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University of Ghent Special Research Fund-Doctoral Scholarships for Developing Countries in Belgium, 2024

The University of Ghent is offering Special Research Fund-Doctoral Scholarships for Developing Countries. Developing country students are invited to apply for this funding program.

The educational award is open for candidates from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and a half at a university in a developing country.

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Ghent University is one of the most prestigious universities in Belgium. It offers a Special Research Fund-Doctoral Scholarship Program for developing countries students. Hurry Up! Don’t miss this funding opportunity.


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Ghent University wishes to support university research groups or research centers in developing countries in their aim to grow into excellent research centers by upgrading local academic personnel.

Why study at Ghent University? Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research in both exact and social sciences. Ghent University aims to encourage its students to adopt a critical approach within a creative, development-oriented educational and research environment.

Application Deadline: Applicants must submit all required application materials until 20 February 2024

Brief Description

University or Organization: Ghent University
Department: NA
Course Level: PhD 
Awards: Varies
Access Mode: Online
Number of Awards: NA
Nationality: Students of developing country
The program can be taken in Belgium and Developing Countries


  • Students of a developing country can apply for these scholarships.
    List of Countries: Afghanistan, Kenya, Armenia, Brazil, Angola, Korea, Dem.Rep., Bolivia, China, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Benin, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia,  Zimbabwe, Cabo Verde, Cuba, Bhutan, Congo, Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Burundi, Egypt, Jordan, Cambodia, El Salvador, Mexico, Central African Rep., Georgia, Peru, Chad, Ghana, Suriname, Comoros, Guatemala, Thailand, Congo, Dem. Rep., Guyana, Tunisia, Djibouti, Honduras, Uruguay, Equatorial, Guinea, India, South Africa, Eritrea, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, Guinea, Micronesia, Guinea-Bissau, Moldova, Haiti, Mongolia, Kiribati, Morocco, Laos People’s Democratic Republic, Nicaragua, Lesotho, Nigeria, Liberia, Pakistan, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Malawi, Paraguay, Mali, Philippines, Mauritania, Samoa, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Swaziland, Nepal, Syrian Arab Republic, Niger, Tokelau, Rwanda, Ukraine, São Tomé and Principe, Uzbekistan, Senegal, Vietnam, Sierra Leone, West Bank, and Gaza Strip, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania
  • Before applying for a PhD scholarship at Ghent university students Always need to find a professor from Ghent University who is willing to act as the supervisor (‘promoter’) of their doctoral research and who agrees to support their application. The best way to do this is by browsing the list of faculties and research topics available on their research directory
    • The proposals must be jointly submitted by a candidate, a promoter at Ghent University, and a supervisor at the partner university.
    • Scholarships are available for PhD students who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University and a half at a university in a developing country.
    • No restrictions are imposed on the field of research, nevertheless, preference will be given to topics that are relevant for the development
    • Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country (see country list);
    • There must be a guarantee that the candidate will be able to work full-time on the PhD project for a period of 24 months at the partner university in a selected developing country (South). This implies that the following conditions need to be fulfilled:
    • there must be a local PhD supervisor at the partner university or research centre in the South; A written statement is requested stating that the candidate is either a funded fulltime PhD student or a staff member at this partner university and will be sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments as to be able to fully concentrate on the PhD research in the South.
    • This statement should also mention that the candidate receives a local PhD scholarship or salary for a period of 24 months when working on the PhD at the partner university in the South.
    • This co-funding is only intended for students who want to obtain a (joint ) PhD degree at Ghent University.

Developing Countries Scholarships

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The application has to be submitted electronically to [email protected]
  • Language Requirements: To be able to determine the proficiency of someone’s knowledge of Dutch or English, Ghent University uses the Common European Framework Reference for Foreign Languages. There are six foreign language proficiency levels and is a basis for the recognition of language qualifications.


The PhD scholarship program at Ghent University  (24 months).

    • PhD scholarship at Ghent University  (in total 24 months).
    • The Ghent University promoter receives a bench fee of € 310/per month of research in Ghent + € 8000 travel budget to cover (part of) the operational costs, as well as part of the traveling costs of the student and both the Ghent University and the local promoter.

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