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Study in Belgium: 2018 100% IRO Postgraduate Scholarships at KU Leuven for Developing Countries



Application Deadline: 13th November 2017

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2018 100% IRO Postgraduate Scholarships At KU Leuven for developing countries. Interested students should see the details below.

Study in Belgium: 2018 100% IRO Postgraduate Scholarships at KU Leuven for Developing Countries

About Institution

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (“Catholic University of 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. It conducts teaching, research, and services in the sciences, engineering, humanities, medicine, law, and social sciences.

In addition to its main campus in Leuven, it has satellite campuses in Kortrijk, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Ostend, Geel, Diepenbeek, Aalst, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, and in Belgium’s capital Brussels. KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium and the Low Countries. (In 2014-15, more than 55,000 students were enrolled.) Its primary language of instruction is Dutch, although several programs are taught in English, particularly postgraduate degrees.

KU Leuven consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world. As of 2016-2017, It ranks 40th globally according to Times Higher Education, 79th according to QS World University Rankings, and 93rd according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. According to Thomson Reuters, in 2016 and 2017, KU Leuven researchers have filed more patents than any other university in Europe; its patents are also the most cited by external academics. As such, KU Leuven was ranked first in the publication’s annual list of Europe’s most innovative universities for both years. A number of its programs rank within the top 100 in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject. It is the highest-ranked university from the Low Countries.

Scholarship Details

The Katholieke Universiteit in Flanders, Belgium is offering the Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation (IRO) to interested applicants who wants to undergo a degree program at the University.

The programme is organized and managed by IRO, the University’s Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation. This programme is intended for the student to do his or her whole research at KU Leuven; therefore, any other type of agreement (e.g. Sandwich programmes, etc) are not envisioned.

Application Deadline: 13th November 2017 for the program beginning 1st October 2018

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Developing countries

To be taken at (country): Katholieke Universiteit in Flanders, Belgium

Type: PhD

Number Of Awardees: Not specified

Value Of Scholarship: Tuition fee, Health and Life Insurances, partner and child allowances, monthly stipend, travel.

Duration Of Scholarship: 

  • PhD: 48 months (4 years)
  • Pre-doctoral programme: 12 extra months (1 year)

Eligibility: To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicants must:

  • be a citizen of one of the countries on the OCDE DAC table that are considered as: Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries or Low Middle Income Countries.
  • hold an academic qualification at least equivalent to a high distinction.
  • demonstrate a development-oriented motivation.
  • be supported by a KU Leuven promoter.

How To Apply: Interested applicants must follow the application procedure and complete his file before November 13th 2017. Please make sure to fill up the application form with the following instructions:

  1. First name and last name EXACTLY as written on the passport.
  2. Status: Doctoral Programme (diploma contract) or Predoctoral programme.
  3. Academic year: If you apply between September and October 2017, you must select 2017-2018; we will change this manually once the call for applications for 2018-2019 opens. Starting from November 2017, you must select 2018-2019.
  4. Is this application also intended as a scholarship application? Yes.
  5. Name of the scholarship agency: IRO Doctoral Scholarship

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