Brief description: VLIR-UOS offers Masters & training Scholarships in Belgium for students from Developing countries – 50% of scholarships will be offered to African students and preference will be given for Women. The eligible training or master programmes are taught in English.
Accepted Subject Areas: Only the following English taught courses at Belgian Flemish universities or university colleges are eligible for scholarships:
Master programmes (intake September 2016)
One-year Master programmes
- Development Evaluation and Management.
- Globalisation and Development.
- Governance and Development.
- Human Settlements.
Two-year Master programmes
- Nutrition and Rural Development, main subject: Human Nutrition.
- Physical Land Resources.
- Biology – Specialisation Human Ecology.
- Statistics – Specialisation Biostatistics.
- Environmental Sanitation.
- Food Technology.
- Molecular Biology.
- Water Resources Engineering.
- Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes).
Training programmes (1-4 months)
- Dairy Nutrition.
- Technology for Integrated Water Management.
- Food Safety, Quality Assurance Systems and Risk Analysis.
- Lib@Web: Management of Electronic Information and Digital Libraries.
- Human Rights for Development (‘HR4DEV’).
- Road safety in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Challenges and Strategies for Improvement.
- AudioVisual Learning Materials – Management, Production and Activities (AVLM).
VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries to study for a master or training programme in Flanders, Belgium. VLIR-UOS funds and facilitates academic cooperation and exchange between higher education institutions in Flanders (Belgium) and those in developing countries, which aims at building capacity, knowledge and experience for a sustainable development.
The master programmes focus on specific problems of developing countries. These are designed to enable graduates to share and apply acquired knowledge in the home institution and country. In the shorter training programmes the focus is on transferring skills rather than knowledge, thus creating opportunities for cooperation and networking.
Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified
The following criteria will be taken into account for the selection of candidates for a scholarship:
- Motivation. The candidate who is not able to convincingly motivate his application, is unlikely to be selected for a scholarship.
- Impact. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a higher possibility of generating impact through the transfer of knowledge and extension activities upon return to their home country, to address developmental problems or challenges of the country concerned. Professional experience and employment (perspectives) give a competitive advantage for selection.
- Gender. In case of two equally qualified candidates of different sexes, preference will be given to the female candidate.
- Regional balance. The selection commission tries to ensure that 50% of a programme’s scholarships are granted to candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, provided there is a sufficient number of qualifying candidates from this region.
- Social background. In case of two equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that they belong to a disadvantaged group or area within their country or an ethnic or social minority group, especially when these candidates can provide proof of leadership potential.
You can only apply for a scholarship if you meet the following requisites.
- Be national and resident of one of the 54 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America at the moment of application.
- Age: 40 years* or less for a Master programme or 45 years* or less for a training (* on 1 January of the year of the start of the course).
- Meet the academic admission criteria set by the university or university college, concerning educational background, language proficiency, etc.
- For a Master programme: not have been enrolled in a Master programme (or equivalent) at a Belgian university before (with or without a scholarship).
- Not work in the commercial profit sector, as we target candidates from education and research institutions, the government sector, social economy and NGOs.
- For a training: have relevant professional experience and a written (future) employer’s statement of (re)integration in an employment where the acquired knowledge and skills will be immediately applicable. The statement should also confirm the added value of the training for the candidate and the organization.
- You can only apply for one training or master programme per year.
- You can only be awarded a VLIR-UOS scholarship for a training once. You can only be awarded a VLIR-UOS scholarship for a Master programme once.
Number of Scholarships: VLIR-UOS will award up to 180 scholarships to first-year master students and 70 scholarships to training participants.
Scholarship Benefits: The scholarship covers all related expenses (full cost).
Duration of Scholarship: The master programmes will last for one or two academic years while the shorter training programmes will last one to four months,
Eligible Developing Countries
Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa,
Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam,
Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay
To be taken at (country): Belgium
Application Deadline: The applications will open approximately in October-November 2015 (for Masters) and December 2015 (for training). Deadline varies (depending on the programme of study from January to April 2016)
Offered annually? Yes
How to Apply
Visit Scholarship webpage for more details
Sponsors: The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) responsible actor for the Belgian government
Important Notes: All scholars are obliged to return to their country of origin as soon as possible after the study or training programme has ended. Candidates selected for a VLIR-UOS scholarship will be contacted by VLIR-UOS the latest mid June.