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 and Jimma Universities 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 (UGent). In 2019 Pascal Boeckx took over the coordinatorship from Luc Duchateau.

This PhD programme is the first of its kind worldwide in providing 250 sandwich PhD scholarships to Ethiopian academic staff members in a time span of 10 years (2017-2026). At the same time this is an interuniversity programme with North promoters coming from the different Flemish universities, and PhD students from all Ethiopian universities.

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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 (UGent) and Ragna Frans (VLIRUOS).

Each university has a dedicated contact person:

Yearly Call

A call for research topics is open from October till December. In December the call with topics for PhD candidates is launched. The deadline for the local PhD candidates to apply is end of February. The selection by Belgian and Ethiopian promoters is confirmed end of March.
On yearly basis there are 15 positions available (7 for UGent and 2 for each of the other Flemish Universities).

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Network for Advancement of Sustainable Capacity in Education and Research in Ethiopia (NASCERE) - Management Manual (Version 3) - August 2020.

Information for the PhD student

Read the general information 2020