VLIR-UOS awards scholarships key points
- to applicants from 54 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
- to attend one of the selected trainings or Master programmes
- taught in English
- at a Belgian Flemish university or university college
- covering all related expenses
54 scholarship countries
Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa,
Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam,
Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay,
A call for scholarship applications is launched every year in October. The deadline depends on the training or Master programme you are applying for. Applications submitted by the candidates to VLIR-UOS directly will not be considered! Take into account that you can only apply for one training or Master programme per year.
The dates of application are determined by the programme. Check the website of the training or Master programme for more details. You will receive the selection result by e-mail, as soon as possible after selection and at the latest by mid-June.
Candidates who meet all the eligibility criteria and score the strongest on the selection criteria, will be proposed by the university to VLIR-UOS as a candidate for the scholarship.
The following criteria will be taken into account for the selection of candidates for a scholarship:
- Motivation. The candidate who is not able to convincingly motivate his application, is unlikely to be selected for a scholarship.
- Impact. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a higher possibility of generating impact through the transfer of knowledge and extension activities upon return to their home country, to address developmental problems or challenges of the country concerned. Professional experience and employment (perspectives) give a competitive advantage for selection.
- Previous scholarships. Priority will be given to candidates for a Master programme who have not been granted a scholarship to study in a developed country before. For training programmes, priority will be given to candidates who have had less opportunities to attend a training or study programme in a developed country before.
- Gender. In case of two equally qualified candidates of different sexes, preference will be given to the female candidate. The selection commission will aim at a parity or relative balance between the number of male and female candidates awarded a VLIR-UOS scholarship.
- Regional balance. The selection commission tries to ensure that 50% of a programme's scholarships are granted to candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa, provided there is a sufficient number of qualifying candidates from this region.
- Social background. In case of two equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate that they belong to a disadvantaged group or area within their country or an ethnic or social minority group, especially when these candidates can provide proof of leadership potential.
For more information click "Further official information" below.