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Master Grants for students from developing countries

Ghent University provides Master Grants to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University. They are awarded for the duration of the studies with a maximum of 2 years. In case of a two-year-programme the scholarship will only be paid for the full term if the student successfully completes the first year of the programme. The scholarship consists of an insurance, an allowance of 1000 euro per month, an installation fee of 500€ and a refund of the yearly tuition fee with a maximum of 105€.

Deadline and decisionAbout the Master GrantsWhich programmesWho can apply?Selection procedureHow to apply?

Deadline and decision

There are different procedures according to what kind of applicant you are. The procedures are explained below.

The selection date is the 28th of May 2015. Results will be communicated in the first week of june 2015.

Important information: every student needs to have academic admission before he/she can apply for the Master Grants. Detailed information below sorted by category.

About the Master Grants

Each year, a maximum of 10 scholarships can be awarded.

The master scholarships are awarded for the duration of the studies, aiming at the delivery of a Ghent University diploma after max. 2 years of study. The scholarship is paid for the total duration of the studies.

In case of a 2-year study programme, the 2nd year will be paid upon successful completion of 60 credits.

The scholarship fee consists of:

  • Allowance of €1000 per month.
  • One-time only installation fee of €500
  • Insurance (health, civil liability, repatriation)
  • Yearly reimbursement of the tuition fee with a maximum of €105

Warning: in case of increased tuition fee for the master's programme, Ghent University will only reimburse the refundable part. Fees vary according to the programme and can be up to €8000 e.g. certain Erasmus Mundus programmes.

Airline ticket and visa costs are not included in the grant.

Which programmes?

+ 7 International Course Programmes (ICP)*

 

Who can apply?

Applicants who already received a Master Grant in the past, are not eligible.

Degree

You have to have a bachelor degree when you submit your application.

Nationality

Master programme:

Language and proficiency

You should have a very good command of the English language. Check the language requirements.

Selection procedure

Eligibility check

Application files that do not comply with all eligibility criteria or submission requirements, will not be considered for selection.

Selection Committee

The Council for Development Cooperation (COS or Commissie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) makes a selection of the applications based in part on the recommendations obtained from a working group of this Council.

The Council then proceeds to formulate well-founded recommendations to the Executive Committee of Ghent University.

Selection criteria

The recommendations are based on:

  • The qualifications of the applicant for the master grant (this also implies that the chances of overly qualified candidates might increase).
  • Students who successfully follow the first year of a Master Grant programme at Ghent  University may have a higher chance of selection.
  • There is no strict age limit, altough applicants below 40 years are preferred.
  • The significance of the master's programme for the student's country.
  • Validation of the knowledge in the student's country.
  • The student's nationality (see nationality).
  • The motivation of the applicant.
  • IMPORTANT selection criterium: Proof of relation with UGent: Demonstrate that the university of your studies, your current or future employer has a relation with Ghent University (former or current). For example: staff exchange, research projects, publications, etc.

For Ghent University it's important that for this type of grants, the student will return to his/her home country upon their study and add to the UGent international network in developing countries. Therefore as a prerequisite we ask that you can demonstrate that the university of your studies, your current or your future employer already has a former or current relation with UGent. It's an asset if this is in the field of your study, but if there's already collaboration in another field, that's also good.

In view of the extremely high number of Master Grant applications we normally receive, your application will not be eligible if there's no relation at all. It's up to the applicant to add documents or letters that support this institutional link.

How to apply?

There are 4 types of students. Choose the type you belong to, to see how you need to apply.

I. Application for new students applying for List A of Master programmes

II. Application for new students applying for List B of Masters programmes

III. Application for students already in their first master at Ghent University

IV. Application for students already having official admission to Ghent University

 

I. Application for new students applying for List A of Master programmes

STEP 1:

Send an e-mail to admission@UGent.be with the following information:

Title of your e-mail: Admission - Master Grant 2015-2016

Content of your e-mail:

  • Your first and last name (surname) separately
  • Your complete postal address
  • Date and place of birth
  • The programme you are applying for

IMPORTANT: The deadline for application for admission(complete file) is 24th December 2014.

STEP 2:

You've got officially admitted? The student administration will forward all the names of the admitted applicants to the Development Cooperation Office on the 15th of March 2015.

STEP 3:

On the 16th of March 2015 you will get an invitation by e-mail to apply online by the UGent Master Grant application tool. The deadline will be 15th of April 2015. All your documents (diploma, admission letter, etc.) will be automatically uploaded into the application tool. You'll need to write a motivation and future plans, give 2 references and proof that the university of your studies or your current or future employer has a relationship with Ghent University. For example: staff exchange, research projects, publications, etc. Note that questions about this will not be answered. If you do not know this, please go to the administration office of your university or employment and ask them to guide you.


II. Application for new students applying for List B of Master programmes

+ 7 International Course Programmes (ICP)

STEP 1:

Please visit the website of the program and apply before the 24th of December 2014.

How to apply is mentioned on their website.

STEP 2:

The programme coordinators will forward all the names of the admitted applicants to the Development Cooperation Office on the 15th of March 2015.

STEP 3:

On the 16th of March 2015 you will get an invitation by e-mail to apply online by the UGent Master Grant application tool. The deadline will be 15th of April 2015. All your documents (diploma, admission letter, etc.) will be automatically uploaded into the application tool. You'll need to write a motivation and future plans, give 2 references and proof that the university of your studies or your current or future employer has a relationship with Ghent University. For example: staff exchange, research projects, publications, etc. Note that questions about this will not be answered. If you do not know this, please go to the administration office of your university or employment and ask them to guide you.


III. Application for students already in their first master at Ghent University

The application should be made online through a new application tool from the 15th of January on.

The link to this tool will be posted here on the 15th of January. The deadline will be the 15th of April 2015.

NOTE: you'll need to upload the results of your first semester, write a motivation and future plans and upload 2 references.

 

IV. Application for students already having official admission to Ghent University

The application should be made online through a new application tool from the 15th of January on.

The link to this tool will be posted here on the 15th of January. The deadline will be the 15th of April 2015.

NOTE: you'll need to upload a valid admission letter, copy of your diploma and ECTS, write a motivation and future plans, give 2 references and proof that the university of your studies or your current or future employer has a relationship with Ghent University. For example: staff exchange, research projects, publications, etc. Note that questions about this will not be answered. If you do not know this, please go to the administration office of your university or employment and ask them to guide you.