Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries

Ghent University Doctoral Scholarships BOF Special Research Fund offers PhD “sandwich” scholarships to bright minds from developing countries. This golden opportunity splits the research between Ghent University in the ‘North’ and a developing country’s university in the ‘South’. The scholarship funds 24 months of research in Ghent, with the remaining 24 months financially supported elsewhere.


Minimum Age:None.
Required GPA:Not specified.
Eligibility Country:Developing nations.
Gender:All genders.
Scholarship Deadline:February 24, 2024.
  • Eligible candidates must hold nationality from one of the specified developing countries listed.
  • Proposals should be a joint effort between a candidate, a supervisor from Ghent University, and a supervisor from the partnering university in a developing country.
  • While there are no limitations on research fields, preference will be given to topics contributing to developmental issues.
  • This opportunity is exclusively for degree students pursuing a (joint) PhD at Ghent University; exchange students are ineligible.
  • Applicants should be in the early stages of their PhD studies, though limited prior research completion may be acceptable. By the fellowship commencement on 1/10/2024, candidates should still require at least 36 months to finish their PhD.
  • Ghent University aims to encourage more female researchers to apply. Hence, a Ghent University supervisor can endorse a maximum of 2 candidates per call, provided they represent different genders.
  • The scholarship necessitates co-funding, and specific details on allowable co-funding can be found in the provided call documents.
  • Generally, the following prerequisites must be ensured by the partner institution in the developing country:
    1. A local PhD supervisor must be appointed at the partner university or research center in the developing country.
    2. A formal written confirmation from the partner university is required, assuring that the candidate will receive a full-time local PhD scholarship or salary spanning 24 months while engaged in their PhD work at the partner institution in the developing country. Additionally, the candidate should be adequately relieved from teaching or other responsibilities to fully focus on their PhD research in that region. Applicants may allocate a maximum of 10% of their time (based on a full-time appointment) to other duties such as teaching or similar tasks.
  1. Split research opportunity between Ghent University and a developing country.
  2. Funding covers 24 months in Ghent (approximately $60,000).
  3. Applicants need funding secured for the remaining 24 months.
  4. Open to diverse backgrounds and genders from eligible countries.
  5. Application details and deadlines available on Ghent University’s official website.

The Ghent University promoter receives a bench fee of € 310/per month of research in Ghent + € 8.000 travel budget to cover (part of) the operational costs, as well as part of the traveling costs of the student and both the Ghent University and the local promoter. It also covers research expenses for the 24 months at Ghent University, valued at approximately $60,000.

  1. Research & Connect: Find a supervisor at Ghent University and the partner institution in the South.
  2. Plan & Proposal: Draft a solid research plan and proposal.
  3. Submit: Apply following the guidelines provided by Ghent University.
  4. Await Shortlisting: Keep an eye on communication from the university regarding your application.

Applicants who want to make use of one of those exceptions have to request an approval from the research administration of Ghent University before Jan 19, 2024. To do so, they complete the form “Request exception funding and mobility scheme” form and submit it along with the requested supporting documents via email to BOF@ugent.be.


Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically to BOFapplication@ugent.be

For more details, visit Ghent University website

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