For all international students


Type of grant

Research grant



Sectors and fields of study

Art of building and urban planning, Medical sciences, Public health sciences (except for Human and Social sciences disciplines and the likes), Veterinary sciences, Dental sciences, Biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, Motricity sciences, Sciences -except for Tourism studies and management and Geographic sciences (Human or Social Sciences disciplines and the likes), Agronomic sciences and biological engineering, Technology and engineering sciences,  Psychological and Education sciences.


Programme description

The purpose of the FRIA scholarship is to complete a PhD in 4 years in fields of research related to industry or agriculture. It is in the form of two successive grants: the 1st scholarship for a maximum duration of 27 months and the 2nd scholarship for a maximum duration of 21 months.


The granting of FRIA grants is intended for the completion of the Ph.D. within 4 years.

Ph.D. researchers can be granted successively with a grant twice maximum. The duration of the 1st Grant is 27 months. The duration of the 2nd Grant is 21 months.

The duration of the 1st Grant may be reduced to 15 months if the applicant applies after one year of Ph.D.

The 2nd Grant can be allocated for less than 21 months but for a minimum term of 15 months.

Financial terms

Grant amounts are determined once a year by the Board of Trustees of the FRIA, within the limit of the budget of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

The amount of the grant is mentioned on the F.R.S.-FNRS website.

Grant funded by

F.R.S.-FNRS, National Fund for Scientific Research.

Eligibility criteria

Nationality.ies – Profile

FRIA grants are strictly restricted to graduates with an academic education who aim to develop their research career in the industry or agriculture. For this purpose, they shall pursue their studies leading to a Ph.D. in a university of French-speaking Belgium under the supervision of a promoter and a postdoctoral co-promoter.

Level of study required

Master’s degree.

Application process

How to apply

The call for FRIA applications is opened once a year and is published on the F.R.S.-FNRS website.

The application for a 1st Grant can be submitted in French or in English. It must only be submitted through the e-space online platform dedicated to the calls for proposals.

Applicants to a 2nd Grant are given access to the electronic form by the FRIA on e-space.

Both 1st and 2nd Grant applications are submitted to a procedure including three successive electronic validations on the dates that will be indicated when the call is published:

  • The validation by the applicant.
  • The validation by the promoter selected.
  • The validation by the research administration (or Board of Education) of the university of French-speaking Belgium.

Call and rules

Contact – Find out more

For Brazilian and Mexican citizens:

Marie-Christine Fraselle - - +32 2 504 92 20