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VLIR-UOS Masters (ICP) and Training Scholarships 2019/2020 by Belgium Government for African/Developing Countries

VLIR-UOS offers full Masters Scholarships in Belgium for students from Developing countries – half of this scholarship will be offered to African students and preference will be given for Women. The eligible training or Masters programmes are taught in English.

Application Deadline: Application Deadlines depend on candidate’s chosen programme (See’How to Apply’ link below); deadlines generally between November 2018 – March 2019

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
  • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

To be taken at (country): Belgium

Accepted Subject Areas: Only the following English taught courses at Belgian Flemish universities or university colleges are eligible for scholarships:

  • Master of Human Settlements – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Development Evaluation and Management – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Governance and Development – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Globalization and Development – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019

Two-year programmes

  • Master of Science in Food Technology – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans and Lakes) – Deadline for applications: 28 February 2019
  • Master of Aquaculture (IMAQUA) – Deadline for applications: 1 March 2019
  • Master of Epidemiology – Deadline for applications: 15 February 2019
  • Master of Agro-and Environmental Nematology – Deadline for pre-academic admission: 3 January 2019. Please note you have to send a hard copy of your application and all requested documents to the programme coordinator before 15 January 2019!
  • Master of Rural Development – Deadline for applications: 1 March 2019
  • Master of Statistics – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Water Resources Engineering – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Sustainable Territorial Development – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2019
  • Master of Transportation Sciences and Road Safety in Low & Middle Income Countries – Deadline for applications: 1 March 2019

Training programmes (14-90 days)

About the Award: 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.

Selection Criteria: 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.
  • Professional experience: Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a higher possibility of implementing and/or transferring the newly gained knowledge upon return to the home country.
  • 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.
  • Previously awarded scholarships: Preference will be given to candidates who have never received a scholarship to study in a developed country (bachelor or master).

Eligibility: You can only apply for a scholarship if you meet the following requisites.

  1. Fungibility with other VLIR-UOS funding: A scholarship within the VLIR-UOS scholarship programme is not compatible with financial support within an IUC- or TEAM-project. Candidates working in a university where such projects are being organized, should submit a declaration of the project leader stating that the department where the candidate is employed is not involved in the project.
  2. Age: The maximum age for an ICP candidate is 35 years for an initial masters and 40 years for an advanced masters. The maximum age for an ITP candidate is 45 years. The candidate cannot succeed this age on January 1 of the intake year.
  3. Nationality and Country of Residence: A candidate should be a national and resident of one of the 31 countries of the VLIR-UOS country list for scholarships (not necessarily the same country) at the time of application.
  4. Professional background and experience: VLIR-UOS gives priority to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, social economy or NGO’s, or aim a career in one of these sectors. However, also candidates employed in the profit sector (ICP and ITP) or newly graduated candidates without any work experience (ICP) can be eligible for the scholarship. The ITP candidate should have relevant professional experience and a support letter confirming (re)integration in a professional context where the acquired knowledge and skills will be immediately applicable.
  5. Former VLIR-UOS scholarship applications and previously awarded scholarships: A candidate can only submit one VLIR-UOS scholarship application per year, irrespectively of the scholarship type. As a consequence, a candidate can only be selected for one VLIR-UOS scholarship per year.
  6. The ICP candidate has never received a scholarship from the Belgian government to attend a master programme or equivalent or was never enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution to attend a master programme or equivalent before January 1 of the intake year

Number of Awardees: VLIR-UOS will award up to 180 scholarships to first-year master students and 70 scholarships to training participants.

Value of Scholarship: 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 14 to 90 days.

How to Apply: 

  • To apply for a scholarship, you first need to apply for the training or Master programme.
  • To apply for a training or Master programme, visit the website of the training or Master programme of your interest. Follow the guidelines for application for the programme as mentioned on its website.
  • In the programme application, you can mention whether you wish to apply for a scholarship. In case you do,  the programme coordinator forwards your application to VLIR-UOS.
  • Applications submitted by the candidates to VLIR-UOS directly will not be considered!

Visit Scholarship Webpage for more details

Sponsors: The Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) responsible actor for the Belgian government

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15 Comments
  1. abebe says

    I AM ABEBE FROM ETHIOPIA.I AM A BA DEGREE HOLDER IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS FROM ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN 2006.NOW I AM A PROJECT INITIATIVE EXPERT IN THE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.I AM HARD WORKER AND VERY KIND.I WANT TO DO MY POST GRADUATE DEGREE IN ANY SOCIAL SCIENCE FIELDS.BUT FOR THIS THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA CHANCE FOR ME IS A FREE SCHOLARSHIP CHANCE.SO, WOULD YOU HELP ME IN PROVIDING THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR ME? is there any possibility to get your tuition free scholarship chance? THANK YOU VERY MUCH

  2. Tiratu Belay says

    how can i get scholarship?

  3. YITBAREK ABAY GIDEY says

    This is yitbarek abay from Ethiopia. I have BSc degree in Environmental health officer which is one of the basic component of public health. I am working for the government with my profession since i graduate from Haramaya University in 2006. I have almost six years of profesional work experience. stil n ow, i don’t get an apportuanity to upgrade my career. Therefore, if i get a chance with a free and full scholarship, i would be happy to pursue my MSc programme in Belgium. So, please help me to upgrate my career to serve my people better.

    I can be reached by via email address [email protected]

    I am looking forward to hear a response from you.
    Thank you so much for your great help!!

    Yitbarek Abay
    Adis Abeba – Ethiopia

  4. mustofa adem says

    hello there am mustofa adem from ethiopia. i have first degree in automotive technology and two years teaching experience in gov,t polytech college.now looking any technical training and scholarship to upgrade my profession.
    thank you for any cooperation

  5. Vicky says

    I am victor,, a Nigerian seeking masters scholarships for 2013;;how can i get it,,i studied biochemistry in Nigeria

  6. Teferi Tesfaw says

    It is Assem from Ethiopia graduated with a BSc degree in Agriculture, Plant Science and working for the past 14 years in a commission and NGO. I am really a hard worker and instusistic for each issue Hoever, currently I would like to upgrade my professional qualification to MSC level in any developemental areas but unable to cover my tuition fee. becasue I do have my two lovely son and daughter and I cannot afford my educational expense and their monthly expenses. Hence please consider my interest to help the poor after I upgrade my qualification through your Scholarship support.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Simeneh Moges says

      Nice Vision! keep strong & one day ,u will win the scholarship OK!

  7. salamatu Abdullah Etubi says

    How can I get a scholarship to study my undergraduant program over there?

  8. Philemon J.O says

    Please, is there a scholarship for undergraduates studying Agriculture?

  9. zephaniaS. ndaro says

    I am requesting if there is scholarship opportunities for Master of Science in Agricultural Economics so that I ca develop my caree as I have graduated a Bachelor degree of Science in Agricultural Economics ang Agribusiness at Sokoine university of Agriculture in Tanzania.I am a Tanzania citizen.I can be reached through my e-mail [email protected]

  10. Soyemi Oluwakemi Akorede says

    my name Oluwakemi Soyemi. I have Bsc in Nutrition and Dietetics, but now I wish to further more in order to obtain my second degree which is Msc in Nutrition but my parent are not financially strengthened to send me. please I need you to help me with scholarship. And I promise that when I obtain my MSC I will use it to help people who are dying due to lack of knowledge in Nutrition and also use it to develop my great nation Nigeria, and Africa as a whole also to the nation.

  11. Peter Fahn says

    Thanks to the government and people of Belgium for the generous offers extended to Africans and other nationals to study in your country. But could you kindly add my country Liberia in order to benefit from this opportunity. For example, I want to study my master’s degree in environmental science and sanitation or just any related fields in the environment, but my country is not eligible.

  12. Gebrehiwot Berhe says

    dear/sir i am so glad if your org. gives me a chance of MS

  13. Geremu Gecho says

    I am Mr. Geremu from Arba Minch', Gamo Gofa, Ethiopia It is my pleasure to write this comment to the official website of VLIR-UOS, I am always looking to your scholarship positions listed in your web and applying too Therefore as I have understand the requirements Hopping; I am the one who my join you in the 2015 starting in October.
    But I face some challenges regarding the submission of uploaded documents to the scholar ship in O&L
    With the best regard
    Mr. Geremu
    Arba Arbaminch University P.O.BOX 21

  14. Mekonnen Girma says

    HELLO MADAM/SIR, I DO HAVE A HOPE TO JOIN YOUR INSTITUTES AND AM WAITING YOUR RESPONSE, APPLIED FOR IPMB

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