January 11, 2016

Belgium: ARES International Scholarships for Young Professionals from Selected Developing Countries

ARES Scholarships in Belgium

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (Masters, Training)
Provider: CUD
Country to Study in: Belgium

Scholarship Description
The Belgian University Commission for Development (CUD) awards the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES) Scholarships Program for International Masters Courses and Training Programmes to students from Developing Countries to study and train in Belgium.

Within the framework of Belgian policy for development cooperation, Belgian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) prepare graduate masters and training programmes oriented towards young professionals from developing countries. International courses and Training programmes are part of the global study programmes of the HEIs. They are open to all students who satisfy the conditions for qualification, but aim at proposing training units that distinguish themselves by their openness towards specific development issues.

The call for applications for the 2016-2017 ARES Scholarships in Belgium for Developing Countries is currently on-going, and 197 award positions will be given out.

The following criteria will apply for the selection of holders of scholarships:
  • Only applicants originating in developing countries, qualify for selection. To be eligible, candidates must reside and work in their country at the time of the introduction of the file.
  • Only the nationals of the countries listed below are authorized to postulate with the scholarships.
  • At the beginning of the programme, candidates must be less than 40 years old for courses, and less than 45 years old for training programmes.
  • Candidates must be holders of a degree that is comparable to a Belgian University graduate degree (“licence”). However, for certain programmes different rules of admissibility may be defined, and these are specified hereafter, where appropriate.
  • Candidates must show professional experience of at least two years upon termination of their studies. Where candidates are holders of a postgraduate degree delivered by an university of an industrial country, they must show professional experience of at least three years upon termination of their studies.
  • Candidates must have a good knowledge of written and spoken French; for programmes organised in another language, good knowledge, in writing and speaking, of this language, is required. Moreover, the candidate will be asked to commit himself to study French in order to be able to participate in daily life in Belgium.
  • Candidates are not allowed to apply for more than one programme.
Applicants must not first obtain admission to one of the French-speaking universities of Belgium in order to apply for grants from ARES.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following African and developing countries:
Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Haïti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam.

Participating Institutions
Accredited Belgian Higher Education Institutions

Fields of study
The scholarship program is applicable to the below listed subject areas:
  • Master complementary Aquaculture,
  • Master complementary Transport Management,
  • Master in Public Health – Health and Development,
  • Master of Science and supplemental, Environmental Management in Developing Countries,
  • Master complementary Managing animal and plant resources in tropical,
  • Master complementary Managing Natural Hazards,
  • Master complementary Food Science and Technology,
  • Master in Transfusion Medicine, European Microfinance Programme,
  • Master complementary Crop Protection tropical and subtropical,
  • Advanced Master in International and Development Economics,
  • Master in Development, Environment and Society,
  • Master in Public Health Methodology complementary.
Please visit the official website (link to it is below) for the complete list of international courses and training programmes for which there is a possibility of scholarship.

Number of awards
A total of 197 students will receive these awards in the 2016-2017 ARES Scholarships Program. ARES will grant 130 masters and 67 training scholarships.

Sponsorship duration
Scholarship awards are applied throughout the period of study

Method of Application
To apply, download the application form from the official website (link to it is below).

All applications must be completed, and submitted only by Post Mail or Express Mail to ARES on or before the deadline date below. Only applications presented on the appropriate form, and in the language of the programme, will be submitted to the selection committee.

All elements of the file must be transmitted simultaneously. No complementary document will be admitted at a later stage.

All applications and accompanying documents must be submitted to ARES-CCD starting October 5th, 2015 until 10th February 2016

The candidates selected and of reserve will receive an e-mail at the end of the selections (June 2016). The non-selected candidates will receive an e-mail in the end of June 2016.

Within the framework of the Belgian policy for development cooperation, the Minister for Development Cooperation and the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation entrust the Belgian Higher Education Institutions with the preparation of Postgraduate Programmes (Advanced Masters) and Training Programmes that are specifically oriented towards young professionals from developing countries.

Applying for a ARES scholarship is absolutely free of charge. ARES does not charge any fee at any stage of the application or selection process. You may raise any question or concern about persons or companies claiming to be acting on behalf of ARES and requesting the payment of a fee by emailing ARES at the address on their website.

Any application containing cash will be automatically rejected.

Application Deadline: 10 February 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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