The aim is to give students the opportunity to conduct PhD research in a ‘sandwich’ system, which means that 50% of the research takes place at KU Leuven and 50% at the home institution of the scholar, supported by a local co-promoter. The PhD-degree is awarded by KU Leuven. It is the oldest university of the Low Countries. The scholarships are offered to excellent proposals that deal with a development-relevant research topic, preferably linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Eligible African Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
* The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries indicated in the VLIR-UOS scholarship country list.
* The applicant may not possess a citizenship from an EU country. The applicant may not possess a long-term EU residence permit.
* The candidate’s latest master’s degree must have been awarded no more than ten years prior to October 1st (including the ongoing calendar year).
* The candidate must hold an academic qualification at least equivalent to a high distinction. Degrees obtained with a final score equivalent to second class second/lower division will not be taken into consideration.
* The research project must have excellent academic quality, with a special focus on the development relevance of the proposal.
* The research project must have a clear time frame in which it is indicated how the research periods at KU Leuven and at the home institution alternate (one has to alternate a maximum of 12 months at the home institution with a maximum of 12 months at KU Leuven).
* The candidate must be formally affiliated to a university in the home country as an employee. In case the candidate has no such affiliation yet, he/she is eligible to apply to this scholarship programme but will only be granted the scholarship once such an affiliation is obtained.
* The applicant’s home university must demonstrate sufficient support for the doctoral project, guaranteeing that the candidate can dedicate himself/herself sufficiently to conducting doctoral research during the periods spent at that home institution.
* Candidates who are already enrolled as PhD-students at KU Leuven and who are financed by KU Leuven are not eligible for this programme. However, they might be eligible for the IRO PhD Scholarships.
* Candidates, who have been employed before in an EEA-country other than Belgium, are not eligible for this scholarship. They may be eligible for the IRO PhD Scholarships though.
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award: The scholarship covers ALL related expenses (full cost).
Duration of Program: The Doctoral programmes will last for one or two academic years while the shorter predoctoral programmes will last 14 to 90 days.
How to Apply: Visit link below.