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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 80€.

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

Deadline and decision

The new call will be online on the 5th of November.

It will be an online application form and it will be announced here.


They deadlines will presumably be as follows:

Deadline for new students: 24th of December

Deadline for students who already have admission: 31st of March

Decision will be in June

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 the first year (minimum 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 €103,9

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)*

*Only Residents from Angola, Myanmar, Niger, Pakistan, Algeria, China and Namibië can apply for a Master Grant for an ICP program. If your country is not on this list, we suggest you to check the ICP scholarship of VLIR-UOS.

Exception: ICP-students already in their first master and resident of the VLIR-UOS country list do can apply for the master grant.

Who can apply?

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


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


Master programme:

International Course Programmes (ICP):

Student, already in your first year ICP, applying for your second year ICP, check the Master Grants country list
to know if you can apply.

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?

General rules and guidelines

The application is to be made in English.

The online application tool will be here from the 5th of November onwards.


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