University of Leuven offers Doctoral Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries in Belgium 2013
As one of its contributions to development co-operation, KU Leuven offers each academic year scholarships to deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD in the largest university in Flanders, Belgium. Also commonly referred to as the IRO scholarships (IRO in Dutch stands for Interfacultaire Raad voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking), this scholarship programme has supported more than sixty Ph.D. graduates over the past five years. After obtaining their doctorates at KU Leuven, these Ph.D. holders are now valorising their degrees in their home countries either in university academic research or in various sectors of industry. New applicants are now provided two alternatives: either by selecting amongst the faculty research topics offered by the doctoral schools or by submitting their own personal research proposal.
The applicant must be a citizen of a developing country recognised on the list of the Flemish Interuniversity Council for University Development Cooperation. Citizens of Eastern European countries and former Russian republics are not eligible. In addition, it must be financially impossible for the applicant or his or her family to pay for studies abroad.
– The age limit is 35 years of age. Priority is given to young students under 30 years of age.
– The applicant must demonstrate having achieved excellent academic results.
– The applicant must also demonstrate one’s “embedness in the South” by submitting the certificate of professional engagement, signed by a person or an institution confirming that, after the doctoral studies, he or she will be accepted for a specific position or job in one’s country of origin or in another developing country.
– Women are encouraged to apply for the doctoral scholarship. With all things being equal in terms of academic background, evaluation and ranking by the faculty and the IRO Council with regard to two or more applicants considered for the scholarship, preference would be given to the female candidate.