qualified actors in the field of economic development and poverty reduction in the context of an integrated world economy...read more.
- Université Catholique de Louvain - Conseil des relations internationales
UCL uses its own funds to offer medical specialization grants (FR) and refresher course grants ("scientific research grants"(FR) to 3rd cycle graduates (PhD) of UCL or to researchers from a university in a developing country that has had a collaboration agreement with UCL.)
UCL also awards a limited number of PhD grants to doctoral students from developing countries, based on a competitive examination. UCL does not award grants to international students wishing to follow Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programmes (including Advanced Master’s)...read more.
Other related awards in Belgium
- Royal Museum for Central Africa
The Royal Museum of Central Africa offers a programme of courses.
The research areas of the museum: cultural anthropology, geology and mineralogy, African zoology and history. Scholarship Application Deadline is 1st September every year
- Institute for Tropical Medicine
The Institute for Tropical Medicine offers a certain number of study grants to nationals from developing countries. Scholarship Application Deadline is 1st March every year
- The French-speaking community
The French-speaking community of Belgium offers study grants to students of limited means. These grants are also available (see conditions below) for Turkish nationals and nationals from developing countries (see OECD list). Scholarship Application Deadline is 31st October every year
- The Flemish-speaking community
For enrolling in a college recognised and subsidised by the Flemish Region.
Scholarship Application Deadline is 31st October every year
- The German-speaking community
Teacher training or nursing studies (the German-speaking community does not have other higher education establishments). Scholarship Application Deadline is 1st October every year
- Scholarships through NGOs
Scholarships and training grants are awarded in the context of the cooperation agreement between the Belgian NGO and its partner following a request from the partner. The Belgian NGO welcomes and supervises the grant holder in Belgium. However, it plays no role in selecting grant applicants. This is why it is not advisable to contact an NGO in Belgium. Partners in the south identify prospective grant holders among their colleagues depending on the work of their organisation.
The Sponsorship Duration is Generally 2 years maximum
- APEC (Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center)
Applicants residing in partner countries with which the Flemish Government has signed framework agreements are eligible for a grant to study on the seminars organised by APEC. Areas Covered include Port-related activities
- NATO Scholarship Description
For Science and technology.
Application conditions: Applicants must be nationals of partner Mediterranean Dialogue countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia); Applications must be made jointly by a scientist from a member country and from a partner country. Scholarship Application Deadline varies depending on project