Scholarship opportunities

VLIR-UOS Full Scholarships

Attention: the competition for the limited number of VLIR-UOS scholarships is fierce. We strongly advise you to simultaneously apply to one of the organisations listed below. Our faculty gladly welcomes students with such alternative scholarships as well!

VLIR-UOS supports partnerships between universities and university colleges in Flanders (Belgium) and the South looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges. It provides a limited number of scholarships each year for students entering a two-year master degree programme at our Faculty.

Careful! This VLIR-UOS scholarship is no longer available for the following programmes: MSc in Environmental Sanitation, Physical Land Resources and Nutrition and Rural Development. It is only available for MSc in Aquaculture, Food Technology and IMRD.

The application and selection of these scholarships is handled at our Faculty by an evaluation and selection committee.
You first need to apply for admission to the programme of your choice (see the "application procedure" section at the programme of your choice in the left hand menu).

VLIR-UOS also has a specific list of eligibility criteria. The main criteria are:

  • Applicants can be no older than 35 years at the time of application
  • Applicants need to be a national AND resident of one of the 31 scholarship countries at the time of application.

Erasmus Mundus SINReM

The programme cost is set at 12.000€/year for non-European students (i.e. students from outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland), and 6.000€/year for European Students.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarships

A limited number of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarships is available for both European and non-European students. Click here for eligibility citeria and more information. Read more

EIT Raw Materials programme cost waiver

European students can request a waiver from the Management Board (supported by EIT Raw Materials) to reduce the programme cost to as low as 2,000 €/year (including insurance) and be considered for additional travel/accommodation support. Read more

Erasmus Mundus IMRD

Attention: the competition for the limited number of Erasmus Mundus,and IMRD Consortium scholarships is fierce. We strongly advise you to simultaneously apply to one of the organisations listed below. Our faculty gladly welcomes students with such alternative scholarships as well!

Scholarships from the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus programme

Detailed information about the scholarship is available here. The IMRD programme is financially supported by the Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus programme, which enables the programme to award a limited number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships each year. The application and selection of these scholarships is handled at our Faculty by an evaluation and selection committee.

Application for this scholarship is included in the programme application form.

Scholarships from the IMRD Consortium for the IMRD programme.

The IMRD Consortium offers a limited number of full scholarships for European students. The application and selection of these scholarships is handled at our Faculty by an evaluation and selection committee.

Application for this scholarship is included in the programme application form.

Scholarships from the CI-ECP Bilateral Cooperation programme for the IMRD-EKAFREE option (European students only)

Upon successful completion of the first academic year, the student can receive a scholarship for the second academic year, which will take place in South Korea.
The scholarship consists of 1.000 EUR per month for a maximum of ten months (payable only for the full months a student actually is in South Korea) and a fixed amount of 1.500 EUR for travel. This results in an overall maximum amount per student of 11.500 EUR.

Application for this scholarship is included in the programme application form.

Alternative scholarships:

Other Scholarships in cooperation with UGent

UGent Master grants

Top-up grants by Ghent University

LPDP Full Scholarships

A cooperation agreement between Ghent University and Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) enables Indonesian students to complete a Master program study at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering with financial support of the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education, Ministry of Finance. The scholarship is available for Indonesian nationals only, no older than 35 years, and showing academic excellence and strong leadership skills. Apply directly with LPDP here.

Alternative full or partial Scholarships

The following opportunities run independently from the programmes at the Faculty. This means that you need to apply separately for academic admission at our programme (with our Faculty) and for the scholarship (with the funding agencies/organisations providing the scholarship), according to their requirements and deadlines.
Some of these scholarships can be combined in order to fund your stay at our Faculty. For example, you could find a scholarship for one semester in Ghent, another scholarship for your internship, and another one to fund your thesis research abroad. It takes some energy and time on your part, but many of our self-sponsoring students work this way.

  • Study in Europe & Flanders, Belgium
    Find all information about programmes and potential funding opportunities in Europe and Flanders!
  • Flemish Government bilateral cultural agreements Scholarships
    Students from specific nationalities (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Quebec, Rumania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland) can obtain a scholarship for maximum one year of studying in Flanders. More information on eligibility, funding and application can be found here. You need to apply at a Belgian Embassy in your home country.
  • Scholarships Master Mind (Flanders Knowledge Area)
    The Government of Flanders provides up to 45 Master Mind Scholarships to outstanding Master students from all countries. The application is managed by our faculty. You yourself cannot apply for this scholarship. Out of the admitted students, the Selection committee of the Faculty will select the most rewarding students and propose these to the Flemish Government, the funding partner. The students concerned will then be informed that they have been shortlisted.
  • Belgian Development Cooperation BTC/CTB scholarships
    The policy of the Belgian Development Agency has changed strongly and scholarships are no longer available.

Funding by (Semi)governmental agencies for specific target groups

(Semi)Governmental and International Agencies and Organisations

  • ADB (Asian Development Bank)
  • AFDP (African Development Bank)
  • CEAO (Central Bank of West African States)
  • BOAD (West African Development Bank)
  • DBJ (Development Bank Japan)
  • IsDB (Islamic Development Bank)
  • World Bank
  • FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization)
  • UNDP (United Nations Development Program)
  • UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
Other Agencies and Organisations
Other Announcements:
  • U.S. Students: Ghent University is eligible as a so-called "Deferment Only" institution for the Federal Student Financial Aid Programs. U.S. students who have pre-existing U.S. Federal Student loans may qualify for a temporary suspension of the student loan repayment obligation (an “in-school deferment”) while attending Ghent University. More information

Scholarships after enrolment

Once you are enrolled in our University, several opportunities become available to you to apply for specific scholarships to support financially your internship, thesis (master dissertation) research, courses within your master programme that you follow at a university abroad, ...

You can only apply for these scholarshipson condition that your are enrolled in a Master programme at our University, so not when you are still in the application process or before courses have started. Once you are enrolled, you will be provided with detailed information on the various possibilities and the application procedure.

Information on the opportunities above is published on Minerva, the student communication site accessible only with a UGent email address and login, after enrolment in our faculty.

  • Erasmus Plus
    Once you are registered at Ghent University, and your programme includes a semester (of courses, thesis research or an internship) at another institute in Europe with which Ghent University has an agreement, you can apply for funding (provided by Europe) to help you out a minimum of 3 months and maximum 12 months. Allowance covers roughly cost of living. More details on Minerva. Deadline: February of the preceding academic year.
  • Erasmus Traineeship (during study)LotusPlus
    You can submit a request for funding for an internship in a European Partner University of our faculty. The funding is provided by Europe. Duration of stay between 2 and 12 months. Allowance covers roughly cost of living. More details on Minerva. Deadline: February of the preceding academic year.
  • Generic Scholarships
    For course work, dissertation research or internship. Available to all students going to non-European destinations. Supports you for a maximum of 5 months, and offers between 650-850EUR per month. More details on Minerva. Deadline: February of the preceding academic year.
  • CWO (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering)
    Students can apply for financial support at a specific fund of the faculty for master dissertation research outside of Belgium. The funding can support you for a minimum stay of 3 weeks. The allowance depends on the destination and ranges from 500EUR - 1000EUR to help you pay travel costs. You can apply all year round. More details on Minerva.
  • Bilateral Agreements (Ghent University)
    For course work, dissertation research or internship at non-European destinations. Supports you for a maximum of 12 months, and offers 1000EUR travel allowance. More details on Minerva.
  • ASEM DUO (Flanders Knowledge Area)
    Scholarships under the ASEM-DUO-Belgium / Flanders Fellowship Program. These scholarships can fund an exchange of one semester between Ghent and China, India, South Korea or Vietnam. Ideal for thesis research in those countries. Allowances of 650EUR per month + travel allowance, duration 4 months. More details on Minerva. Deadline: February of the preceding academic year.
  • TRANSITION (Flanders Knowledge Area)
    Scholarships to promote exchanges of students between Belgium/Flanders and 4 countries in transition, i.e. Brazil, Morocco, South Africa and Turkey. Deadline: February of the academic year preceeding the academic year of mobility. Duration between 1-12 months. Allowances of 650EUR per month + travel allowance. For course work, internship or master dissertation. Details on Minerva. Deadline: February.
  • LotusPlus and INSPIRE (Erasmus Mundus Action 2)
    Scholarship offer for European Students to go to Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, North Korea, Thailand, Vietnam or South Africa for Courses, internship or master dissertation. Deadline: February. Check Minerva for details!
  • VLIR-UOS Travel Grant
    For EU students currently studying at our faculty and going abroad for thesis research to one of the 54 scholarship countries of the VLIR-UOS list (stay of min 4 weeks) - deadline: May! Check Minerva for details!
  • Erasmus Plus traineeship
    Students who have succesfully completed their master degree can obtain funding for a traineeship after graduation. The funding is provided by Europe. Duration varies between 2 and 12 months. The internship takes place at European institutions, companies and organisations. You need to register before graduation. Contact the ITC for more information.