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VLIR-UOS Sustainable Development and Global Justice (SUSTJUSTICE) Postgraduate Scholarships 2020/2021 for Students from Developing Countries

The University of Antwerp Law Faculty’s Law and Development Research Group will be running a post-graduate certificate programme on “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE) from 10 February to 30 April 2020.

Application Deadline: 15th October 2019

Eligible Countries:

  • VLIR-UOS Countries are eligible for scholarships. Self-funded applicants from other countries of the world may apply.
  • Check the last updated eligible VLIR-UOS Countries here

To be Taken at (Country): Belgium

About the Award: SUSTJUSTICE is a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. It builds upon four editions (2016-2019) of the Sustainable Development and Human Rights Programme (SUSTLAW). SUSTJUSTICE is embedded into the English Master of Laws (LLM) taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp. 

The programme combines it’s primary focus on law with a inter-disciplinary approachthat takes into account the complex nature of the topic. Additionally, it brings together the knowledge and exptertise of the Global South and the Global North for a unique educational experience. SUSTJUSTICE is comprised of four compulsory courses: International Law and Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Global Justice, Law in Developing Countries and External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment. In a period of 11 intensive weeks, the teaching combines theoretical insights in the classroom with practical assignments such as role-plays, negotiations, moot-courts and writing assignments such as policy briefs and short academic papers. This methodology is aimed at preparing the participants to be change-catalysts in their professional life and in their communities.  

Type: Short course


  • SUSTJUSTICE is a post-graduate level programme and the completion of bachelor-level education is an entry requirement.
  • Participants will be selected on the basis of their previous and current studies or practice(attesting to a basic knowledge of human rights and international law) as well as their demonstrated interest as attested by a personal statement of motivation addressing how they envisage the ITP to impact their professional life, career development as well as their current institution and the societies in which they live.
  • The applicants will also be asked to provide a letter of recommendation from their current or former institution. Scholarship applicants should be employed at the time of selection and will be asked to provide a proof of employment and a letter from their current employer confirming re-integration in a professional context after the completion of the programme.

Number of Awards: 12

Value of Award: A limited number of scholarships have been awarded to successful applicants from VLIR-UOS list of developing countries for previous editions of the programme. The scholarships cover the programme fees, travel expenses, visa costs, insurance and an allowance (that cover accommodation and daily expenses). The list of VLIR-UOS countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for a scholarship are listed below.

Duration of Award: 3 months

How to Apply:


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