Individual PhD Positions– ITM-DGDC Framework Programme Call 2008:The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM)
Each year the ITM awards three PhD fellowships to graduates from the ITM
Master Courses who have shown outstanding scientific capacities. These
fellowships are part of the third ITM-DGDC Framework Agreement Programme
(2008-2013), which aims at capacity strengthening, knowledge management and
collaborative research and training in developing countries.
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This PhD fellowship scheme is based on individual merits, but candidates must be
linked to a scientific institute or university in their country. The latter should not
(yet) have a collaborative agreement with the ITM under the Framework
Programme 2008-2013, as PhD tracks are an integrated part of the institutional
The doctoral research project will typically last four years. The bursaries are of
the ‘sandwich’ type; 40% to 70% of the doctoral research time is spent in the
home institute or country and the remainder at the ITM. For each candidate a
promoter will be appointed at the ITM, at the home institute and at the university
that will award the PhD.
– Candidates should be an alumnus of one of the ITM Master programmes. Alumni
of the Interuniversity Programme in Molecular Biology (IPMB) can apply on
condition that they finished their Master thesis at the ITM (15 ECTS credits).
Alumni of the European Master in International Health of the tropEd Network
(www.tropEd.org) can apply on condition that they earned at least 12 ECTS
credits at the ITM.
– Candidates should not be linked to a partner institute or university under the
third ITM-DGDC Framework Agreement (list in annex 1).
– The promoters at the ITM and the home institute must be identified and
– Candidates should be able to obtain the PhD degree before the age of 45.
– Candidates should be a citizen of a country eligible for DGDC-funded fellowships
(list in annex 2).
– Candidates must be committed to spend at least 80% of their time on the
doctoral research and training during the grant period.
– Candidates must submit a research proposal following the suitable gUidelines
and format (annex 3).
The grant includes a monthly living allowance for a period of maximum four
years, insurances, family allowance, compensation for travel expenses and a
bench fee to cover basic costs for training and research. The fellowship does not
imply an employment relationship between the ITM and the grantee.
The grant is allocated for a period of two years, with a renewal for another two
years after a positive progress evaluation by the ITM PhD committee.
All eligible applications will be examined by the ITM PhD committee. The selection
will be based on:
– Scientific quality of the candidate
Study results and/or relevant research experience
Publications (quality and quantity)
Support letter of the ITM promoter and external references
– Scientific quality of the proposal
Quality and feasibility of the research plan
Relevance to health in developing countries
Coherence with ongoing research programmes at the home institute and the
– Contribution to capacity strengthening of the home country and/or institute
Application procedure and timeline
List of countries eligible for DGDC-funded fellowships
List of countries
+DGDC – Partner Countries
– Applications have to be prepared in close collaboration with the promoters
according to the guidelines and research proposal format (annex 3)
– Deadline for submission: 30 November 2008
– Evaluation/ranking by the ITM PhD committee: 1 December-iS January 2009
– Decision by the Director’s Committee: January-February 2009
– Final notification: March 2009
– Start ofthe PhD scholarship: 1 December 2009 at the latest
Applications have to be sent to Ann Verlinden, ITM Research Coordinator
averlinden[at]itg.be; +32 (0)3 247 6686