About the ARES Scholarship – The ARES Scholarship is a scholarship program offered by Belgium’s ARES (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur). This program is specifically designed for students from developing countries, with the goal of promoting international development by providing these students with postgraduate study in Belgium. The ARES scholarships allow you to pursue a one-year advanced bachelor’s or master’s degree program or a 2-to-6-month continuing education program at a higher education institution in Belgium affiliated with the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.ScholarshipBoard
ARES Scholarship Host Institution
Participating universities and academic institutions in Belgium. Several universities in Belgium’s French-speaking region are usually host institutions in the scholarship program.
Level of study: Undergraduate, Masters, and Training
Field of Study
The subjects or fields of study provided are often related to development. This includes courses in the fields of aquaculture, health, food technology, economics, international development, GIS, information technology, agriculture, environment, human rights, microfinance, etc.
Number of Scholarships
The number of scholarships awarded by the ARES scholarship is 200 (i.e. 130 for Master’s and Bachelor’s scholarships and 70 for Continuing education scholarships to nationals of its partner countries.)ARES Scholarship 2024/2025 Application Form, Eligibility, How To Apply
Acceptance rate: Not Specified
ARES Scholarship Value/Inclusions
Amounts for a Bachelor’s or Master’s scholarship
|International travel costs||Receipts must be provided||Economy-class travel on an IATA-approved airline, with a maximum of one round-trip ticket per academic year.|
|Living allowance||Lump sum||For a duration of 12 months (+13th month reduced).|
|Exceptional costs related to visa applications||When the amount is greater than 200 €, actual costs are to be notified.|
|Registration fees||At the current rate for DGD scholars.|
|Insurance costs||Directly paid by ARES.|
Amounts for a Continuing education scholarship
|International travel costs||Receipts must be provided||Economy-class travel on an IATA-approved airline, one round-trip ticket.|
|Living allowance||Lump sum||For the duration of the course.|
|Indirect mission costs||Lump sum||This amount is given once per stay, upon arrival of the scholar.|
|Insurance costs||Directly paid by ARES.|
The scholarship is open for nationals of Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Eligibility for the ARES Scholarship
In order to be eligible, the applicant must:
- Be national, reside and work in one of the following countries: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
- Hold a diploma comparable to a graduate level degree (300 credits ECTS) from Belgian university studies for advanced masters and countinuing education courses (equivalent to Bac+5); Hold a diploma comparable to a undergraduate level degree (180 credits ECTS) for advanced bachelors (equivalent to Bac+3). The candidate must have held the relevant academic degree for a maximum of 20 years at the time of the start of the course. This maximum period is increased by one year by childbirth and/or adoption.
- Possess relevant professional experience in a ARES partner country of at least two years after graduate studies for advanced bachelors, after postgraduate studies for advanced masters and countinuing education courses.
- Complete the application in the language in which the training is given and can attest a good written and spoken knowledge of it. Moreover, knowing a minimum of French allows for a good integration into daily life in Belgium.
- Apply for only one training course.
To be considered for an ARES scholarship, applicants must not have previously been admitted to a French-speaking university in Belgium.
ARES Scholarship Step-by-Step Application Guide
Your application should be submitted to ARES via the GIRAF platform:
- You must first ensure that you have an active GIRAF account.
- You can create an account on the GIRAF platform via this link. This account will be validated (within a few hours to a few days, don’t create more than one account) by ARES and you will receive a confirmation mail to create a password.
- If you created a validated account last year, you can reuse that account and if necessary reset your password.
- Once logged into your GIRAF account, you can access the application form via the Competitive calls tab of your GIRAF profile. Please note that you must only click once on the “International training application 2024-2025” button. You will then find your form in the “My tasks” table of the Competitive calls.
- You can complete your form several times, as long as you use the “Save and edit later” option. You will find your form each time in the “My Tasks” table of the Competitive calls tab in GIRAF.
- As soon as you click on “Submit my application”, your application is sent to ARES and you can no longer modify it. You can still consult it in the “My submitted files” table.
Check the ARES Scholarship official website for information/updates concerning the scholarship
Applications must be submitted through GIRAF by November 17, 2023, at 12pm (Belgian time, UTC+1). Applications received after this deadline will be rejected.