Ghent University Master’s Scholarships for developing Countries 2012

Ghent University offers a maximum of 10 scholarships to students from select developing countries. The list of eligible countries are listed on their website. The master scholarships are awarded for the duration of the studies, aiming at the delivery of a Ghent University diploma after max. 2 years of study. The scholarship is in principle paid for the total duration of the studies. In case of a 2-year study programme, the 2nd year will be paid upon successful completion of the first year (minimum 60 credits)
There are eligible courses in sciences, engineering, bioscience engineering.
Eligibility criteria
Applicants for master’s programmes should already have obtained a bachelor degree when they submit the application.
The applicants must come from and should be nationals of one of the developing countries on the Master Grants country list. Priority, however, will be given to the categories on the country list with the lowest levels of development and income. Priority will also be given to students applying for an ICP-programme whose country is not on the VLIR-country list but on the UGent list.
Language and proficiency
The application is to be made in English. The applicant should have a very good command of the English language. Applicants who already received a Master Grant in the past, are not eligible.
Selection criteria
The recommendations are based on:

  • The qualifications of the applicant for the master grant (this also implies that the chances of overly qualified candidates might increase);
  • Students who successfully follow the first year of a Master Grant programme at Ghent  University may have a higher chance of selection;
  • There is no strict age limit, altough applicants below 40 years are preferred;
  • The significance of the master’s programme for the student’s country;
  • Validation of the knowledge in the student’s country;
  • The student’s nationality. In the event of equal rankings on the basis of the quality of the file, priority will be given to the categories on the Master Grants country list with the lowest level of development and income. Priority will also be given to students applying for an ICP-programme whose country is not on the VLIR-UOS country list but on the Master Grants country list;
  • The motivation of the applicant.
  • IMPORTANT selection criterium: Proof of relation with UGent: Demonstrate that the university of your studies, your current or future employer has a relation with Ghent University (former or current). For example: staff exchange, research projects, publications, etc.
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The scholarship consists of an allowance of €1000 per month and the yearly tuition fee with a maximum of 80€. Once you get an installation fee of 500€. In case of increased tuition fee for the master’s programme, Ghent University will only reimburse the refundable part. Airline ticket and visa costs are carried by the student.
How to Apply
New students, which are students who never applied before for a Master Grant, need to take the following steps:
1) Send an e-mail to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Title of your e-mail: Admission – Master Grant 2012-2013
  • Content of your e-mail
  • Your first and last name (surname) separately
  • The complete postal address
  • The date and place of birth
  • The programme you are applying for
  • A confirmation that you have read, understood and accept the admission requirements
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2) The application form will be sent by e-mail to you after an application file has been opened in our database.
3) Send your completed application form  together with all the required documents to the International Admission Desk. Postmark date will serve as proof.
If the outcome is successful, then the International Admissions Desk will forward the application and letter of admission to the Department of Research Affairs. No further action needs to be taken by the applicant.
Deadline: December 23, 2011
If you would have more questions, send an e-mail to [email protected]
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