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

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The 2019-2020 VLIR-UOS Awards Scholarships provides financial support for students from 31 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are either attending eligible training programmes or undertaking eligible development-related Masters degree programmes (15) at 1 of the 5 participating Flemish universities or university colleges. The courses are all taught in English.

The current call for 2019 international training programme is for the “International Module in Spatial Development Planning” (IMSDP), which is an intensive 3 months teaching and research programme for post-graduate students and researchers in urban studies and planning. It is offered by the KU Leuven Departments of Architecture and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The programme will take place from 1 March 2019 to 28 May 2019.

The International Master Programmes are accredited (initial or advanced) Master programmes of 1 or 2 years (60 or 120 ECTS) on a development-relevant subject. The 15 eligible programmes are:

  • Master of Development Evaluation and Management (Antwerp University)
  • Master of Globalization and Development (Antwerp University)
  • Master of Governance and Development (Antwerp University)
  • Master of Human Settlements (KU Leuven)
  • Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (KU Leuven)
  • Master of Science in Food Technology (KU Leuven, Ghent University)
  • Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans and Lakes) (VUB, Antwerp University, Ghent University)
  • Master of Epidemiology (Antwerp University)
  • Master of Agro-and Environmental Nematology (Ghent University)
  • Master of Rural Development (Ghent University)
  • Master of Statistics (Hasselt University)
  • Master of Aquaculture (Ghent University)
  • Master of Water Resources Engineering (KU Leuven, VUB)
  • Master of Sustainable Territorial Development (KU Leuven)
  • Master of Transportation Sciences (Hasselt University)


Twelve scholarships will be awarded for the IMSDP. The tuition fee for the IMSDP will be waived for VLIR-UOS supported participants from the global South. The funding support also covers return tickets, accommodation and living allowance.

VLIR-UOS supports each Masters programmes with 12 fully-funded scholarships covering tuition fee, insurance and international travel, and the provision of a monthly allowance of €1150 which covers the cost of meals, transport, personal expenses and accommodation.


Applicants for the VLIR-UOS scholarships 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.

Applicants for the IMSDP must be postgraduate students (Ph.D. and II level Master) and other academic fellows (post-doctoral and research fellows). A limited number of scholarships could be allocated to outstanding students currently registered as Masters students and/or with a Bachelors degree of 5 years.

Applicants for the ICP (International Master Programme) cannot be older than 35 years old for an initial Masters and 40 years old for an advanced Masters. Priority is given to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, the social economy or NGOs, or who aim at a career in these sectors. But Masters candidates employed in the profit sector or newly graduated candidates without any work experience can be eligible for the scholarship as well, depending on their motivation and profile.

Those working in a university where VLIR-UOS already fund IUC, TEAM or SI projects can receive an ITP-ICP scholarship if they can provide a valid explanation for their application and clarify why the participation at the ICP programme cannot be funded as part of the existing IUC, Team or SI programme or project funds.

Only those who have never received a scholarship from the Belgian government to attend a Masters programme or equivalent or who have never enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution to attend a Masters programme or equivalent before the first of January of the intake year, are eligible. A candidate can only submit 1 scholarship application per year, irrespective of the scholarship type.



Applicants for the VLIR-UOS scholarships have to apply online. The deadline is course-dependent. Deadlines for the International Master Programmes range from as early as 1 February 2019 to as late as 1 March 2019 (see the Official Website for all deadlines), with most of the deadlines falling on 1 February 2019. Applications for the International Module in Spatial Development Planning training programme are to be done online by 23 November 2018.

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