Ghent University Top-up Grants

Ghent University provides Top-up Grants to candidates from all countries on the OESO-DAC list, who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University. In 2017 the call will only be open for new students applying for a master or master-after-master programme taught in English.

Note that the Master Grants do not exist anymore and they are replaced by the Ghent University Top-up Grants.

Deadline and decision

There's no open call. Each programme (taught in English) proposes their top 3 applicants to the Committee for Development Cooperation (CDC).

Decision will be taken May 18th 2017 by the CDC.

About the Top-up Grant

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

The scholarship fee consists of:

  • Allowance of €650 per month.
  • All-in insurance (health, civil liability, repatriation)

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

Which programmes?

Master programmes


Master-after-Master programmes


Who can apply?

New students who wish to obtain a Master's or Master-after-Master's degree at Ghent University.


You have to have a bachelor degree when applying for a Master programme.

You have to have a Master degree when applying for a Master-after-Master programme.


You have to come from a country on the longlist of the OESO-DAC country list.


Selection procedure


Selection Committee

The Committee for Development Cooperation makes a selection of the applications based on the recommendations obtained from a working group of this Committee.

The Committee 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 Top-up grant
  • 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

Selected students need to do their thesis at Ghent University. The Top-up grant is for 2 master-years, but the grantee needs to prove at least 54 credits in the first master year.


How to apply?

You cannot apply yourself. The programme you apply for selects a maximum of 3 top-students.