Type of Funding
Young professionals from developing countries in the global South who wish to pursue eligible Masters degree courses or attend training courses of 4 to 5 months in duration at a participating institution in Belgium in 2020-2021 may now apply for the ARES Scholarships for International Courses and Training Programmes. ARES will grant about 150 scholarships for the Masters programmes and 70 scholarships for training programmes for 2020-2021.
Eligible Masters of Specialization programmes are:
- Master de spécialisation en développement, environnement et sociétés
- Master de spécialisation en droits de l’homme
- Master de spécialisation en gestion des ressources aquatiques et aquaculture
- Master de spécialisation en gestion des risques et des catastrophes
- Specialized Master in Integrated Management of Health Risks in the Global South (IManHR)
- Specialized Master in International and development Economics
- Master de spécialisation en médecine transfusionnelle
- Specialized Master in Microfinance
- Master de spécialisation en production intégrée et préservation des ressources naturelles en milieu urbain et péri-urbain
- Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology
- Master de spécialisation en sciences de la santé publique – méthodes de recherche appliquées à la santé globale
- Master de spécialisation en sciences et gestion de l’environnement dans les pays en développement
- Master de spécialisation en transport et logistique
Eligible training courses are:
- Stage en contrôle et assurance qualité des médicaments et produits de santé
- Stage d’initiation à la recherche pour le renforcement des systèmes de santé
- Stage en système d’information géographique
- Stage en valorisation des ressources secondaires pour une construction durable
- Stage méthodologique en appui à l’innovation en agriculture familiale.
Masters Programme Scholarships: Scholars will receive 1 round trip travel per academic year; a monthly stipend for living allowance of €1150; a lump sum of €150 upon arrival for indirect mission fees; and €700 for arrival allowance, tuition and return fees, which is given once per stay, upon arrival of the grantee. The scholar’s registration fees will be paid at the current rate. Insurance will be directly covered by ARES. Travel costs that are part of inter-university training will be reimbursed based on real costs incurred, with receipts provided.
Training Programmes Scholarships: Scholars will receive 1 round trip travel; and a daily living allowance of €83 for stays lasting 8 to 17 days, or €1400 per month for stays lasting 18 days to 1 month (fixed amount), or €1400 per month for stays lasting 1 to 6 months, prorated for the number of days. Indirect mission fees of €150 . This amount is given once per stay, upon arrival of the grantee. Insurance will be directly covered by ARES. Travel costs that are part of inter-university training will be reimbursed based on real costs incurred, with receipts provided.
Only applicants residing and working in eligible developing countries (Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia (English programs), Haiti, Madagascar, Morocco, Niger, Peru, the Philippines, the DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, and Vietnam) who are below 40 years old for the Masters degree courses, and below 45 years old for the training programmes, are eligible. They must be holders of a diploma comparable to a graduate-level diploma from a Belgian University studies and possess at least 2 years of relevant professional experience in a developing country after graduate studies, or of 3 years after their studies if the applicants have post-graduate degrees from universities in industrialized countries.
For certain training courses, different requirements may be requested, which will be specified below
Those who are holders of a postgraduate degree from a university in a developed country, must possess 3 years of professional working experience.
They must be proficient in written and spoken French. For training courses held in another language, it is essential to have a proper level in the course’s language, both written and spoken. Applicants must commit to learning French in order to take part in the daily life of Belgium.
They can only apply for 1 training course. Applicants should not obtain prior admission to 1 of the Francophone universities in Belgium in order to be considered for ARES grants.
Priority will be given to candidates who:
- Have not yet completed a post-graduate degree;
- Have not yet received a Belgian grant;
- After their university studies, have worked in a professional field related to development, as the social impact of professional experience is considered important;
- Have worked in 1 of ARES’ partner institutions, either within the framework of institutional support or a development research project or global South training program;
- Are committed to development activities, as evidenced in having worked with the least fortunate members of society and having engaged with them to find efficient ways to defend and promote their interests; and/or
- Women candidates
As ARES wishes to diversify the geographic origin of the grantees, 50% of total trainees will be candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Applicants should be committed to returning to their country of origin or to another developing country upon completion of the training, as well reintegrating into a field that will allow them to make use of the training acquired in Belgium in a development context and to generate a multiplier effect that benefits their country of origin.
The application form is available online. Completed forms must be sent by post by 10 January 2020 for the following 2 training courses:
- Stage en valorisation des ressources secondaires pour une construction durable; and
- Stage en contrôle de qualité et assurance qualité des médicaments et produits de santé.
The deadline for all other courses and Masters degree programmes is 7 February 2020.