Ghent University Scholarships for PhD Students from Developing Countries

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Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships for 2024 are now open for applications. This prestigious scholarship program, supported by Ghent University’s “Special Research Fund” (BOF), offers a unique “sandwich” PhD opportunity.

It’s designed for exceptional PhD students from developing countries who are keen to split their research time between Ghent University in Belgium (‘North’) and a university in their home country (‘South’). This scheme is an excellent opportunity for those looking to expand their research experience across continents.

Scholarship Overview

The scholarship focuses on a “sandwich” model:

  • Duration: The scholarship covers a 24-month period at Ghent University.
  • The bench fee: Ghent University promoter receives €310 per month for research in Ghent and an €8,000 travel budget.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships, candidates must:

  • Be a national of one of the selected developing countries. See the country list here.
  • Jointly submit proposals with a supervisor at Ghent University and a supervisor at the partner university in the South.
  • Research fields are open, with a preference for development-relevant topics.
  • Be a degree student aiming for a (joint) PhD at Ghent University. Exchange students are not eligible.
  • Be at the early stages of their Ph.D., with a minimum of 36 months of research remaining at the start of the fellowship.

Note: Ghent University encourages female researchers to apply. A Ghent University supervisor can support a maximum of two candidates per call, provided they are of different genders.

Application Process

The application process involves several steps:


The Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships offer a remarkable opportunity for talented researchers from developing countries.

It’s not just a scholarship; it’s a bridge connecting diverse academic worlds, fostering global research collaborations and individual growth.

For more detailed information, visit Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships page.

Deadline: February 20, 2024

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