ARES scholarships 2023

Are you a citizen of one of the ARES partner nations? Have you completed any college? Do you have professional experience and want to hone your knowledge in the field of development? For the ARES scholarships 2023 Program 2023–2024, apply right now.

January 27, 2023 is the deadline.

With the help of the ARES scholarships, you can enroll in a 2- to 6-month continuing education course or a 1-year advanced bachelor’s or master’s degree program at a university in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation of Belgium.

The overseas training scholarships are available for three different types of training within the ARES 2022-2027 cooperation program:

Inter-institutional training programs for advanced bachelor’s and master’s degrees are set up over the course of one academic year and culminate in the awarding of an academic degree.

Programs for continuing education are shorter in duration and more practical (2 to 6 months). A certificate is delivered by them.


The ARES provides citizens of its partner nations with an average of 130 Master’s and Bachelor’s scholarships, as well as 70 scholarships for continuing education, each year.


To be qualified, the applicant must:

  • You must be a citizen of, and live and work in, one of the following nations: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe.
  • The equivalent of a graduate-level degree (300 ECTS) from a Belgian university for advanced master’s and continuing education courses (equal to Bac+5); the equivalent of an undergraduate-level degree (180 ECTS) for advanced bachelor’s (equivalent to Bac+3). At the beginning of the course, the candidate must have had the pertinent academic degree for a maximum of 20 years. Childbirth and/or adoption result in a one-year extension of this maximum time frame.
  • Possess at least two years of relevant professional experience in a country that is an ARES partner after completing graduate-level coursework for advanced bachelors and masters degrees as well as continuing education courses.
  • Fill out the application in the language used for the course and vouch for your proficiency in both written and spoken terms. Additionally, having a working knowledge of French makes it possible to integrate well into Belgian society.
  • Apply just for one training program.

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The GIRAF platform should be used to submit your proposal to ARES:

  • To begin with, make sure your GIRAF account is active.
  • On the GIRAF portal, you can register for an account. Don’t create more than one account; this one will need to be authenticated by ARES, after which you will receive an email asking you to set up a password.
  • You can use an account you made last year that has been validated and, if necessary, reset your password.
  • You may access the application form once you’ve logged into your GIRAF account by going to the Competitive calls tab of your GIRAF profile. Please take note that the “International training application 2023-2024” button can only be clicked on once. Your form can subsequently be found in the Competitive calls’ My tasks table.
  • As long as you select the “Save and edit later” option, you are permitted to fill out your form many times. Your form can always be found on the Competitive calls tab of GIRAF’s My Tasks table under the heading “My Tasks.”
  • Your application is sent to ARES as soon as you click “Submit my application,” and you are unable to change it after that point. It’s still accessible through the My submitted files option.
  • By January 27, 2023 at 12 p.m. (Belgian time, UTC+1), applications must be filed via GIRAF. Applications received after this date won’t be taken into consideration.

The ARES Scholarship website has more details.

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