IRO PhD Scholarships for Developing Countries at KU. Leuven University, 2018

Scholarships: As one of its contributions to development co-operation, K.U. Leuven offers IRO (Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation) scholarships to deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD in the largest university in Flanders, Belgium.

Host College/University: Katholieke Universiteit in Flanders, Belgium.

Degree level: PhD Research Programme at KU Leuven. The KU Leuven Research Portal can be a good starting point to search for professors, topics and disciplines. Alternatively, you can also check the key research areas at KU Leuven.

Scholarship Award: The scholarship includes waived tuition fees, monthly allowance, installation allowance, health insurance, accident insurance, and return flight tickets. See the full scholarship benefits at this link.

Nationalities: Citizens of countries on the OCDE DAC table that are considered as: Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries or Low Middle Income Countries. Scholarship will be taken in Belgium.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  1. The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries on the OCDE DAC table that are considered as: Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries or Low Middle Income Countries.
  2. The applicant may not possess a citizenship from an EU country. The applicant may not posses a long-term EU residence permit.
  3. The candidate’s latest master’s degree must have been awarded no more than ten years prior to 1 October 2018 (including the ongoing calendar year).
  4. The candidate must hold an academic qualification at least equivalent to a high distinction. Degrees obtained with a final score equivalent to second class second/lower division will not be taken into consideration.
  5. The research project must have excellent academic quality, with a special focus on the development relevance of the proposal.
  6. The vacancies that are published on the KU Leuven website are already funded and thus, cannot participate for this scholarship.
  7. The candidate must demonstrate a development-oriented motivation.
  8. The candidate must be supported by a KU Leuven promoter.
  9. The candidate must be supported by a local co-promoter at the candidate’s home country to ensure embeddedness of the research within the country’s context.
  10. The candidate must be supported by excellent recommendations from relevant referees.
  11. The candidate must follow the application procedure and complete his file before 31 January 2018.

Applying procedure Instructions: If you meet the eligibility conditions, you will need to complete the online application form following the online application instructions not later than 31 January 2018.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Scholarships Official Web Links:

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Scholarship Deadline: 31 Jan 2018

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