VLIR-UOS offers full Masters Scholarships in Belgium for students from Developing countries – half of this scholarship will be offered to African students and preference will be given for Women. The eligible training or Masters' programs are taught in English.

VLIR-UOS scholarship 2022
VLIR-UOS scholarship 2022 Application Deadline

Application Deadlines depend on the candidate’s chosen program (See ‘How to Apply’ link below); deadlines are generally Between January and April 2022.

VLIR-UOS scholarship 2022 Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
  • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

To be taken at (country)

Belgium

Accepted Subject Areas

Only the following English taught courses at Belgian Flemish universities or university colleges are eligible for scholarships:

One-year master programs

  • Master of Human Settlements – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Development Evaluation and Management – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Governance and Development – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Globalization and Development – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022

Two-year programs

  • Master of Science in Food Technology – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Aquaculture (IMAQUA) – Deadline for applications: 1 March 2022
  • Master of Epidemiology – Deadline for applications: 28th Feb 2022
  • Master of Agro-and Environmental Nematology – Deadline 1st Feb 2022!
  • Master of Rural Development – Deadline online application: 21 February 2022– deadline hard copies: 28 Feb 2022
  • Master of Statistics – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Water Resources Engineering – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Sustainable Development – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022
  • Master of Transportation Sciences – Deadline for applications: 1 February 2022

About the VLIR-UOS scholarship Award 2022

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries to study for a master's or training program in Flanders, Belgium. VLIR-UOS funds and facilitates academic cooperation and exchange between higher education institutions in Flanders (Belgium) and those in developing countries, which aims at building capacity, knowledge, and experience for sustainable development.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be taken into account for the selection of candidates for a scholarship:

  • Motivation

The candidate who is not able to convincingly motivate his application is unlikely to be selected for a scholarship.

  • Professional experience

Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a higher possibility of implementing and/or transferring the newly gained knowledge upon return to the home country.

  • Gender

In the case of two equally qualified candidates of different sexes, preference will be given to the female candidate.

  • Regional balance

The selection commission tries to ensure that 50% of a program’s scholarships are granted to candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, provided there is a sufficient number of qualifying candidates from this region.

  • Social background

In the case of two equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that they belong to a disadvantaged group or area within their country or an ethnic or social minority group, especially when these candidates can provide proof of leadership potential.

  • Previously Awarded Scholarships

Preference will be given to candidates who have never received a scholarship to study in a developed country (bachelor or master).

Eligibility

You can only apply for a scholarship if you meet the following requisites.

1.     Fungibility with other VLIR-UOS funding

A scholarship within the VLIR-UOS scholarship program 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.

2.     Age

The maximum age for an ICP candidate is 35 years for an initial master's and 40 years for an advanced master's. The maximum age for an ITP candidate is 45 years. The candidate cannot succeed at this age on January 1 of the intake year.

3.     Nationality and Country of Residence

A candidate should be a national and resident of one of the 31 countries of the VLIR-UOS country list for scholarships (not necessarily the same country) at the time of application.

4.     Professional background and experience

VLIR-UOS gives priority to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, social economy, or NGOs or aim for a career in one of these sectors. However, also candidates employed in the profit sector (ICP and ITP) or newly graduated candidates without any work experience (ICP) can be eligible for the scholarship. The ITP candidate should have relevant professional experience and a support letter confirming (re)integration in a professional context where the acquired knowledge and skills will be immediately applicable.

5.     Former VLIR-UOS scholarship applications and previously awarded scholarships

A candidate can only submit one VLIR-UOS scholarship application per year, irrespectively of the scholarship type. As a consequence, a candidate can only be selected for one VLIR-UOS scholarship per year.

6.     The ICP candidate has never received a scholarship from the Belgian government to attend a master program or equivalent or was never enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution to attend a master program or equivalent before January 1 of the intake year

Number of Awardees

VLIR-UOS will award up to 180 scholarships.

Value of Scholarship

The scholarship covers ALL related expenses (full cost).

Duration of Scholarship

The master's program will last for one or two academic years.

How to Apply

  • To apply for a scholarship, you first need to apply for the Master's program.
  • To apply for the Master’s program, visit the website of the Master'sprogram of your interest. Follow the guidelines for application for the program as mentioned on its website.
  • In the program application, you can mention whether you wish to apply for a scholarship. In case you do, the program coordinator forwards your application to VLIR-UOS.
  • Applications submitted by the candidates to VLIR-UOS directly will not be considered!

Visit Scholarship Webpage for more details

 

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