About the KU Leuven PhD Scholarship: KU Leuven, a famous university in Belgium, offers a variety of PhD scholarship possibilities to both national and international candidates. These grants are designed to help doctoral students conduct research leading to a Ph.D. degree.
Every academic year, as part of its contribution to development cooperation, KU Leuven selects excellent students from poor countries as scholarship candidates to receive their PhD from Belgium’s largest university. IRO, the university’s Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation, oversees the Global Minds Programme.ScholarshipBoard
The goal is to provide students with the chance to perform PhD research in a sandwich system, in which 50% of the research is conducted at KU Leuven and 50% at the scholar’s home institution, with the support of a local co-promoter. KU Leuven bestows the PhD degree.
Host Institution: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Level of study: Postgraduate (PhD)
Field of Study: PhD Research Degree in development-related topics
Number of Scholarships: Not Specified
Acceptance Rate: Not Specified
KU Leuven Ph.D. Scholarship Value/Inclusions
An approval includes a doctoral scholarship at KU Leuven for four years, a predoctoral period of up to 12 months (if the doctoral committee recommends it), and a one-time reimbursement of travel costs from the Ph.D. student’s home country to Belgium at the start of the doctorate (maximum of €1000 and based on proof of expenditure). The PhD student is exempt from the KU Leuven tuition fee. If a predoctoral time is enforced and the predoc is unsuccessful, the candidate involved can additionally seek reimbursement for travel costs for the return trip to the home country (up to €1000 and based on proof of expenditure).
Citizenship in one of the nations on the scholarship country list:
Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and South Africa
Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Palestinian Territories, and Vietnam
Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Peru
Eligibility for the KU Leuven Ph.D. Scholarship
- The applicant must be a citizen of one of the nations listed on the scholarship application form.KU Leuven Global Minds PhD Scholarship 2024 Application – How To Apply
- Candidates with EU citizenship will not be considered. The same is true for applicants who have a long-term EU residency visa.
- The most recent Master’s degree conferred on the candidate must have been awarded no more than ten years before October 1, 2023 (including the current calendar year).
- The candidate must have received an academic grade of high distinction or better. Degrees with a final grade point average of a second-class second or lower division will not be considered.
- The research project must be of high academic quality, with a particular emphasis on the proposal’s development significance.
- The candidate’s CV, utilising the Europass format
- The candidate’s bibliography, utilising this form
- The local co-promoters’ CV
- The research proposal (6 pages at the most)
- Motivation Letter
- Two recommendation letters by external, relevant referees.
KU Leuven Ph.D. Scholarship Step-by-Step Application Guide
The application must primarily include the following items (additional details can be found in the digital application form):
- Doctoral committee approval to enlist as a PhD researcher. (Academic authorization does not guarantee financing for a PhD fellowship!)
- An identity of the KU Leuven promoter and (optional) co-promoter, along with their CV and a description of the PhD student’s supervision;
An identification of the co-promoter at the university or research institute in the developing country, along with a CV and a description of the PhD student’s supervision;
- An identification of the co-promoter at the university or research institute in the developing country, along with a CV and a description of the PhD student’s supervision;
- The doctoral project’s project description and work plan prove the academic strength of the proposal, as well as its relevance in a developmental context and possible impact, as well as its local embedding and ability to enhance local capacity. Any planned international stays must be explicitly mentioned in the work plan (max. 5p).
- The candidate’s curriculum vitae, containing a rationale for staying at the KU Leuven research group and its relevance to the home country (max. 3 pages);
- A full explanation of the collaboration and doctoral supervision (max. 1 page);
- A motivation letter from the KU Leuven promoter containing (a) a clarification of the project’s scientific added value, (b) the relevance for the development of the country concerned, (c) a description of the hoped-for (or current) collaboration with the foreign co-promoter, and (d) a formal confirmation to fulfil the supervising and logistical tasks in order to complete the doctorate within the anticipated time frame.
The KU Leuven Global Minds PhD Scholarship 2024 application deadline is March 9, 2023, at 5:00PM GMT.