2014 VLADOC PhD Scholarships at Flemish University in Belgium

VLIR-UOSVLIR-UOS is inviting applications for 8 new VLADOC PhD scholarships for EEA citizens at Flemish University. Scholarships are awarded for a research program on a development oriented subject. Scholarships are awarded for minimum 2 and maximum 4 years. The candidate must hold an academic qualification (licentiate or master’s degree) at least ‘with distinction’ or equivalent. The VLADOC 2014 scholarships are selected in June 2014 and start in principle on 1 October 2014. The deadline of submission to the ICOS of the Flemish university is between 24 February and 7 March 2014 (depending on the university).

About Scholarship: VLIR-UOS offers PhD scholarships to EEA citizens for research at a Flemish university on a development oriented subject. The duration of the scholarship is minimum 2 and maximum 4 years. In princi-ple 8 new scholarships are awarded each year.

Study: The research should be carried out on a development oriented subject.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for research program at a Flemish university.
Scholarship Provider: VLIR-UOS
Scholarship can be taken at: Belgium

Eligibility:
-The candidate must hold the Belgian nationality or the nationality of an EEA member state.
-The scholar must at the time of application hold an academic qualification demanded by a Flemish university for enrollment in a doctoral training. In the event of a foreign qualification, the scholar must contain a document from the relevant faculty of the Flemish university stating that the qualification is sufficient for enrollment in the doctoral training programme.
-The candidate must hold an academic qualification (licentiate or master’s degree) at least ‘with distinction’ or equivalent.
-The candidate must have been awarded his first licentiate or master’s degree or an immediately contiguous licentiate or master’s degree or academic teacher training qualification no more than ten years prior to 1 October 2014 (including the ongoing calendar year). The candidate must not hold a PhD but must hold the licentiate or master’s degree qualification when the application is submitted. This means that last year candidates cannot apply. This principle is motivated by the limited number of scholarships available, and hence the ideal success ratio of around 33% for applicants that we strive to approximate.

Scholarship Open for: Belgian or EEA citizens (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom) can apply for the VLADOC PhD scholarships.

Number of awards: 8 new scholarships are awarded each year.

Duration: The duration of the scholarship is minimum 2 and maximum 4 years.

Value: 
-The monthly PhD scholarship corresponds to the amount the scholar would receive as a PhD scholar of the Flemish university concerned, in accordance with the scales applied by that university. The amount of the scholarship is adjusted annually according to seniority.
-Travel costs: An extra travel grant will also granted for research missions in the country/countries on which this research focuses. The expenses that we cover are limited to the travel costs for one mission or international journey (airline ticket) per 24 months of scholarship, as well as a to accommodation costs and an expatriation allowance for maximally 12 months per 48 months of scholarship.
-Accommodation: A contribution to the scholar’s accommodation costs in the partner country, up to maximally € 250 per month and proven by the original bill (or a copy of the rental contract), can be covered.
-Expatriation allowance: an expatriation allowance that is set at 6 times the per-diem allowance for the country under consideration (fixed allowance) per month.
-Research allowance: a fixed bench fee to the research unit of the supervisor of € 3.750 per 24 months of scholarship (this is prorated if shorter).

Selection Criteria: Academic curriculum (past grades are considered less important than a balanced research proposal)
-Research capacity or potential (past publications are considered less important than a balanced research proposal);
-Knowledge and experience of the subject and the research proposal;
- Knowledge of languages relevant or essential to the research project;
- Additional relevant abilities and skills.

Notification: The VLADOC 2014 scholarships are selected in June 2014 and start in principle on 1 October 2014.

Apply: The application must be complete and sent with all necessary documents to the ICOS of the Flemish university where one wants to conduct the PhD, before the deadline established by that university. The applicant is not allowed to send his application to VLIR-UOS. The candidate shall send the complete application to the ICOS of his Flemish University only in digital form. Hard copies are no longer accepted.

Deadline: The deadline of submission to the ICOS of the Flemish university is between 24 February and 7 March 2014 (depending on the university). A list of submission dates is as follows: Association KU Leuven, Antwerp University Association and University Association Brussels: 3 March 2014, Association Ghent University: 24 February 2014 and Limburg University Association: 7 March 2014.

Further Information: http://www.vliruos.be/en/project-funding/calls-for-applications/calldetail/call-vladoc-2014_5206/

2014 VLIR-UOS ICP PhD Scholarships

VLIR-UOS

VLIR-UOS annually awards ten ICP PhD scholarships for a maximum of four years (48 months). These PhD scholarships are available to excellent graduates from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have studied in a VLIR-UOS funded international master course (ICP) in Flanders and wish to make a PhD at a Flemish university. The research should be carried out on a development oriented subject; in a so-called sandwich programme. Scholar should conduct part of the research at the institute in his home country and part at the Flemish university. Applications should be submitted between 24 February and 7 March 2014 (depending on the university).

About Scholarship: The ICP PhD programme aims to institutionally strengthen universities or research institutions in the South through capacity building, by upgrading academic personnel at these research institutes or universities on the basis of the granting of individual PhD scholarships. With the ICP PhD programme VLIR-UOS grants every year ten PhD scholarships to excellent Master graduates from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have studied in a VLIR-UOS funded international master course (ICP) in Flanders and wish to make a PhD at a Flemish university.

Study: The research should be carried out on a development oriented subject in a so-called sandwich programme.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD degree at a Flemish university.
Scholarship Provider: VLIR-UOS
Scholarship can be taken at: Belgium and applicant’s home country (scholar should conduct part of the research at the institute in his home country and part at the Flemish university).

Eligibility: Before we submit the applications to the Research Scholarships Selection Committee, the Institutional Coordinator for Development Cooperation (ICOS; see below) and VLIR-UOS check the eligibility of the application on the basis of the below enumerated criteria.
-Applications found not to fulfill the eligibility criteria are submitted to the Bureau UOS for a final decision on their eligibility.
-They do not submit applications ruled not eligible by the Bureau UOS to the Research Scholarships Selection Committee. The Selection Committee can also declare an application to be not eligible if there are grounds for doing so. The Bureau UOS rules on such eligibility declaration.

Scholarship Open for: Students of Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Uruguay can apply for the scholarships. (The candidate should already have obtained the ICP Master’s degree when submitting the application, or should obtain it in the reference year, i.e. 2014.)

Number of awards: With the ICP PhD programme VLIR-UOS grants every year ten PhD scholarships.

Duration: A full ICP PhD scholarship consists of four years (48 months) maximally, and cannot be extended. The scholar is required to spend no less than 16 months (out of 48) and maximally 24 months at the Flemish university.

Value: To the scholar:
-Monthly allowance
-Travel costs allowance per stay in Belgium
-One-time installation allowance and mailing allowance
-To the host unit (Flemish resp. local university)
-Monthly insurance, supervision allowance and research allowance
-Per academic year: tuition fee, airline ticket for the student, airline ticket and travel fee for the local or Flemish supervisor.
All allowances and payments are to be accounted for on the budget of the Scholarships Programme (BTP) of the Flemish host university, which will inform the scholar of his obligations in this respect.

Selection Criteria: Academic curriculum (past grades are considered less important than a balanced research proposal)
-Research capacity or potential (past publications are considered less important than a balanced research proposal);
-Knowledge of and experience with the subject of the research proposal;
-Language skills relevant to or necessary for the research
-Additional relevant abilities and skills

Notification: Selections of ICP PhD 2014 scholarships will take place in June 2014. Applicant will be notified in late June 2014.

Apply: The application must be complete and sent with all necessary documents to the ICOS of the Flemish university where one wants to conduct the PhD, before the deadline established by that university. The applicant is not allowed to send his application to VLIR-UOS.

Deadline: The deadline of submission to the ICOS of the Flemish university is between 24 February and 7 March 2014 (Association KU Leuven, Antwerp University Association and University Association Brussels: 3 March 2014, Association Ghent University: 24 February 2014 and Limburg University Association: 7 March 2014).

Further Information: http://www.vliruos.be/en/project-funding/calls-for-applications/calldetail/call-icp-phd-2014_5224/

2014 VLIR-UOS Short Research Stays Scholarships in Belgium

VLIR-UOS Training Scholarship

VLIR-UOS is inviting applications for 30 short research stays scholarships for researchers/academics from Latin-America, Africa and Asia at a university or university college in Flanders (Belgium). The SRS scholarships are available for those researchers wishing to prepare a research proposal (in preparation of a PhD (pre-doc) or a postdoc research, or broader to prepare a concept proposal for possible (new), tangible partnerships or new projects within existing partnerships. The short research stay should start before the 31st of March 2014 and can last up to 90 days at most. Proposals for SRS-scholarships can be submitted until 25 October 2013.

About Scholarship: This is a call for researchers / academics from Latin-America, Africa and Asia who wish to spend a short research stay (SRS), 90 days at most, at a university or university college in Flanders (Belgium). VLIR-UOS provides 30 SRS scholarships in total for a stay of 90 days at most.

In case we receive many successful applications for shorter periods of stay than 90 days, the total amount of scholarships can increase. The short research stay should aim either at the exploration of new research paths in relation to the VLIR-UOS country strategies, or at the harvest of research results of ongoing or finished VLIR-UOS projects (IUC, OI/TEAM, SI, PRDC, ICP, ITP, STI, …).

The country strategies identify main themes for all future interventions in the cooperation with a specific country. In countries with a strategy, it is to be expected that any project proposal does take into account the recommendations that have been defined in all of these country strategies.

In doing so, VLIR-UOS can further elaborate a country specific intervention map thus offering higher visibility of actions and results, improved donor coordination (synergy, harmonisation and alignment), improved promotion of Flemish Higher Education and increased societal impact. 

Study: The short research stay should aim either at the exploration of new research paths in relation to the VLIR-UOS country strategies, or at the harvest of research results of ongoing or finished VLIR-UOS projects (IUC, OI/TEAM, SI, PRDC, ICP, ITP, STI, …).

Course Level: This call is open for researchers to spend a short research stay (SRS), 90 days at most, at a university or university college in Flanders (Belgium). The SRS scholarships are therefore available for researchers wishing to prepare a research proposal (in preparation of a PhD (pre-doc) or a postdoc research, or broader to prepare a concept proposal for possible (new), tangible partnerships or new projects within existing partnerships.

Scholarship by: VLIR-UOS
Location: Belgium 

Eligibility:
1. every applicant must comply with the general requirements as stated in the sections concerning ‘target group’ and ‘targeted output’.
2. The applicant has obtained at least a Master’s degree before applying for the short research stay.
3. The applicant does not receive any scholarship at the start of the SRS scholarship. Specifically for applicants of partner universities within ongoing IUC, OI, SI, and PRDC projects, the call is only open for people affiliated with departments which are not involved in the projects.
4. The candidates shall not be staying in Belgium or Europe at the start of the SRS. People wishing to prolong their stay in Belgium are hence not eligible.
5. An applicant can apply for the VLIR-UOS SRS scholarship (or the former PhD+ scholarship) more than once, only if a different output is targeted. In other words, one should finalize the targeted output (a PhD, a research proposal ready for submission, a scientific article or research paper) within the timeframe of one short research stay in order to be eligible for a next SRS call.
6. The proposal for SRS must meet the layout and submission requirements as described in the section concerning the mode of application. 

Scholarship Open for: Applicants shall be nationals from broader country list (54 countries) used in the granting of individual VLIR-UOS scholarships: Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam and Uruguay. 

Number of awards: VLIR-UOS provides 30 SRS scholarships in total for a stay of 90 days at most. In case they receive many successful applications for shorter periods of stay than 90 days, the total amount of scholarships can increase. 

Duration: Scholarships are awarded for a stay of 90 days. The short research stay should start before the 31st of March 2014, and can last up to 90 days at most. 

Value: Per selected candidate, VLIR-UOS will provide a short term allowance per day for the total duration of the period of stay (90 days at most), according to the Allowances and Guidelines for Scholarships 2013. One airline return ticket in economy class is reimbursed, as well as indirect travel costs, insurance and accommodation costs, as stipulated in the Scholarship guidelines. No conference participation will be reimbursed. An awarded SRS scholarship does not imply any guarantee towards other funding. Payments to the scholar are not directly made by VLIR-UOS. VLIR-UOS transfers all funds concerned to the respective Flemish Associations, who are responsible for paying the allowances, bench fees and insurance. 

Selection Criteria: The proposals will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:
1. the relevance of this short research stay in terms of its applicability for the development of or the social change within the scholar’s home country as well as to the institution with which the applicant is affiliated;
2. the feasibility of the proposal in terms of delivering the desired output;
3. the personal motivation of the candidate, indicating the added value of spending additional time in Belgium instead of in the home country;
4. the support by the supervisor affiliated with a Flemish university or university college, as stated in his/her support letter. 

Notification: Notification of the final selection results to the ICOS will be sent by 20 November 2013 and Notification of the selection results to the candidates will be sent in the end of November 2013. 

Apply: The applicant submits the proposal in electronic version to the International Coordinator for Development Cooperation (ICOS) of the University Association with which the professor or lecturer is affiliated. A proposal for SRS includes the following:
1. The application form for the short research stay
2. A brief curriculum vitae of the applicant
3. A support letter by a professor or lecturer at a Flemish university or university college 

Deadline: Proposals for SRS-scholarships can be submitted until 25 October 2013 at 9 a.m.

Further Information: http://www.vliruos.be/en/project-funding/calls-for-applications/calldetail/short-research-stays-srs-2013_4709/

2013 VLIR-UOS Call for ICP-PhD Scholarships

VLIR-UOS

VLIR-UOS offering ten PhD scholarships to excellent graduates from a developing country who have studied in a VLIR-UOS Master’s programme (ICP) in Flanders and wish to make a PhD at a Flemish university. ICP-PhD scholarship is a sandwich scholarship for the applicants to conduct research at foreign institution and Belgium university.

A full ICP PhD scholarship consists of two consecutive two-year terms and cannot be extended. The notification will be announced at Late June 2013. The application deadlines for universities are 15 February 2013 and 25 February 2013. However, the submission deadline for all PhD application is 15 March 2013. 

About Scholarship: A PhD scholarship in Belgium is fiscally limited to 4 years. You mustn’t have received any PhD scholarship in the past. You must also provide a document from the Belgian university/-ies where you were or are still registered, proving you are entitled to be registered as PhD student for 4 years from 1 October of the reference year onwards. 

Study: Any of the courses offered by the universities.

Course Level: PhD

Scholarship By: VLIR-UOS

Location: Belgium and host country

Number of awards: 10

Duration: A full ICP PhD scholarship consists of two consecutive two-year terms and cannot be extended. 

Eligibility:

-You should be a national and resident of a developing country of the VLIR-UOS-country list that was applicable in the year you started your ICP studies (see VLIR-UOS website) or be on the 54 list currently used for scholarships.

-You should already have obtained your ICP Master’s degree when you submit the application, or should obtain it in the reference year, i.c. 2013.

-The programme is not limited to those graduates who have already been granted an ICP scholarship of VLIR-UOS. -Students from developing countries (see country lists on our website) who followed a VLIR-UOS funded Master at a Flemish University (ICP) by their own means or with another scholarship are also welcome to apply. 

Selection Criteria: Academic curriculum (past grades are considered less important than a balanced research proposal);

- Research capacity or potential (past publications are considered less important than a balanced research proposal);

- Knowledge of and experience with the subject of the research proposal;

- Language skills relevant to or necessary for the research.

- Additional relevant abilities and skills. 

Scholarship Open for: The students of developing country can apply for this scholarship.

Notification: Late June 2013

Apply: Electronically

Deadline: Do submit your applications till 15 February 2013, 25 February 2013, Deadline for submission of all PhD application files for the respective university to VLIR-UOS-15 March 2013. 

Further Information: http://www.vliruos.be/downloads/ICP_PhD_2013_call.pdf