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220 Fully-funded ARES Masters and Training Scholarships in Belgium 2020/2021 for Developing Countries

A national of a developing country? You hold a master’s degree? You have professional experience and want to improve your skills in a theme related to development?ARES masters and Specialization courses offer you the opportunity to follow a master of one year or a refresher course between 4 and 6 months in an institution of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium.

Application Deadlines:

  • 10th January, 2020
  • 7th February, 2020

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Students from African and  developing countries

To be taken in: Belgium

About the Award: Each year, the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES) grants an average of 150 fellowships in the framework of the Masters and 70 fellowships in the framework of the internships to the nationals of the countries of the South.

Eligible Countries: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia (only for courses in English ), Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam.

Accepted Subject Areas (Masters): 

  • Master of Specialization in Development, Environment and Societies
  • Specialization Master in Human Rights
  • Master of Specialization in Aquatic Resource Management and Aquaculture
  • Master of Specialization in Risk and Disaster Management
  • Specialized Master in Integrated Management of Health Risks in the Global South (IManHR)
  • Specialized Master in International Development
  • Master of Specialization in Transfusion Medicine
  • Specialized Master in Microfinance
  • Master of specialization in integrated production and preservation of natural resources in urban and peri-urban areas
  • Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology
  • Master of Science in Public Health – Methods of Research Applied to Global Health
  • Master of Science and Environmental Management in Developing Countries
  • Specialized Master in Transport and Logistics

Accepted Subject Areas (Training): 

  • Internship in control and quality assurance of medicines and health products
  • Research Initiation to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Internship in Geographic Information System
  • Internship in secondary resource development for sustainable construction
  • Methodological internship in support of innovation in family farming

Type: Masters, Training

About the Award: Within the framework of the Belgian policy for development cooperation, the Minister for Development Cooperation and the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation entrust the Belgian Higher Education Institutions with the preparation of Postgraduate Programmes (Advanced Masters) and Training Programmes that are specifically oriented towards young professionals from developing countries.

International Courses and Training Programmes are part of the global study programmes of the Higher Education Institutions. They are open to all students who satisfy the conditions of qualification, but aim at proposing training units that distinguish themselves by their openness towards specific development issues.

Eligibility: The following will apply for the selection of holders of scholarships:

  1. Originally from a developing country. To be eligible, applicants must reside and work in their own country at the time of filing;
  2. Only nationals of the following countries are eligible to apply for scholarships ARES: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia ( only for courses in English ), Haiti, Madagascar, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam ;
  3. Either under the age of 40 for courses and under 45 for training periods at the start of training;
  4. Either holds a diploma comparable to a diploma of the second cycle of Belgian university education. However, for certain types of training, different requirements may be set out, which will be specified below;
  5. Demonstrates a professional occupation in a developing country of at least two years after completing his / her second cycle or three years after the end of his / her studies when the candidate holds a post-graduate diploma a university in an industrialized country;
  6. A good knowledge of written and spoken French. For courses organized in another language, it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the language of the course, written and spoken. The candidate will also be asked to commit to learning French in order to participate in everyday life in Belgium;
  7. Apply for a single training

Selection Criteria: 

  • The academic curriculum
  • For courses, priority will be given to candidates who are already holders of a diploma third cycle, save in exceptional circumstances duly justified in the application.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not already received a grant in Belgium.
  • Professional experience
  • Belonging to a partner institution: The commitment of the candidate in development activities
  • Nationality requirements
  • Gender equality
  • The future reintegration prospects

Number of Scholarships: ARES grants 150 scholarships for participation into the masters and 70 scholarships for participation into the training programmes.

Value of Scholarship: Travel (internal and external), Monthly living allowance, Indirect mission costs, Installation costs, Tuition fees, Registration fee, Insurance costs, Housing allowance, Allowances for dependents, Return fees, In 1st session completion bonus (June).

Duration of Scholarship:  For the duration of the program

How to Apply: 

  • Download the 2020-2021 form in English (for specialized master’s degrees in English).
  • Download the 2020-2021 form in French (for specialization masters in French).

It is important to go through the Application requirements and procedures on the Scholarship Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Important: Applying for a ARES Masters and Training scholarship is absolutely free of charge. ARES does not charge any fee at any stage of the application or selection process. You may raise any question or concern about persons or companies claiming to be acting on behalf of ARES and requesting the payment of a fee by emailing ARES at maryvonne.aubry[at]ares-ac.be.
Any application containing cash will be automatically rejected.

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  2. Oyelami oyeniyi says

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  3. Ayele says

    I am Ayele Mamo from Ethiopia and I am a BSC NURSING holder from Gondar university since 2006.Now ,I am assistant lecturer in Debrebrehan in Ethiopia.I always search fully funded scholarship from abroad becuase I do not get any scholarship in my home country still now.So,when i read this your fully funded scholarship,I become very happy.Please help me how can I get this fully funded scholarship?If I get any health science field for master,I will very happy!
    Thank you !
    Ayele Mamo

  4. Patrick Kananga says

    is there any application form? want to know how to apply.

  5. Bianobwengye Africano says

    I would like to apply for a scholarship.where ca I get the application form.help me am really in need.thanks.

  6. Samnang says

    Dear sir/madam
    How are you all?
    My name is SAMNANG,I am cambodian, I am from cambodian. i took three year in Kampot Regional Nurse school and i graduated in 2007.presently i am enrolling on Bachelor of Nursing and i am going to graduate this year so i am so happy to come to this website because i wish i could get master degree of Nursing scholarship in your country. and for my associate degree experiences around 6years. i used to worked for REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF CAMBODIA. and i am working for FRIENDS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION for helping Marginalized children in cambodia.

    best regards,


  7. Gizachew Girma says

    I am Gizachew Girma from Ethiopia and I Have BSC degree in Food Science and Post-harvest Technology from Hawassa University in 2008, now I am working as assistant instructor at ArbaMinch university, Ethiopia since 2011.

    I thereby want to further my education to advance and build my self at the international level as I seek to contribute meaningfully and enjoy success with any organization I find myself. This I know will equip me with the requisite knowledge to help in my nation building as we seek to reach a first world country.

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  10. goumtsa says

    good afternoon Dear
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  11. Getaneh Abreham says

    my name Getaneh Abreham i ma gratuated bsc computer sciences in ethiopia Arba minch university now i want to study masters program outside of my state please contact with my email adresss

  12. Zemenu Ashebir says

    Dear Sir/Madam, this is zemenu ashebir from Ethiopia studied medicine and now looking for free scholarship want to specialize in the fields of ether radiology ,dermatology or pediatrics . so, if there is a chance please consider me. Thank you in advance

  13. Nfor yvette says

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