Wednesday, January 16, 2019

VLIR-UOS Master Program (ICP) and Training (ITP) Scholarships, Belgium

We award scholarships to students and professionals from a number of countries to study in Flanders as well as travel grants to Flemish/European students to do fieldwork/internships in one of the 31 scholarship countries in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

1. Scholarships for Master Programmes (ICP)
International master programmes (ICPs) are accredited (advanced or initial) master programmes (EQF 7) consisting of 2 or 4 semesters (60 or 120 ECTS respectively) on a subject that is relevant to or specific for development. We support a selection of 15 ICPs and provide 12 scholarships per ICP programme.

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We only provide scholarships for the full duration of the master programme. It is not possible to apply for a partial scholarship.
The detailed current amounts and more information on the different allowances can be found in the document ‘Allowances and guidelines for VLIR-UOS scholarships’.
Scholarship amounts can change at any time in line with decisions of the funding government.
You can only apply for a scholarship if you meet the following requirements:
  • Nationality and country of residence: A candidate should be a national and resident of one of the 31 eligible countries (not necessarily the same country) at the time of the application.
  • Age: The maximum age for a master programme candidate is 35 for an initial master and 40 for an advanced master. The candidate cannot exceed this age on the first of January of the intake year.
  • Professional background and experience: Priority is given to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, the social economy or NGOs, or who aim at a career in one of these sectors. However, master candidates employed in the profit sector or newly graduated candidates without any work experience can be eligible for the scholarship as well, depending on their motivation and profile.
  • Fungibility with other VLIR-UOS funding: Candidates working in a university where we already fund IUC, TEAM or SI projects, can receive an ITP-ICP scholarship if they clearly motivate the reason of their application and clarify why the participation at the ICP programme cannot be funded as part of the existing IUC, Team or SI programme or project funds.
  • VLIR-UOS scholarship applications and previously awarded scholarships: A candidate can only submit one scholarship application to us per year - irrespective of the scholarship type - and can therefore only be selected for one of our scholarships per year.
  • The Master programme candidate has never received a scholarship from the Belgian government to attend a master programme or equivalent or was never enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution to attend a master programme or equivalent before the first of January of the intake year.

How to Apply:

In case you have any questions regarding your application or selection process, please contact the university directly!
  • Check the eligibility criteria for a scholarship.
  • If you meet all the criteria, have a look at the selected master programmes (15).
    You can find the links to the all the master programmes' website here.
  • If a specific programme catches your interest, visit the website of the organising university and follow its instructions.
    Via the university’s website, you will have to apply for both admission to the programme as well as for the scholarship itself. When you apply for the programme, be sure to mention whether you wish to apply for a scholarship.
  • Do not apply for more than one master programme per year.
    The dates of application are determined by the programme.
  • We receive the selection results of the programme organisers.
    We will contact the selected candidates as well as the waiting list candidates by e-mail as soon as possible after selection, by mid-June at the latest.

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2. Scholarships for Trainings (ITP)
International Training Programmes (ITP) are short to medium-term, intensive, interactive, and practical trainings organised at a university or university college in Belgium/Flanders.
The trainings target participants from 31 scholarship countries with relevant professional experience in the ITP's subject and who will be able to transfer the obtained knowledge and skills to a wider audience in their home countries.
We provide 12 scholarships per ITP programme. If any applications are open, you can find them here
  • We only provide scholarships for the full duration of the training programme. It is not possible to apply for a partial scholarship.
  • The detailed current amounts and more information on the different allowances can be found in the document ‘Allowances and guidelines for VLIR-UOS scholarships'.
  • Scholarship amounts can change at any time in line with decisions of the funding government.
Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): "Modern Breeding Techniques for Potato Improvement”

International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO) at UGent, in cooperation with the International Potato Center (CIP), organizes a short term course for students, scientists and professionals from the public and industrial sector, who are involved in local crop (potato) improvement or genetic manipulation regulatory programs.
The course proposes fundamental background sessions on potato breeding, the use of molecular techniques in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation and new breeding techniques for potato. Experts from Europe and Africa will further give an overview of important biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of potato and possible solutions to overcome these threats. In these sessions, special emphasis will be given on the effects of pests, diseases, fungal contamination, drought and climate change on the growth and yield of potato.
The course will continue with both theory and exercises for the understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of crop safety, risk assessment and science communication. The sessions will be interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also includes visits to a potato field trial and the processing industry.
VLIR-UOS supports the programme with 12 scholarships for participants from the global South (please consult the eligible country list).

  • Holder of at least a Bachelor (or equivalent) in Science, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural or Bioengineering Sciences
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Preference will be given to participants from Africa involved in potato breeding
  • A balance between male and female participants will be achieved
A number of scholarships with support from VLIR-UOS for registration, accomodation and travel expenses are available for applicants from the VLIR country list. Preference will be given to participants from the public sector in Africa who are professionally involved in the topic.

Eligibility criteria:
  • 1) STI-scholars must be nationals and residents in one of the 31 countries with which VLIR-UOS cooperates in its scholarship programme. The 31 countries include:
    • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.
    • Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Vietnam
    • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru.
  • 2) VLIR-UOS targets applicants from research institutes, higher education institutes, the government sector (nation-al/subnational), the sector of social economy, an international organization or an NGO, with expertise in matters relevant to development. Applicants from the commercial profit-sector without expertise in matters relevant to the development of a country are not eligible.
  • 3) Previous applications and scholarships
    • A candidate can only receive 1 VLIR-UOS-scholarship per year
    • A candidate who was awarded a VLIR-UOS-scholarship before to participate in a ICP, ITP or STI can only be awarded a scholarship to participate in the STI if the STI has a thematical connection with the previously followed program.

How to Apply:
22 February 2019