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Apply for the Special Research Fund - Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries

Brief Description

With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF) Ghent University grants Ph.D. “sandwich” scholarships to promising Ph.D. students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their Ph.D. research at Ghent University (North) and a 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 co-funding for the other 24 months of research to be carried out in the South.


  • 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 the development

  • Only degree students (students who intend to obtain a (joint ) Ph.D. 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 a maximum of 2 candidates per call on the condition they are of a different gender.


February 4, 2021

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