Call for VLIR-UOS ICP PhD Scholarships, 2014

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VLIR-UOS annually awards ten ICP PhD scholarships for a maximum of four years (48 months). These PhD scholarships are available to excellent graduates from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have studied in a VLIR-UOS funded international master course (ICP) in Flanders and wish to make a PhD at a Flemish university. The research should be carried out on a development oriented subject; in a so-called sandwich programme. Scholar should conduct part of the research at the institute in his home country and part at the Flemish university. Applications should be submitted between 24 February and 7 March 2014 (depending on the university).

Study Subject (s): The research should be carried out on a development oriented subject in a so-called sandwich programme.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD degree at a Flemish university.
Scholarship Provider: VLIR-UOS
Scholarship can be taken at: Belgium and applicant’s home country (scholar should conduct part of the research at the institute in his home country and part at the Flemish university).

Eligibility: Before we submit the applications to the Research Scholarships Selection Committee, the Institutional Coordinator for Development Cooperation (ICOS; see below) and VLIR-UOS check the eligibility of the application on the basis of the below enumerated criteria.
-Applications found not to fulfill the eligibility criteria are submitted to the Bureau UOS for a final decision on their eligibility.
-They do not submit applications ruled not eligible by the Bureau UOS to the Research Scholarships Selection Committee. The Selection Committee can also declare an application to be not eligible if there are grounds for doing so. The Bureau UOS rules on such eligibility declaration.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Uruguay can apply for the scholarships. (The candidate should already have obtained the ICP Master’s degree when submitting the application, or should obtain it in the reference year, i.e. 2014.)

Scholarship Description: The ICP PhD programme aims to institutionally strengthen universities or research institutions in the South through capacity building, by upgrading academic personnel at these research institutes or universities on the basis of the granting of individual PhD scholarships. With the ICP PhD programme VLIR-UOS grants every year ten PhD scholarships to excellent Master graduates from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have studied in a VLIR-UOS funded international master course (ICP) in Flanders and wish to make a PhD at a Flemish university.

Number of award(s): With the ICP PhD programme VLIR-UOS grants every year ten PhD scholarships.

Duration of award(s): A full ICP PhD scholarship consists of four years (48 months) maximally, and cannot be extended. The scholar is required to spend no less than 16 months (out of 48) and maximally 24 months at the Flemish university.

What does it cover? To the scholar:
-Monthly allowance
-Travel costs allowance per stay in Belgium
-One-time installation allowance and mailing allowance
-To the host unit (Flemish resp. local university)
-Monthly insurance, supervision allowance and research allowance
-Per academic year: tuition fee, airline ticket for the student, airline ticket and travel fee for the local or Flemish supervisor.
All allowances and payments are to be accounted for on the budget of the Scholarships Programme (BTP) of the Flemish host university, which will inform the scholar of his obligations in this respect.

Selection Criteria: Academic curriculum (past grades are considered less important than a balanced research proposal)
-Research capacity or potential (past publications are considered less important than a balanced research proposal);
-Knowledge of and experience with the subject of the research proposal;
-Language skills relevant to or necessary for the research
-Additional relevant abilities and skills

Notification: Selections of ICP PhD 2014 scholarships will take place in June 2014. Applicant will be notified in late June 2014.

How to Apply: The application must be complete and sent with all necessary documents to the ICOS of the Flemish university where one wants to conduct the PhD, before the deadline established by that university. The applicant is not allowed to send his application to VLIR-UOS.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline of submission to the ICOS of the Flemish university is between 24 February and 7 March 2014 (Association KU Leuven, Antwerp University Association and University Association Brussels: 3 March 2014, Association Ghent University: 24 February 2014 and Limburg University Association: 7 March 2014).

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