Africa Platform of Ghent University Association Research Fellowships Application 2024

Are you an African researcher looking to broaden your academic and professional horizons? The Africa Platform of GAP is accepting applications for its 2024 Short Stay Research Fellowships.

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This initiative fosters academic collaboration between GAP and African academic institutions.

About the Fellowship

GAP hosts five visiting research fellows annually. Successful candidates will spend at least two weeks at Ghent University or one of its associated University Colleges at any time during 2024.

The visiting scholars are expected to actively participate in the research unit’s academic activities, including giving at least one seminar or lecture to fellow researchers and students.

Therefore, having an excellent command of English or French is essential.

Fellowship Benefits

The fellowship includes a €1,000 grant and one round-trip flight ticket. The grant is designed to cover or contribute towards accommodation, travel, and living expenses for a minimum stay of two weeks.

Visiting scholars will also have access to office space and other facilities, such as the university library.

It should be noted that the fellowship may not fully cover all the costs associated with the research stay, and candidates may need to source additional research funding.

Eligibility Criteria

This fellowship is open to postdoctoral researchers (including junior and senior lecturers and professors) affiliated with an African higher education or research institution.

In 2024, only applicants affiliated with universities in the following countries (Cluster 1) will be considered:

  • Benin,
  • Burkina Faso,
  • Cameroon,
  • Chad,
  • Central African Republic,
  • Congo,
  • Côte d’Ivoire,
  • DR Congo,
  • Egypt,
  • Equatorial Guinea,
  • Gabon,
  • Gambia,
  • Ghana,
  • Guinea,
  • Guinea-Bissau,
  • Liberia,
  • Libya,
  • Mali,
  • Mauretania,
  • Morocco,
  • Niger,
  • Nigeria,
  • Senegal,
  • Sierra Leone,
  • South Sudan,
  • Sudan,
  • Togo,
  • Tunisia,
  • Western-Sahara.

Selection Criteria

The selection procedure will take into account:

  • The candidate’s profile, including CV and scientific achievements (25%)
  • The feasibility, motivation, and academic quality of the research plan (25%)
  • The added value/sustainability of the research stays on future departmental and institutional collaboration (50%)
  • Preference will be given to new collaborations and interdisciplinary forms of research.

How to Apply

  • Applications should be in English or French and submitted by email to as one PDF file no later than October 1, 2024.
  • The application form should include personal information, a cover letter, a research plan, a budget, a list of the three most significant publications, and the signatures of the applicant and the Ghent University promotor.

For more information about the fellowship and the application process, visit the official webpage of the Short Stay Research Fellowships.


This is a remarkable opportunity to advance your research career, network with international peers, and contribute to academic collaboration between African institutions and Ghent University.

Don’t miss out on this chance to make your mark in your field of study.

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