Doctoral Scholarships

The doctoral scholarships for developing countries is a fully funded scholarship aim to support outstanding candidates who want to study at Ghent University in Belgium. Details on all you need to know about this opportunity are all here.

Opportunity Detail

Gender: Male, Female

Level: PH.D

Eligible Region/Countries: Developing countries

Medium of Instruction: English

Opportunity ID: 11610

Funding Type: Fully Funded

Duration: 2 years

Opportunity Description

With funding from its “Special Research Fund,” (BOF). Ghent University offers Ph.D. “sandwich” scholarships to deserving students from developing countries who prefer to conduct half of their research at Ghent University (the “North”) and the other half at a university in a developing country (the “South”)

While Ghent University only finances the portion of the research that will be undertaken in Ghent, the candidate must secure full-time funding for the other 24 months of research to be conducted in the South (24 months).

Scholarship type: Fully funded

Degree Level: Doctoral Degree

Host University: Ghent University

Location: Belgium

Deadline: N/A

Eligible Regions: Afghanistan,

  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,
  • Cuba,
  • Angola,
  • Zimbabwe,
  • Armenia,
  • Ecuador,
  • Bangladesh,
  • Bolivia,
  • Peru,
  • Benin,
  • Cabo Verde,
  • Suriname,
  • Bhutan,
  • Cameroon,
  • South Africa,
  • Burkina Faso,
  • Congo,
  • Burundi,
  • Cote d’Ivoire,
  • Cambodia,
  • Egypt,
  • Central African Republic,
  • Eswatini,
  • Chad,
  • El Salvador,
  • Comoros,
  • Georgia,
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo,
  • Ghana,
  • Djibouti,
  • Guatemala,
  • Eritrea,
  • Honduras,
  • Ethiopia,
  • India,
  • Gambia,
  • Indonesia,
  • Guinea,
  • Jordan,
  • Guinea-Bissau,
  • Kenya,
  • Haiti,
  • Kosovo,
  • Kiribati,
  • Kyrgyzstan,
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic,
  • Micronesia,
  • Lesotho,
  • Moldova,
  • Liberia,
  • Mongolia,
  • Madagascar,
  • Morocco,
  • Malawi,
  • Nicaragua,
  • Mali,
  • Nigeria,
  • Mauritania,
  • Pakistan,
  • Mozambique,
  • Papua New Guinea,
  • Myanmar,
  • Philippines,
  • Nepal,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Niger,
  • Syrian Arab Republic,
  • Rwanda,
  • Tajikistan,
  • Sao Tome and Principe,
  • Tokelau, Senegal,
  • Tunisia,
  • Sierra Leone,
  • Ukraine,
  • Solomon Islands,
  • Uzbekistan,
  • Somalia,
  • Vanuatu,
  • South Sudan,
  • Vietnam,
  • Sudan,
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip,
  • Tanzania,
  • Timor-Leste,
  • Togo,
  • Tuvalu,
  • Uganda,
  • Yemen and
  • Zambia

Duration: Ghent University will only sponsor the part of the research that will take place in Ghent (24 months); the candidate must acquire full-time funding for the remaining 24 months of research in the South.

  • Students must begin and conclude their studies in Ghent with a 3 to 12-month research stay.
  • Between October 1, 2023, and February 29, 2024, the first research stay in Ghent must begin.
  • Between the first and last research stays in Ghent, at least 24 months of locally sponsored research must be scheduled in the South.

Exemptions from the required mobility scheme:

  • An exception to the mobility scheme may be requested by applicants who can show that they are unable to begin their four-year Ph.D. research with a research stay in Ghent because the southern partner university/research center requires successful completion of a Ph.D. study program in their university before beginning further research activities.
  • Candidates who can prove they have successfully completed a full-time funded Ph.D. research appointment or Ph.D. study period (of up to 12 months) at the partner university or research center in the South may ask to include this time in the necessary 24 months of locally funded research stay in the South.
  • UGent will determine if this pre-financing period may be counted toward the required 48 months of funding (24 months from South and 24 months from Ghent University).

By January 17, 2023, applicants who wish to make use of this exception must request approval from the Ghent University research administration (Special Research Fund, email to

The applicant must clearly justify their request and provide all required documentation. In order to be able to “concentrate full-time on their Ph.D. research,” they must be able to show that during this time they will have a “full-time salary/income” and will be “sufficiently freed from other tasks.”

Benefits of the Doctoral Scholarships:

  • A monthly tuition fee of EURO 310 will be paid.
  • The grant will be EURO 8000, which will cover operating costs as well as the travel expenses for the Ghent university promoter, local promoters, and students.

Eligibility Criteria for the Doctoral Scholarships:

  • Candidates must be from a developing country and hold the nationality of that country (mentioned above)
  • The candidate, a supervisor (promoter) at Ghent University, and a supervisor at the partner university must all submit proposals together
  • Although there are no constraints on the research field, priority will be given to themes that are relevant to development.
  • Only degree students (those planning to pursue a combined PhD at Ghent University) are eligible to apply.
  1. This scholarship is unavailable to exchange students.
  • Ghent University wishes to encourage more female researchers to apply for this scholarship. As a result, a supervisor from Ghent University can support two candidates per call if they are of different genders.
Required Documents for the Doctoral Scholarships:
  1. Application Form
  2. An advice on the candidate, stating the supervisor’s opinion on the capability of the candidate as a future researcher.
  3. An advice on the ethical and biosafety context of the proposed research project
How to apply for Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships in Belgium?

You can submit all the required documents (in English) to the email address mentioned below.

Submission Email:

Result Announcement: The results of the selection will be announced online beginning on May 24, 2023.

Final report: within three months of the grant’s expiration, an electronic copy of the final scientific or scholarly report must be delivered to This email contains the promoter and co-promoter (if appropriate) (either as sender or in CC).


Please refer to Ghent University’s website for further information about Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships.




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