Network for Advancement of Sustainable Capacity in Education and Research in Ethiopia - NASCERE

A unique scholarship programmeNASCERE

Based on a long-term collaboration between Ghent University and Jimma University within the framework of a VLIR-UOS  Interuniversity Collaboration programme (IUC, 2006-2017), the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MoE) decided to launch the PhD scholarship programme NASCERE, coordinated by the former IUC coordinators Kora Tushune (Jimma University) and Luc Duchateau (Ghent University). In 2019 Pascal Boeckx took over the coordinatorship from Luc Duchateau.

This PhD programme is the first of its kind worldwide in providing about 150 sandwich PhD scholarships to academic staff members of Jimma University in a time span of 10 years (2017-2026).

Read the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Jimma University and Ghent University.

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Steering committee


  • Coordinator: Pascal Boeckx
  • UA: Steven Van Passel
  • UGent: Lieva Van Langenhove
  • UHasselt: Dirk Valkenborg
  • KUleuven: Bart Van der Bruggen
  • VUB: Ann Van Griensven
  • VLIR-UOS: Wannes Verbeeck
  • Administration: Annick Verheylezoon


  • Coordinator: Kora Tushune
  • Administration : Kassahun Eba Taddesse

Administrative follow-up

The administrative coordination of the programme is managed by Annick Verheylezoon (Ghent University).

Each university has a dedicated contact person:

Yearly Call

A call for research topics is open from October till December 24th 2020, 2021 and 2022. In January of the next year a call for PhD candidates is launched at Jimma University. The deadline for the local PhD candidates to apply is February 28th. The selection by Belgian and Ethiopian promoters is confirmed on March 31st and communicated beginning of April.
On yearly basis about 25 positions are available (50% Ghent University and 50% equally split over other Flemish Universities).

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Information for the PhD student

Read the general information 2020