Ghent University Scholarships for PhD Students from Developing Countries! [Apply Now]

Ghent University Scholarships for PhD Students from Developing Countries! 

Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships for 2024 are now open for applications. This prestigious scholarship program, supported by Ghent University’s “Special Research Fund” (BOF), offers a unique “sandwich” PhD opportunity.

It’s designed for exceptional PhD students from developing countries who are keen to split their research time between Ghent University in Belgium (‘North’) and a university in their home country (‘South’). This scheme is an excellent opportunity for those looking to expand their research experience across continents.

Scholarship Overview

A Split-Site Research Opportunity

The scholarship focuses on a “sandwich”

  • Duration: The scholarship covers a 24-
    month period at Ghent University.
  • The bench fee : Ghent University promoter receives €310 per month for research in Ghent and an €8,000 travel budget.

Eligibility Criteria

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for the Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships, candidates must:

  • Be a national of one of the selected developing countries. See the country list here.
  • Jointly submit proposals with a supervisor at Ghent University and a supervisor at the partner university in the South.
  • Research fields are open, with a preference for development-relevant topics.
  • Be a degree student aiming for a (joint) PhD at Ghent University. Exchange students are not eligible.
  • Be at the early stages of their PhD, with a minimum of 36 months of research remaining at the start of the fellowship.

Note: Ghent University encourages female researchers to apply. A Ghent University supervisor can support a maximum of two candidates per call, provided they are of different genders.

Application Process

How to Apply

The application process involves several steps:

  • Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically in English to
    [email protected].
  • Supporting Documents: The Ghent University supervisor must also submit an advice on the candidate and an advice on the ethical and biosafety context of the proposed research project.


The Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships offer a remarkable opportunity for talented researchers from developing countries. It’s not just a scholarship; it’s a bridge connecting diverse academic worlds, fostering global research collaborations and individual growth.

For more detailed information, visit Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships page.


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