Scholarship opportunities

Financial support from the institution which welcomes you

Some institutions offer various student financial support: grants, reductions in registration fees, housing benefits...Students who need financial support for their academic stay in Wallonia-Brussels should contact the social services implemented within the institution.Choose your institution

Erasmus Mundus programmes in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation

The Erasmus Mundus programme is funded by the European Union and sets out to enhance and improve the quality of European higher education by encouraging academic cooperation and exchanges worldwide.

The program is broken down into three actions:

  • Action 1 Joint Master’s and Doctorates;
  • Action 2 Partnerships between European and non-European higher education establishments;
  • Action 3 Projects to promote European Higher Education.

Action 1 – the Erasmus Mundus Master’s and doctorates are joint programs leading to the conferral of joint, double or multiple degrees that are officially recognised.

Study grants are only awarded for Master’s degrees and doctorates selected under Erasmus Mundus.

The Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s and Doctorate programs mainly target two categories of students who must apply according to different procedures and timetables:

  • The 1st category includes students from countries defined in the Erasmus Mundus program as « third countries », namely all the countries of the world with the exception of the Member States of the enlarged European Area and that are neither resident or have not exercised their main activity (studies, employment, etc.) for more than 12 months in total over the past five years in one of these 27 Member States of the EU. They will be eligible to apply for a type A Erasmus Mundus grant.
  • The 2nd category includes students who are nationals of the Enlarged European Area, or non-European students who have spent a significant part of their studies or professional activities in one of the Member States of the EU mentioned above, for a period of over 12 consecutive months during the last five years. These students can apply for a B type grant.

Those interested in an Erasmus Mundus grant must apply directly to the consortium that awards the Erasmus Mundus Master’s or Doctorate and undergo a selection process organised by the partners involved. Each consortium defines its own criteria for the selection of the applicants (see below for the Erasmus Mundus programme in Wallonia-Brussels).

To find out more, contact the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus consortium that proposes a joint Master’s or Doctorate.

Useful links

Site of the European Commission

Site of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency responsible for the management of the Erasmus Mundus program

Erasmus Mundus Pprogrammes in Wallonia-Brussels

Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes in Wallonia Brussels :

Erasmus Mundus PhD programmes in Wallonia-Brussels :

 


 

 

Wallonia-Brussels International excellence grants (Post-doctorate)

Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) is a public authority entrusted with the international relations of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.In a context of greater mobility and globalisation, for several years now WBI has been running a programme of excellence grants that makes it possible to receive foreign researchers in universities of Wallonia and Brussels.This scholarship IN WBI program is intended to foreign nationals holding a PhD from a foreign institution of higher education.The types of grants are:

  • postdoctoral of a minimum duration of 1 year level grants renewable once;
  • short-term research grants of a duration of 1 to 3 months.

All the necessary information and application forms are available on the site http://wbi.be/en/services/service/obtaining-grant-excellence-pursue-high-level-education-wallonia-brussels-0#.U15Ff1RV3AU  

AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) grants: internship, Master’s, Doctorate, Post-doctorate

Several types of grants are offered to foster the mobility of students, researchers and teachers: Master’s grants, professional internship grants, cultural internship grants, doctoral grants and research specialisation grants (post doctoral), research specialisation grants (excluding post-doctorate), training specialisation grants, support and teaching missions, and network mobilities, etc.Interested persons must be properly registered in a higher education establishment that is a member of the AUF (Agency Universitaire de la Francophonie).For more information about the timetable and selection criteria, consult the website of the AUF regional office closest to your host establishment.Useful links:Website of the AUFThe higher education establishments that are members of the AUF: http://www.auf.org/l-auf/nos-membres/

Grants awarded by international organisations

International organisations (UNESCO, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the ILO …) award funding, mostly for doctoral studies in precise fields or research travel grants.To find out more, consult their websites.Useful links:List of the United Nations bodies: http://www.unsystem.org/

Grants awarded by the applicant’s country of origin (all levels of study)

In order to fund your planned studies in the Community Wallonia-Brussels, it is possible that subsidies may be granted by the government or a national body of your country of origin.Find out more from your home institution.

Grants awarded by the Belgian Development Agency – Master’s and Doctorate

Study grants are awarded by the Belgian Development Agency to nationals of partner countries.Study grants: mainly awarded to finance Master’s courses. As a general rule, the duration of these grants is 1 or 2 academic years.Doctoral grants: mainly concern students preparing a doctorate. This type of grants covers a 16-month stay that the grant student can spend in Belgium to conduct research work.Grants to cover internships or study trips are mainly awarded to experts active within the framework of cooperation services.To find out more, consult the website of the Belgian Development Agency: http://www.btcctb.org/en/scholarships

Grants awarded by the Scientific Research Fund (FRS – FNRS) – Doctorate

Doctoral grants are awarded by the Scientific Research Fund for the preparation and presentation of a doctoral thesis.The grants are for two years, renewable once (maximum duration of 48 months).The applicant must submit their application no later than three years after obtaining the last Master’s or Complementary Master’s degree.If your Master’s degree is not issued by a University of the French Community of Belgium, you must obtain the recognition of its equivalence to a Belgian diploma in order to be able to apply.Attention: the application file must be validated by a thesis supervisor (tutor).Eligible scientific fields: all fields.Deadline for the submission of the application: this is an annual call for applications, the deadline for the submission of the application is around January-February for a course starting in October.Useful links: http://www.fnrs.be/en/index.php/funding 

The UNESCO Fellowships Programmes

Fellowships are an effective modality for UNESCO to enhance the human resources and capacity-building of Member States, especially developing countries. Fellowships are specially tailored training which are designed to give qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the field of the UNESCO programme priorities an opportunity to receive additional and practical training, thus contributing to the advancement and circulation of knowledge and skill promoting development and international understanding.I. Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programmes    UNESCO/People’s Republic of China (The Great Wall)    UNESCO/Czech Republic Co-Sponsored Fellowships    UNESCO/Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships    UNESCO/Republic of Korea Co-Sponsored Fellowships    UNESCO/ISEDC (Russian Federation) Co-Sponsored Fellowships    UNESCO/Israel (Mashav) Co-Sponsored FellowshipsII. Extra-budgetary Fellowships Programmes    UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi - Japan Young Researchers Fellowships    UNESCO/Saudi Arabia Fellowships Programme (Enhancing Palestinian Human Capital)