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KU Leuven Masters, PhD, Science@Leuven and Global Minds Scholarships



Application Deadline: 15th February 2019

KU Leuven Scholarship Invitation: Applications are currently ongoing for the KU Leuven Masters, PhD, Science@Leuven and Global Minds Scholarships for International Students. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

KU Leuven Masters, PhD, Science@Leuven and Global Minds Scholarships

Science@Leuven Masters Scholarship Details and FAQs

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The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, abbreviated KU Leuven and also known as the University of Leuven, is a research university in the Dutch-speaking city of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium.

The Faculty of Science and its alumni association Science@Leuven are proud to announce the Science@Leuven Scholarships for the 2019/2020 academic session! The Science@Leuven Scholarships are for motivated and talented international students who are interested in participating in an international master programme of the Faculty of Science of the K.U.Leuven.

When is the application deadline?

15th February 2019

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?

Yes

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

International

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenBelgium

Eligible Fields of Study

Eligible International Master Programme under the Faculty of Science at K.U. Leuven:

•  Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics
•  Master of Biology
•  Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
•  Master of Chemistry
•  Master of Geography
•  Master of Mathematics
•  Master of Physics
•  Master of Statistics
•  Interuniversity Master of Geology (only students applying for the specialisation Geodynamics and Georesources or Surface processes and Paleoenvironments can apply for the scholarship)
•  Erasmus Mundus Master of Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling
•  Erasmus Mundus Master Sustainable and Territorial Development

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

Candidates must meet and prove the following requirements:

•  the applicants have not studied or worked at the University of Leuven before,
•  the applicants have a bachelor degree from a foreign university that gives them access to the master programme they are applying for,
• the applicants have not yet acquired a master degree or a PhD,
•  the applicants can prove having had excellent study results during their former training,
•  the applicants can prove a very strong knowledge of English,
•  the applicants show strong motivation to follow a master programme at the Faculty of Science of the K.U.Leuven
•  the applicants are willing to act as an ambassador for the programme.

How are selections made?

The selection procedure involves several steps:

  1. The applicants go through the admission procedure of the Master Programme of their choice.  Only students admitted to a Master Programme of the Faculty of Science are considered for the scholarship.
  2. The applicants with a complete file and meeting all the necessary requirements are selected for the first round.
  3. The list of applicants per master programme is sent to the respective programme director who ranks the students eligible for the Scholarship.
  4. The selection committee receives the list of the selected applicants per programme and agrees on a ranking of all the applicants.
  5. The selection committee selects a number of students to be interviewed via skype.
  6. The selected applicants are interviewed via skype
  7. The selection committee makes a final ranking of all the candidates that have been interviewed.
  8. The Board of the Science@Leuven Fund defines how many scholarships are available and awards the scholarships.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

The amount of the scholarship can be up to 10.000 Euro for 1 year. The scholarship will always cover the tuition fee for 1 year, the insurance and a basic health insurance coverage. The amount awarded for living expenses can vary.

How long will the scholarship last?

1 year.

Most master programmes of the Faculty of Science are 2-year programmes. The scholarship for the second master year will be only be continued for students having had outstanding results the first master year.

How to Apply for the Science@Leuven Masters Scholarship

  1. Apply for the master programme of your choice through the application tool of the KU Leuven.
  2. In the application form you have to apply for the Science@Leuven Scholarship by looking for the scholarship in the drop-down box.  Do not forget this step or we will not know that you are applying for the scholarship!
  3.  upload all the necessary information via the KU Leuven application tool.
  4. It is VERY IMPORTANT to follow all instructions before applying.

Scholarship Webpage


KU Leuven Masters Scholarships (VLIR-UOS) Details and FAQs

Applications are open for the VLIR-UOS scholarships all taken at KU Leuven, Belgium.

When is the application deadline?

1st February 2019

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Developing Countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Belgium

Fields of Study

  • Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies
  • Master of Human Settlements
  • Master of Science in Food Technology
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Development
  • Master in Water Resources Engineering

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  1. The applicant must be a national and resident of one of the 31 scholarship countries (not necessarily the same country) at the time of application:
    • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
    • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
    • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru
  2. The applicant must be eligible for admittance to the selected Master programme at KU Leuven.
  3. The maximum age for a Master programme candidate is 35 years for an initial masters and 40 years for an advanced masters. The maximum age for a training candidate is 45 years. The candidate cannot succeed this age on January 1 of the intake year.
  4. Application for admission in one of the VLIR ICP programmes listed below leads automatically to a VLIR UOS scholarship application. No further action is needed if you meet all the prerequisites.

How many scholarship awards are available?

12 scholarships per Master’s programme

What are the benefits of the award?

Scholarships are provided for the full duration of the master programme. It is not possible to apply for a partial scholarship.

What is the duration of the programme?

Duration of the Master’s programme, 1 to 2 years

How to Apply for the Programme

Applicants are encouraged to follow the application instructions before applying here.

Programme Webpage


KU Leuven PhD Scholarship Details and FAQs

KU Leuven promoters can apply for a 4 year PhD project for a candidate from a developing country who wishes to obtain a doctorate at KU Leuven (“developing country” refers to a country on the OECD DAC-list from the categories “Least Developed Countries”, “Low Income Countries” of “Low Middle Income Countries”). To strengthen the embedding of the research within the concerned country, a co-promoter affiliated with a university or research institute from that country must be involved. 

When is the application deadline?

14th March, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

Developing countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Belgium

What is the category of this opportunity?

PhD

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

The KU Leuven applicant and (optional) co-promoter meet the conditions to be a promoter or co-promoter of a project under Internal Funds. The applicant will also be the promoter of the doctorate at KU Leuven.The foreseen doctorate must meet the KU Leuven requirements for the attainment of a doctoral degree (see regulation doctoral degrees and guidelines joint doctoral degree). The following additional conditions apply:

  • There is a co-promoter in the concerned developing country. This co-promoter should have the necessary scientific expertise to supervise the project and is an authority in the field and the institute. This co-promoter should play an active role in the project, remotely or as host during short stays;
  • The research should be conducted at KU Leuven. Short stays or missions to the concerned developing country and/or other foreign stays are allowed, but they must be described in the original application. In case of approval of the application, these stays must be reported to the Research Coordination Office and must be in line with the original application;
  • The dissertation should be defended within the period of 4 years. The KU Leuven promoter must confirm that this is feasible and that they will do whatever is necessary in order to make sure the doctorate can be finished within the foreseen time period.
  • The PhD candidate must in principle still complete the whole doctoral trajectory. It is possible that the PhD candidate has already started a predoc or a doctorate at KU Leuven, but no longer than 8 months (incl. the predoctoral period) on the deadline date of this call;
  • The PhD candidate has not applied for a Global Mind PhD Scholarship;

What are the selection criteria?

The following selection criteria will be used by the Research Council (or its Bureau):

  • Mainly the scientific quality of the doctoral project and the research competency of the candidate;
  • The scientific quality of all the (co-)promoters;
  • The quality of the planned supervision of the doctorate.

The following selection criteria will be used by the IRO Selection Committee:

  • The importance of the described developmental problem in relation to its local context on which the research will have impact;
  • The added value of the proposal for the solution or better understanding of the developmental problem that is the subject of the research;
  • The local embedding in the developing country: the efficiency and sustainability of the project.

How many scholarship awards are available?

Each year a maximum of 5 ‘PhD scholarships for researchers from the South’ can be funded at KU Leuven.

What are the benefits of the award?

an approval contains a doctoral scholarship at KU Leuven for 4 years, a predoctoral period of max. 12 months (if the doctoral committee advises to do so) and a one-off reimbursement of travel costs from the home country of the PhD student to Belgium at the start of the doctorate (max. €1000 and based on proof of expenditure). The PhD student is exempt from the tuition fee at KU Leuven. In case a predoctoral period is imposed and the predoc is not successful, the involved candidate can also claim reimbursement of travel costs for the return trip to the home country (max. €1000 and based on proof of expenditure).

What is the duration of the programme?

The doctoral scholarships have a duration of maximum 4 years. The mandate starts on October 1st of the year of the approval (other starting dates are possible on request). In case the PhD student has obtained a doctoral scholarship at KU Leuven before, that period will be subtracted from the 4 year period.

How to Apply for the Programme

The application must mainly contain the following elements (see digital application form for further specifications):

  • Authorization from the doctoral committee to enroll as a PhD researcher. (this authorization is academic and does not guarantee the funding of a PhD scholarship!)
  • An identification of the KU Leuven promoter and (optional) co-promoter with their CV and a description of the supervision of the PhD student;
  • An identification of the co-promoter at the university or research institute in the developing country with CV and a description of the supervision of the PhD student;
  • The project description and work plan of the doctoral project, demonstrating the academic strength of the proposal, as well as the relevance in a developmental context and the potential impact, and the local embedding and the potential to increase the local capacity. In the work plan, any planned foreign stays must explicitly be described (max. 5p);
  • The curriculum vitae of the candidate, including a motivation about the stay at the KU Leuven research group and its relevance for the home country (max. 3p);
  • A detailed description of the collaboration and the supervision of the doctorate (max. 1p);
  • A motivation letter from the KU Leuven promoter containing (a) a clarification of the scientific added value of the project, (b) the relevance for the development of the country concerned, (c) a description of the aimed for (or current) collaboration with the foreign co-promoter, and (d) a formal confirmation to fulfill the supervising and logistic task in order to enable the completion of the doctorate within the foreseen time period.

Programme Webpage


Global Minds Doctoral Scholarship Details and FAQs

The aim is to give students the opportunity to conduct PhD research in a ‘sandwich’ system, which means that 50% of the research takes place at KU Leuven and 50% at the home institution of the scholar, supported by a local co-promotor. The PhD-degree is awarded by KU Leuven.

The scholarships are offered to excellent proposals that deal with a development-relevant research topic, preferably linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. Having obtained their doctoral degree from KU Leuven, the PhD-holders are expected to utilise their expertise at the university in their home country.

KU Leuven is situated at about twenty kilometers from Brussels, the capital of both Belgium and Europe. It is the oldest university of the Low Countries. As such, it has a long-standing tradition of hospitality towards students and scholars from abroad. Currently, almost 7,000 international students (about 15% of the total number of students at KU Leuven) have found their home away from home in Leuven.

As one of its contributions to development cooperation, every academic year KU Leuven selects exceptional students from developing countries as scholarship candidates to obtain their PhD from the largest university of Belgium.

When is the application deadline?

15th January 2019

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
  • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Belgium

What is the category of this opportunity?

Doctoral

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  1. The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries included in the VLIR-UOS scholarship country list.
  2. Candidates who have citizenship of the EU will not be selected. The same applies to applicants with a long-term EU residence permit.
  3. The candidate’s latest Master’s degree must have been awarded no more than ten years prior to 1 October 2019 (including the ongoing calendar year).
  4. The candidate must have been awarded an academic grade equivalent to High Distinction or higher. Degrees obtained with a final score equivalent to second class second/lower division will not be taken into consideration.
  5. The research project must be of excellent academic quality, with a special focus on the development relevance of the proposal.
  6. The research project must have a clear time frame that indicates how the research periods at KU Leuven and at the home institution will alternate (a maximum period of 12 months at the home institution should alternate with a maximum period of 12 months at KU Leuven).
  7. The candidate must be formally affiliated to a university in the home country as an employee. In case the candidate has no such affiliation yet, he/she is eligible to apply to this scholarship programme but will only be granted the scholarship once such an affiliation is obtained. All parties involved in the PhD proposal (candidate, KU Leuven promotor, local co-promotor and the home university of the candidate) should be able to comply with the stipulations contained in the scholarship contract, which can be consulted here.
  8. The applicant’s home university must demonstrate sufficient support for the doctoral project, guaranteeing that the candidate can dedicate himself/herself sufficiently to conducting doctoral research during the periods spent at the home institution. Candidates who are not yet affiliated to a university in their home country do not yet have to demonstrate the support of the home university. However, the scholarship will only be granted once the candidate is formally affiliated to a university in the home country and when, consequently, that university can demonstrate sufficient support. All parties involved in the PhD proposal (candidate, KU Leuven promotor, local co-promotor and the home university of the candidate) should be able to comply with the stipulations contained in the scholarship contract.
  9. Candidates who are already enrolled as PhD-students at KU Leuven and who are financed by KU Leuven are not eligible for this programme. However, they might be eligible for the PhD Scholarships for Researchers from the South.
  10. Candidates who have been employed before in an EEA country other than Belgium are not eligible for this scholarship. They may be eligible for the PhD Scholarships for Researchers from the South though.
  11. The candidate must demonstrate a development-oriented motivation.
  12. The candidate must be supported by a KU Leuven promoter.
  13. The candidate must be supported by a local co-promoter at his/her home university.
  14. The candidate must be supported by excellent recommendations provided by relevant referees.
  15.  The candidate must follow the application procedure and complete his/her file before 15 January 2019.

    Please make sure to fill in the application form with the following instructions:

    • First name and last name EXACTLY as written on the passport.
    • What is the category of this opportunity? of programme: Doctoral Programme (diploma contract) or Predoctoral Programme. Select the doctoral or predoctoral programme in your field of study.
    • Academic year:  please select 2019-2020.
    • Is this application also intended as a scholarship application? Yes.
    • Name of the scholarship agency: Global Minds Doctoral Scholarship
  16. The candidate has read and agreed to the Regulations, Obligations and Conditions for Terminating the GM PhD Scholarship.
  17. Candidates are asked not to submit their application unless it fulfills the conditions enlisted above. Incomplete or late applications will not be taken into consideration; no exceptions will be made.

What are the benefits of the award?

The scholarship covers ALL related expenses (full cost).

What is the duration of the program?

The Doctoral programmes will last for one or two academic years while the shorter predoctoral programmes will last 14 to 90 days.

How to Apply for the Programme

  • The candidate must follow the application procedure  and complete his/her file before January 15, 2019. Please make sure to fill in the application form with the following instructions:
  • It is important to go through ALL Application instructions and requirements on the Program Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Program Webpage


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