Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries (Fully Funded)

Deadline : February 4, 2020 .  

The Special Research Fund - Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries  call 2020 is now open, 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.

Prior to their scholarship application all applicants need the explicit commitment of a Ghent University professor who will act as their personal PhD supervisor. All international PhD candidates need to complete  an admission procedure during which the academic aspects (equivalence of your degree, research proposal, and language skills) will be evaluated.

Benefits

  • PhD scholarship at Ghent University  (24 months).
  • 24 months of PhD research will be executed at the partner university in the South, for which no funding is provided through this scholarship. This part of the research (24 months) must be funded (e.g. local PhD scholarship or salary) at the partner institution in the South.
  • The Ghent University promoter receives a bench fee of €310/per month of research in Ghent + €8000 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.

Eligibility

  • Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country
  • There must be a guarantee that the candidate will be able to work fulltime on the PhD project for a period of 24 months at the partner university in a selected developing country (South). This implies that the following conditions needs to be fulfilled:
    1. there must be a local PhD supervisor at the partner university or research center in the South;
    2. A written statement is requested stating that the candidate will be/is either a funded fulltime PhD student or a staff member at this partner university
    3. and will be sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments as to be able to fully concentrate on the PhD research in the South. Applicants can dedicate maximum 10 % of their time (fulltime appointment) to other tasks (teaching and other tasks)
    4. This statement should also mention that the candidate receives a local PhD scholarship or salary for a period of 24 months when working on the PhD at the partner university in the South.
  • This cofunding is only open for students who intend to obtain a (joint ) PhD degree at Ghent University

Application

  • Applications must be submitted on the application forms provided for this purpose.
    1. The Research Council makes a selection of the applications based in part on the recommendations obtained from members of the Council for Development Cooperation.
  • Selection criteria will be based on:
    1. the qualifications of the applicant;
    2. the relevance of the research topic for development & capacity building, including the scientific/scholarly potential of the promoter’s research group(s); the partnership between Ghent University and the local institute; the scientific/scholarly potential of the local institute.
    3. the doctoral project (including the scientific/scholarly potential of the promoter’s research group(s); the partnership between Ghent University and the local institute; the scientific/scholarly potential of the local institute).

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For more information, visit Ghent Special Research Fund