Belgium Government Scholarships and Traineeship Grants for Developing Countries

BTC Scholarships and Traineeship Grants

Course(s) Offered: Any discipline
Course Level: Graduate (master, phd, internships, travel trips)
Provider: Govt of Belgium
Country to Study in: Applicant's country, Partner countries, Belgium

Scholarship Description
The Government of Belgium through the Belgian Development Agency (BTC) offers a range of Scholarships and Traineeship Grants for citizens of Developing Countries.

Scholarships and internships grants are an essential component of the Belgian development cooperation. Thanks to these scholarships the beneficiaries can 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.

Training, the transfer of knowledge and acquiring skills are essential to enable partner countries to take on their own development and fight poverty. That is why Belgium integrates scholarships and traineeship grants for partner country nationals in its development cooperation. Eligible candidates are invited to apply for the 2012-2013 BTC Scholarships and Traineeship Grants.

Nationals of the 18 partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation qualify for a grant. Nationals of other countries unfortunately do not qualify for a grant of the Belgian Development Cooperation.

Grant holders come from more than 25 countries, but mainly from the 18 partner countries of bilateral cooperation (see 'Eligible groups' below).
  • Maghreb & Palestine: 20%
  • Asia: 11%
  • Latin America: 6%
  • Africa (English speaking): 15%
  • West Africa : 15%
  • Congo, Rwanda, Burundi: 31%
  • Non-partner countries: 2%
Eligible groups
Citizens of the 18 partner countries:
Algeria, Benin, Bolivia, Burundi, DR Congo, Ecuador, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Palestine, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam.

Participating Institutions
Any accredited institution of higher learning in the student's country of origin, in other partner countries or in Belgium.

Fields of study
Fields of training include:
  • Medical and pharmaceutical sciences: 14%
  • Economics: 15%
  • Science and applied science: 18%
  • Education and psychosocial sciences: 12%
  • Agricultural and veterinary sciences: 13%
  • Infrastructure: 14%
  • Law: 3%
  • Energy/ The environment: 6%
  • Other: 2%
Number of awards
Not specified by the provider. However, approximately 120 grants will be awarded each year. Priority will be given to study or training in one of the areas focused on by Belgian cooperation (see 'Fields of study' above).

Sponsorship duration
The study scholarship grants are mainly awarded for the financing of university training of the 2nd cycle. In general, these scholarships last 1 or 2 academic years.

Mixed doctorate scholarships are mainly awarded to doctorate/PhD students. This kind of scholarship covers a stay of 16 months in Belgium, which the scholarship student will use for his research (16 months to be divided in 4 stays over a duration of maximum four years).

The internships, with an average stay in Belgium of 1 to 6 months, are usually awarded to experts working in the cooperation field.

Scholarship benefits
These grants offer the possibility to different actors to increase their professional competencies and capacities through university (master and doctorate) studies or through internships and travel trips. These opportunities are offered in the country of origin, in other partner countries or in Belgium.

The purpose of study visits is to enable partners working in the cooperation field to discover a relevant Belgian branch of activity or public sector.

Method of Application
To apply, you need to contact the Belgian embassy in your country. You can find the addresses on the website of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.

You can also contact the country office of BTC. You can find those addresses on the Contact page of the official website (link found below).

Application deadline is 1st March 2013

The Belgian development agency, BTC, mobilises its resources and its expertise to eliminate poverty in the world. BTC contributes to the efforts of the international community and works towards a society that provides present and future generations with sufficient resources to build a sustainable and fair world.

Application Deadline: 1 March 2013
Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Partner Countries)

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