Tailored opportunities: Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries


It is a (North- South) sandwich PhD program, the candidate from developing country will spend 24 months in Ghent University and 24 months in a University in a developing country.

Who can apply?

  • The candidate who can find professor from Ghent University who can be supervisor or ‘promoter’ for the doctoral research and who agrees to support the application.
  • There is no restriction with the field of research though topics that are relevant for development are demanded
  • Anyone with a nationality of any developing country and who can provide the following documents:
    • The candidate must have a local supervisor at the partner University
    • Whether the candidate is either a fulltime funded PhD student or staff member of the partner University
    • That the candidate is exempted from teaching and other assignments in order to concentrate on the PhD research in the south
    • That the candidate gets scholarship or salary during the 24 months of the candidate’s PhD research at local University in the South

How to apply?

Applications should be made on the application form provided for this purpose Criteria used for candidate selection are the following: Applicant’s qualification, doctoral project , relevance of research topic for development, scientific potential of the promoter’s research group/s, partnership between Ghent University and the local institute, the scientific potential of the local institute

Funding or Benefits?

  • There will be funding for the 24 months at Ghent University with the support from “Special Research Fund”, the remaining 24 months will not be funded
  • The promoter from Ghent University will receive €15,440 for operational costs and the travelling costs of the student, and promoters

Deadline? March 4, 2019

For detailed information about the call please visit this link


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Author: African Academic/Researcher

I am an Agricultural Economist and now I am PhD candidate in Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Forest and Resource Economics.

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