VLIR-UOS Master Degree Scholarships for Developing Countries in Belgium, 2015-2016

Applications are invited for VLIR-UOS Scholarships available for the students of Developing Countries to pursue training and masters programme at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium. The training and master programmes are taught in English. The master programmes last for one or two academic years and the training programmes last for one to four months. The scholarships cover all related expenses. The candidate is not older than 40 years (on 1 January 2014) when applying for a scholarship to follow a master programme or not older than 45 years when applying for a scholarship to follow a training programme. Applications that are sent to VLIR-UOS directly by the candidate will not be considered. The deadline for applications is determined according to the universities programmes.

Study Subject(s): Students can only apply for following master (ICP) or training (ITP) programmes that are recognized and funded by VLIR-UOS: International Master Programmes 2015-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, Aquaculture, Biology – Specialisation Human Ecology, Statistics – Specialisation Biostatistics, Environmental Sanitation, Nematology, Food Technology, Molecular Biology, Water Resources Engineering and Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans & Lakes). Training programmes organized in 2015-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 and AudioVisual Learning Materials – Management, Production and Activities (AVLM).
Course Level: Scholarships are offered for training and masters programmes at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium.
Scholarship Provider: VLIR-UOS
Scholarship can be taken at: Belgium

Eligibility: Applicants 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. It is not necessary to be resident and national of the same country, so long as it concerns one of the 54 eligible countries.
-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. You can find the academic admission criteria on the programme websites.
-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.
-When you are an employee of a university that currently is receiving support from VLIR-UOS through the Institutional University Cooperation IUC programme orTEAM programme: you need a letter or statement from the IUC or TEAM coordinator stating that your department is not involved in IUC or TEAM.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of following countries are eligible to apply for VLIR-UOS scholarships: 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 and Uruguay.

Scholarship Description: VLIR-UOSVLIR-UOS supports partnerships between universities and university colleges, in Flanders and in the South, looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges. VLIR-UOS funds cooperation projects between professors, researchers and teachers. VLIR-UOS also awards scholarships to students and professionals in Flanders and the South. Lastly, VLIR-UOS helps to strengthen higher education in the South and the globalisation of higher education in Flanders. VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to applicants from 54 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to attend one of the selected trainings (7) or Master programmes (15) taught in English at a Belgian Flemish university or university college covering all related expenses.

Duration of award(s): VLIR-UOS only provides full scholarships for the total duration of the training or Master. It is not possible to apply for a partial scholarship.

What does it cover? The scholarships cover all related expenses as follow:
-For a training programme: Allowance: € 32/day, Several one-time payments and Accommodation, insurance, international travel and tuition fee
-For a Master programme: Allowance: € 860/month, Accommodation allowance: € 375/month, Family allowance: € 62 per dependent person/month, Several one-time payments and Insurance, international travel and tuition fee.

Selection Criteria: All eligible candidates’ files are evaluated by the programmes and shortlisted on the basis of the following selection criteria:
Motivation: It is essential that the candidate’s motivation and future career perspective and the pertinence of the programme for which he or she applies in that respect, is clearly written down. The candidate who is not able to convincingly motivate his application, is unlikely to be selected for a scholarship.
Knowledge transfer: The candidate should demonstrate his or her ability to transfer knowledge or create extension activities in his or her home country afterwards, and determine the developmental dimension of these activities. “Developmental” ideally refers to national or subnational economic, social and /or environmental development plans of the national or subnational government, or commonly known developmental problems or challenges of the country concerned.
Professional experience: The training programme candidate demonstrates professional experience, preferably in a research institution, a higher education institution, the government sector (national/subnational), the sector of social economy, an international organization or an NGO. This  is not required but preferred for master scholarship applications. Professional experience in terms of experience or expertise in matters relevant to development is preferential.
Present employment/reintegration perspectives. The training programme candidate demonstrates an employment status or reintegration perspectives, preferably in a research institution, a higher education institution, the government sector (national/subnational), the sector of social economy, or an NGO, but not in the commercial for profit sector, is required for training programme scholarship applications. It is not required but preferred for master scholarship applications. Preferably this employment implies the possibility to generate an impact through the transfer of knowledge, extension activities or otherwise. Candidates for a training programme should add awritten statementof their employer confirming the current employment and the reintegration after the programme. The statement should also confirm the added value of the training for the applicant and the organization. For a master student, this certificate is not necessary, but it can be of added value in the selection procedure, depending on the programme.
-Previous scholarships: Priority will be given to the application of a candidate for a master programme who has not been granted a scholarship before. For a candidate for a training programme, the selection committee assesses the opportunity of awarding a VLIR-UOS scholarship, taking into consideration the candidates’ previous study and scholarship curriculum.
-Gender: In case of two equally qualified candidates of different sexes, preference will be given to the female candidate. The selection commission will aim at a parity or relative balance between the number of male and female candidates awarded a VLIR-UOS scholarship.
-Regional balance: The selection commission tries to ensure that 50% of the 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.

Notification: Candidates selected for a VLIR-UOS scholarship will be contacted by VLIR-UOS around mid June 2015 at the latest, in order to start up the visa and flight procedure.

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! Take into account that you can only apply for one training or Master programme per year. The dates of application are determined by the programme. Check the website of the training or Master programme for more details.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is determined according to the universities programme. Check the list of eligible programmes 2015 to find out which calls for scholarships are currently open.

list of eligible programmes 2015

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