Going abroad after graduation

Almost graduated? An experience abroad may be worth considering. Whether you feel the need to continue studying, or to carry out an international internship or to conduct research; all of these possibilities are right there for you to explore.

Discover the international opportunities and financially supporting possibilities. Although the number of candidates often exceeds the available grants, don’t let this stop you from taking a serious chance. Keep a close eye on deadlines and procedures, and prepare your application carefully.

Beforehand, give your personal career goals a serious thought to underpin your choices and applications. This will  help you to move yourself forward to the next step in your professional career.

Don’t miss out the yearly information event in Autumn.

To obtain a degree

Below you find some interesting funding possibilities for further academic study. Although sometimes timelines may be divergent, applications at universities and grant bodies are often run simultaneously. In some cases universities offer scholarships as well. It may be interesting to take a look at embassy websites for further information on scholarships for international students in the country concerned.

In Europe

Outside Europe



Gain extra assets such as professional experience, intercultural skills, foreign language knowledge, by an immersion in a different (working) culture, while building your international network, ... Highly recommended!

  • Erasmus+ traineeship: grants from the European Erasmus+ Programme for traineeship in Europe (within 12 months after graduation), with support of Flanders Trainee Platform
  • Flanders Trainee Programme : Grants for traineeship at international organizations
  • Young associate programme: with support of The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECED)
  • Internships and traineeships in the US with support of Belcham
  • Erasmus for young entrepreneurs: practical and financial support for aspiring or new entrepreneurs who have a permanent resident in one of the Participating Countries;
  • International volunteer program funded by the European Commission for all young people legally resident in Europe

Research: going abroad during or after your PhD

  • Explore the possibilities to start a PhD at Ghent University. Even a Joint PhD degree may be within reach. In that case the doctoral degree is awarded by two or more (international) institutions, sharing the responsibilities of supervising, coordination and examining a researcher’s work towards a PhD degree.
  • International mobility during your PhD and/or postdoc gives you the chance to work in the best environments in the world, to network with key people in your field, to learn new skills and insights and ultimately, to challenge yourself as a person and as a professional if your destination is chosen well.
  • Fullbright scholarships for European citizens to conduct research in the United States
  • BAEF scholarships for Belgian nationals for study or (post)doctoral research.