Special Research Fund - Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries - call 2021
  • Partial Scholarship

With provision from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF) Ghent University grants Ph.D. “sandwich” scholarships to promising Ph.D. students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their Ph.D. research at Ghent University (North) and a half at a university in a developing country (South).

Ghent University only finances the part of the 24 months long research that will be carried out in Ghent, the candidate must have full-time co-funding for the other 24 months of research to be carried out in the South.

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Instructions for Co-funding:

  • Co-financing is mandatory with this scholarship, for more details about which co-financing is allowed, please consult the call documents.
  • In general, the following partnership conditions needs to be fulfilled:
    • There must be a local Ph.D. supervisor at the partner university or research center in the South
    • A written statement from the partner university is requested stating that the candidate will receive a fulltime local Ph.D. scholarship or salary for a period of 24 months when working on the Ph.D. at the partner university in the South AND
    • Will be sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments to be able to fully concentrate on the Ph.D. research in the South. Applicants can dedicate a maximum 10% of their time (fulltime appointment) to other tasks (teaching and other tasks)

Mobility scheme of the scholarship:

The following mobility scheme is mandatory:

  1. Students need to start and end with a research stay of 3 -12 months in Ghent.
  2. The first research stays in Ghent has to be started between 1 October 2021 and 28 February 2022.
  3. At least 24 months of locally funded research stay in the South must be scheduled in between the first and last research stay in Ghent.





  • Ph.D. 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.


  • Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country
  • The proposals must be jointly submitted by a candidate, a supervisor (promoter) at Ghent University and a supervisor at the partner university (South)
  • No restrictions are imposed on the field of research, nevertheless  preference will be given to topics that are relevant for development
  • Only degree students (students who intend to obtain a (joint) PhD degree at Ghent University) are welcome to apply. Exchange students cannot apply for this scholarship
  • Ghent University wants to encourage more female researchers to apply for this scholarship. That is why a Ghent University supervisor can support maximum 2 candidates per call on condition they are of a different gender.
Eligible Regions: Developing countries

Application Process

  • Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail at  [email protected]
  • The Ghent University supervisor must submit the following 2 documents:
    • An advice on the candidate, stating the supervisors opinion on the capability of the candidate as a future researcher.
    • An advice on the ethical and biosafety context of the proposed research project

Application Deadline: February 4, 2021 (14 Days Remaining)

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