• Full Scholarship

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

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

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The following mobility scheme is mandatory:

  • Students need to start and end with a research stay of 3 -12 months in Ghent.
  • The first research stay in Ghent needs to be started between 1 October 2022 and 28 February 2023.
  • 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.

Exceptions to the mandatory mobility scheme:

  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they are unable to start their 4 year PhD research with a research stay in Ghent because the partner university/research center in the South requires a successful completion of a PhD study program in their university before commencing further research activities, can request an exception to the mobility scheme.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a full-time funded PhD research appointment/PhD study period (of up to 12 months) at the partner university/research center in the South can request to integrate this period in the required 24 months of locally funded research stay in the South.
  • UGent will decide whether this period of pre-financing can be included as part of the obligatory 48-month of funding (24 months co-financing South + 24 months co-financing Ghent University).

From 18 May 2022 onwards, the result of the selection will be announced online.




  • 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 travelling 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: Multiple regions

Application Process

  • Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail to [email protected]
  • Alongside the application form, the Ghent University supervisor must also 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

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Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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