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VLIR-UOS Scholarships for International Master Programmes (ICP), Belgium

Applications are invited for VLIR-UOS scholarships to pursue accredited English master programmes of 60, 90 or 120 credits, organised at a Flemish university. Selection of a Master as ICP implies the acquirement of and obligation to attribute 12 fully fledged scholarships per intake year, entirely funded through VLIR-UOS, during the five year cycle 2017-2021. All students applying for the ICP need to comply with the academic criteria as set by the programme. These requirements relate to the academic level and content, and are therefore not defined by VLIRUOS

Study Subject(s): The studentships are awarded in all subjects available at a Flemish university.
Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing master’s programmes at a Flemish university.
Scholarship Provider: VLIR-UOS
Award can be taken at: Belgium



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-Nationality and Country of Residence: A candidate should be a national and resident of one of the countries of the VLIR-UOS country list for programmes (not necessarily the same country) at the time of application.
-Age: The maximum age for a ICP candidate is 35 years for an initial masters and 40 years for an advanced masters. The candidate cannot succeed this age on January 1 of the intake year.
-Professional background and experience: VLIR-UOS gives priority to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, social economy or NGO’s, or aim a career in one of these sectors. However, also candidates employed in the profit sector or newly graduated candidates without any work experience can be eligible for the opportunity .
-Fungibility with other VLIR-UOS funding: A scholarship within the BTP programme is not compatible with financial support within an IUC- or TEAM-project. Candidates working in a university where such projects are being organized, should submit a declaration of the project leader stating that the department where the candidate is employed is not involved in the project.
-Former VLIR-UOS applications and previously awarded scholarships: A candidate can only submit one VLIR-UOS application per year, irrespectively of the program type. As a consequence, a candidate can only be selected for one VLIR-UOS scholarship per year.
The candidate has never received a scholarship from the Belgian government to attend a master programme or equivalent or was never enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution to attend a master programme or equivalent before January 1 of the intake year.

Open for International Students: National and resident of one of the countries of the VLIR-UOS country are eligible to apply: Africa: Angola, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinee-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauretania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Vietnam and Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Surinam.

Description:  With the International Master Programme (ICP) VLIR-UOS supports a selected number of accredited (initial or comlementary) Master programmes of 2, 3 or 4 semesters on a subject that is deemed relevant to or specific for development. The previous VLIR-UOS call for proposals for international masters programmes with relevance for development, organized by the Flemish universities, dates from 2001. It led to the selection of 15 master programmes called ICP (International Course Programme) of which 12 receive operational funding and all of which receive a number (varying from 10 to 16) of scholarships on an annual basis.

Number of award(s): Selection of a Master as ICP implies the acquirement of and obligation to attribute 12 fully fledged scholarships per intake year, entirely funded through VLIR-UOS, during the five year cycle 2017-2021.

Duration of award(s): Selection is valid for a five-year period, with possible renewal for another five-year term
-after positive evaluation, thus enabling both the selected programmes and VLIR-UOS to make the necessary adjustments in a dynamic manner;
-with reduction of the Number of Awards per ICP from 12 to 10, thus enabling in principle selection of new ICPs even in case of reselection of all ICPs after the first five-year-period and thus securing a minimum degree of dynamics as regards the ICP portfolio as a whole, on the condition that sufficient funds are available at the level of VLIR-UOS.

What does it cover? The overall ICP budget will be declared soon. Applicants can apply for incremental funding up to a maximum of
– € 150.000 (for 2-year / 4 semesters / 120 credits Master programmes);
– € 125.000 (for 1,5 / 3 semesters / 90 credits Master programmes);
– € 100.000 (for 1-year / 2 semesters / 60 credits Master programmes); per year for a five-year period.
This funding facility is available for, basically, two general types of expenses: (1) Costs related to building a strategy to gradually strengthen/build the South dimension of the ICP through cooperation with partners in the South (planning costs); (2) Costs related to the operation of the programme aimed at ensuring quality participation by students and teaching/research staff from the South (operational costs).

Selection Criteria: A proposal will be selected on the basis of a set of 6 selection criteria.
-Professional experience
-Social background
-Previously awarded scholarships

Notification: Selection will be take place in May 2016 and notification of selection will be by June 2016.

 How to Apply: The applications should be submitted online.

Application Form

Application Deadline: This concerns the deadline before which applicants should submit to the ICOS. This deadline is different for the different university associations. Proposals must be submitted to the ICOS of the Flemish university association electronically. Deadline for submission to the ICOS of the association
-AUHL: 5 January 2016:
-UAB, AUG: 15 January 2016
-AKUL, AUHA: please contact the ICOS

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application