Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships 2023 for Candidates from Developing Countries

Deadline: 2 February 2023

Deadline: 2 February 2023

Applications open for the Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships 2023.

Ghent University offers PhD “sandwich” scholarships to deserving students from developing nations who prefer to do half of their research at Ghent University (the “North”) and half at a university in a developing country (the “South”) with funding from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF).

Ghent University an internationally renowned, open, pluralistic and socially engaged university in Belgium. It provides more than 200 programs (including 64 master’s programs with English instruction) and carries out extensive research across a broad spectrum of scientific fields.

The candidate must obtain full-time financing for the additional 24 months of research conducted in the South as Ghent University only funds the portion of the research conducted in Ghent (24 months).

  • PhD fellowship at the University of Ghent (in total 24 months).
  • The Ghent University promoter is paid a bench fee of € 310 each month of research in Ghent with an additional € 8000 travel budget to cover (part of) the operational costs as well as travel expenses for the student, the Ghent University, and the local promoter.


  • Candidates need to come from, and have the nationality of a developing country (see country list)
  • The proposals jointly submitted by a candidate, a supervisor (promoter) at Ghent University and a supervisor at the partner university (South)
  • No restrictions imposed on the field of research, nevertheless preference given to topics relevant for development
  • Only degree students (students who intend to obtain a (joint) PhD degree at Ghent University) welcomed 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.

Co-financing is mandatory with this scholarship. In general, the following partnership conditions needs to be fulfilled:

  • there must be a local PhD 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 PhD scholarship or salary for a period of 24 months when working on the PhD at the partner university in the South AND
  • Sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments as to be able to fully concentrate on the PhD research in the South. Applicants can dedicate 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:

  • Students need to start and end with a research stay of 3 -12 months in Ghent.
  • The first research stay in Ghent needs to start between 1 October 2023 and 29 February 2024.
  • 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.

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