€8000 Ghent University 2023 Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarship for Developing Countries

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $5000 - $7000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

These grants are in the form of a so-called “sandwich” scholarship. The candidate is awarded a scholarship for a maximum of 24 months to work within 48 months on an alternating basis toward the PhD at Ghent University (referred to as the “North”) and at the university or research center in a developing country (referred to as the “South”). The recipient of the scholarship will be eligible to receive a monthly stipend from Ghent University only during the time that they are actively employed there. The remaining parts of the PhD study are carried out at the partner university; however, this scholarship does not cover the costs of this portion of the research. In this component of the PhD research program, students are required to demonstrate that they will receive funding from their home institution (e.g. full-time PhD scholarship or salary).


About the Scholarship Sponsor:

It is generally agreed upon that the Ghent University is one of the most prestigious educational and research institutions that can be found in the Low Countries. In addition to preserving a broad international perspective, the Openness, Commitment, and Pluralism exhibited by the University of Ghent are defining characteristics of this institution. Ghent University is an active participant and collaborator in educational, scientific, and industrial collaboration on both a national and international scale. It is located in Flanders, which is the area of Belgium that speaks Dutch. Flanders is considered to be the cultural and economic center of Europe. At Ghent University, there are over 79 different faculty departments, which are then divided into eleven different faculties. These departments each provide high-quality coursework in their various scientific subjects, all of which are based on cutting-edge research in that particular area.


Students from other countries are actively encouraged to enroll in degree programs, take part in student exchange programs, and go on to earn their doctorates at Ghent University. An exchange student is a student who attends school in one nation while also temporarily residing in another nation for the purpose of participating in an educational exchange program. The University of Ghent offers a student exchange program that can last anywhere from one week to a whole year. The minimum time commitment is one month. The University of Ghent will not provide the exchange student a diploma during their time there. With a total enrollment of 36,000 students and a staff of 9,000, the University of Ghent (UGent) is one of the most prominent research universities in the country of Belgium. Its 11 faculties offer a comprehensive academic portfolio, including courses in every scientific subject, and it invests around 180 million pounds sterling annually, on average, in research. The university is located in the United Kingdom.

It is a source of great pleasure for UGent to be listed among the top universities in the world and to have a reputation that is known all over the world. Both of these factors enable the university to recruit students and faculty members who excel in their respective fields. It has worked side-by-side with a number of people who went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize, such as Joseph Guislain, Walter Fiers, Marc Van Montagu, and Peter Piot. While others, such as astronaut Dirk Frimout and Robert Cailliau, who were both involved in the building of the internet alongside Tim Berners-Lee, have gone on to earn renown as a result of their education at this institution, some of its past pupils have gone on to achieve prominence.

The principal campus of the institution may be found in the neighborhood that is immediately surrounding the central business district of the city. In addition to that, it possesses a campus in Ostend that is located right by the river and serves as the location of the GreenBridge incubator and innovation center. This center undertakes study on the economic potential of the world’s seas and oceans, in addition to providing facilities for new technological businesses. Additionally, the University of Ghent was the first university in all of Europe to be invited to join the Songdo Global University Campus (SGUC) in Incheon, which is located in South Korea. Students from all around the world can enroll in any one of the three bachelor’s degree programs that are offered at UGent, which is one of the 10 universities that share a campus with SGUC. These are programs in food technology, environmental technology, and molecular biotechnology.

Students who decide to make Ghent their home can look forward to being surrounded by the city’s breathtaking architecture, one-of-a-kind public art, and a plethora of bars, clubs, and restaurants during their time there. Ghent is well connected to the rest of Belgium as well as the rest of Europe by train, and the city as a whole has strong connections to other modes of transportation. Because so much of the city can be navigated more easily on two wheels, the vast majority of Ghent’s students opt to go by bicycle rather than by any other mode of transportation.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): Ghent University

Scholarship Country: Belgium

Scholarship Worth: € 8000 

Scholarship Type: Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

A doctoral fellowship at the University of Ghent (in total 24 months).

The promoter from the Ghent University receives a bench fee of € 310 per month of research conducted in Ghent in addition to a travel budget of € 8000 to cover (part of) the operational costs, as well as some of the traveling costs incurred by the student, as well as some of the traveling costs incurred by the Ghent University and the local promoter.


Eligibility for Scholarship

  • Candidates are required to originate from and hold the nationality of a developing country in order to be considered (see country list)
  • A candidate, a supervisor (promoter) at Ghent University, and a supervisor at the partner university are each required to submit a proposal on behalf of the candidate jointly (South)
  • There are no limitations placed on the scope of the research; nevertheless, priority will be given to issues that are important for advancement.
  • The application process is open exclusively to degree students, defined as students who aim to earn a (joint) PhD degree from Ghent University. Students participating in an exchange program are ineligible for this grant.
  • The University of Ghent hopes that a greater number of female researchers will submit applications for this grant. Because of this, a supervisor at Ghent University is only allowed to back a maximum of two candidates per call, and those candidates must be of different genders.

Undergraduates at Leeds University in the United Kingdom can apply for a scholarship for the 2023–2024 school year. In an effort to inspire all students to continue their study, the University of Leeds is looking for exceptional students who can participate in research across the Mathematics department and are inspired to pursue higher education.



The Ghent University 2023 Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarship for Developing Countriesis open to all International Students


Application Procedure

  • The application forms need to be sent to [email protected] through electronic mail (in English) in order to be considered.
  • In addition to the application form, the supervisor from the University of Ghent is required to submit the following two documents:
  • A recommendation on the candidate, indicating the supervisor’s assessment on the candidate’s potential as a future researcher and providing the supervisor’s recommendations.
  • An opinion on the research project’s proposed setting in terms of its ethical and biosafety considerations


Application Deadline

The application deadline for  Ghent University 2023 Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarship for Developing Countries  is February 2, 2023

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