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Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries – call 2022

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


Who can apply for this scholarship

  • Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country (see country list)
  • 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 development
  • Only degree students (students who intend to obtain a (joint ) PhD 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 maximum 2 candidates per call on condition they are of a different gender.

How to apply for this scholarship

  • Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail to
  • Alongside the application form, the Ghent University supervisor must also submit the following 2 documents:
  • An advice on the candidate, stating the supervisors opinion on the capability of the candidate as a future researcher.
  • An advice on the ethical and biosafety context of the proposed research project

Results scholarship selection

From 18 May 2022 onwards, the result of the selection will be announced online.


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Research Co-ordination Office – Special Research Fund


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