Course-dependent; Varying deadlines, from 24 November 2017 to 31 March 2018

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The 2018-2019 VLIR-UOS Awards Scholarships provides financial support for students from 31 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are either attending eligible training programmes (6) or undertaking eligible Masters degree programmes (15) at a participating Flemish university or university college. The courses are all taught in English.

Eligible training programmes for 2018 are:

  • AudioVisual Learning Materials (AVLM)
  • Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law
  • International Module for Spatial Development Planning
  • Evidence-based decision-making in food safety
  • Modern breeding techniques of maize, and
  • I-EBQ (International training on Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Qualitative research methods)

Examples of eligible 1-year Masters programmes are: Masters of Human Settlements, Master of Governance and Development. Examples of eligible 2-year Masters programmes are: Master of Science in Food Technology, Master of Rural Development and Master of Water Resources Engineering.


Training programme participants will be given an allowance of €33 per day and several one-time payments in addition to having their accommodation, insurance, international travel and tuition fee covered by the scholarships.

Masters degree scholarships are also full scholarships covering tuition fee, insurance and international travel, and the provision of a monthly allowance of €890, accommodation allowance of €390 per month, a family allowance of €62 per dependent person per month and several one-time payments.


Applicants have to be nationals as well as residents of the 31 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America (see the Official Website for eligible countries). It is not necessary to be resident and national of the same country. They have to be 35 years old or younger for an initial Masters and 40 years old or younger for an advanced Masters. There is no age limit for training programmes. They have to meet the academic admission criteria set by the university or university college.

Priority will be given to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, social economy or NGO’s, or who are aiming for a career in 1 of these sectors. But candidates employed in the for-profit sector or new graduates without any work experience (for Masters programmes) are eligible as well.

The training candidate should have relevant professional experience and a support letter confirming professional re-integration where the acquired knowledge and skills will be immediately applicable. A candidate can only submit 1 VLIR-UOS scholarship application per year.

Masters degree scholarship applicants who have received a scholarship from the Belgian government or who have attended a Masters programme (or equivalent) at a Belgian university, are not eligible.

The following will also be taken into account for scholarship candidate suitability:

  • Motivation: The Masters degree programme applied for should be relevant to development and the applicant’s career goals. The potential of the candidate to act as a ‘change agent’ in the home country after completion of the master programme will be taken into account.
  • Professional experience: Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a higher possibility of implementing and/or transferring the newly gained knowledge upon return to the home country.
  • Gender: The selection committee will aim at a relative balance between the number of male and female candidates.
  • Regional balance: The selection committee will aim at a diversification of candidates from different countries and continents, with at least 50% of the available scholarships being awarded to candidates coming from Least Developed Countries or Other Low Income Countries (defined by OESO-DAC for ODA recipients).
  • Social background: 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.
  • Previously awarded scholarships: Preference will be given to candidates who have never received a scholarship to study in a developed country (Bachelors or Masters).


Applicants for the VLIR-UOS scholarships have to apply online. The deadline is course-dependent. Deadlines range from as early as 24 November 2017 to as late as 31 March 2018 (see the Official Website for all deadlines). For instance, the application deadline for applying VLIR-UOS scholarships and admission for Master in Governance and Development at the University of Antwerp is 1 February 2018 and the International Master of Science in Rural Development is 1 March 2018.

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