Research Award for African Women in Science The Open Doors Fellowship Program in Belgium 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on November 29, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Agriculture and Related Sciences, Biology, Biotechnology, Ecology
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Expenses covered

    Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Technologiepark 122 (AA Tower – 4th Floor) 9052 Ghent (Zwijnaarde) Belgium Tel.: +32 9 292 80 44 Email: [email protected]

To award the African Women in Science, the International Plant Biotechnology Outreach offers the Open Doors Fellowship Program that will give impact their research careers and a well-designed fellowship intended for women who want to advance their Ph.D. degree for the academic year 2023-2024.

About the Open Doors Fellowship Program 

The Open Doors Fellowship Program for Women researchers in Africa is an all-encompassing system that will target ladies researchers in Africa to assist them with securing the vital hard and delicate abilities to reinforce their positions inside their facilitating establishments and, at last, stay away from the dropout before their consolidation period. Making a mindfulness culture inside their facilitating foundations about enrolling women, supporting them along their residency track, and adjusting arrangements is likewise central to forestalling ladies’ dropouts from STEM research and guaranteeing the young generations of mentors and good examples for the more youthful age of researchers.

The program means to address the necessities of early and mid-career ladies researchers researching at international research focus and colleges in agricultural-related fields in agro-biotechnology, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, chemical ecology, and plant, and soil health. The fellows ought to be currently firing up or solidifying their research groups whether or not they stand firm on a venture-based research situation.

Scholarship Provider: UGent-VIB International Plant Biotechnology Outreach

About the Provider

The UGent-VIB International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (VIB-IPBO) is a non-benefit scientific organization laid out in 2000 as an organization of the Vlaams Instituut Voor Biotechnologie (VIB), a world-driving life sciences research establishment situated in Flanders (Belgium), and Ghent University (UGent). Throughout recent years, the VIB-IPBO’s Vision is to ‘add to the participatory commitment of agricultural networks and nearby actors in LDE to new practical agricultural frameworks, to empower a healthy planet with sound social, financial, cultural and natural developments.

Their goal is to add to ousting a portion of the fundamental boundaries distinguished in moving agro-biotechnological advancements and information to advance food and nourishment security among ladies and men smallholder ranchers at all created economies (LDE). The principal objective of VIB-IPBO is to advance scientific advances in agriculture by improving researchers’ and specialized specialists’ abilities by cultivating scientific collaboration among African and Belgian organizations and creating empowering strategies for innovation trade. Consequently, our 2021-2030 Mission centers around ‘turning into a reference accomplice to speed up the bilateral EU-Africa international scientific collaboration on agro-biotechnology, towards advancing and trading setting significant scientific information and innovations for practical agriculture.

Annually, they offer programs to help African Citizens to achieve their academic and professional development. They have training programs that ensure every student will advance in the development of their knowledge to create a new generation of leaders which also concerns the contribution to the African communities. Their international collaborations help them in providing training and programs to the students who needed to excel in their education and with their future advancement career opportunities.

IPBO believes that the best answer for beating stowed away cravings will come from decreasing neediness so that individuals can afford an eating diet wealthy in leafy foods stacked with micronutrients, with better training and consciousness of the importance of healthy nourishment.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Applicant’s Nationality: Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, or South Africa
  • Degree Level: Ph.D. degree
  • Field: Agro-biotechnology, molecular biology, and genetics, microbiology, chemical ecology, plant & soil health, Plant Breeding
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Duration: 20 months
  • Scholarship Awards: Research Awards
  • Renewable: No
  • Offered Annually: Yes
  • Scholarship Country: Belgium


Before submitting an application, students must check the eligibility for the fellowship:

  • Candidates are post-doc female researchers (at least one year in their Ph.D.) or in mid-career positions who experience difficulties to advance in their career way because of restricted admittance to preparing foundations, and international networks. There are no age limits.
  • Scholarship candidates ought to be citizens and occupants in one of the VLIR-UOS scholarship countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda); or workers of an objective organization in one of these countries (candidates outstandingly can have an alternate ethnicity). Candidates from Nigeria will likewise be supported regardless of not being VLIR-UOS scholarship countries through the program.
  • The candidate’s research fields must be related to the eligible fields of the Research Fellowship.
  • Must be supervising the MSc or Ph.D. students and staff.
  • Candidates should have an active work contract in a High Training establishment or an international research focus in any of the countries recorded above for the term of the fellowship duration of 20 months, where they lead research and educate.

Keep in mind that the IPBO expects and anticipates that members should go to every meeting for courses comprising a few days. Participation endorsements might be granted to those members going to all the course’s preparation days or 80% of the lectures when composing support for nonappearance will be given. At the point when the course director demands, the granting of preparing authentications will likewise be bound to the accommodation of class tasks.

Application Process 

Eligible and interested students can apply in an online portal provided by the IPBO at their official website.

Required Documents 

As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Complete application form
  • Motivation letter
  • Three pages of CV
  • Copies of the official transcript of records
  • Diploma
  • List of publications
  • A signed letter from the applicant’s supervisors
  • Signed letters from the Human Resources Office of the applicant’s institution to provide proof of the applicant’s valid contracts
  • Signed letter from the research center in Belgium
  • Proof of residency

All incomplete applications will be receiving an email alert, and the applicants will be given a chance for ten consecutive days to complete their documents, incomplete applications will not be considered for the evaluation and will be automatically rejected.

Scholarship Award

The scholarship will be awarded as a research award to help the development of their professional career.

Application Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until January 10, 2023.

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