Conditions and specifications for candidates

Conditions to apply for a BOF - doctoral fellowship

This call is only open for:

(1) Candidates who have submitted an eligible application in 2020 for:

  1. the call FWO PhD Fellowship fundamental research (FO) with deadline 1 March 2020
  2. the call FWO PhD Fellowship strategic basic research (SB) with deadline 1 March 2020

(2) Candidates who haven't applied for an FWO PhD Fellowship fundamental research or an FWO PhD Fellowship strategic basic research in 2020, but who are eligible to apply for one of both calls in 2021 (deadline 1 March 2021).

There are no restrictions on nationality, age or research topic.

This call is highly competitive. Excellent study results are an absolute requirement when applying for a BOF doctoral scholarship. To be taken into consideration, applicants preferably belong at least to the top 15% best students of the group of fellow students who took exams for the same degree (both on bachelor and master level). Applicants with a lower candidate score have very little chance of getting a BOF doctoral scholarship.

Specifications

  • Candidates with a current appointment as PhD scholarship holder or scientific researcher (WP) on project funding awarded to the promoter can apply for a BOF doctoral scholarship, but only under the condition they meet the FWO regulation on scientific seniority. In addition, it is not allowed to apply for funding through a BOF doctoral scholarship for the same research project as the one on which the candidate is already appointed.
  •  At the start of the BOF fellowship, candidates must qualify for a 'Dehousse scholarship', which is a PhD scholarship exempted from taxation. Therefore it is important that if a promoter wants to give the candidate an appointment in anticipation of the BOF result, this appointment is temporary and ends on 31 October 2020 at the latest in case it concerns an appointment as ATP/AAP or WP (research staff). This way the BOF PhD scholarship can start on 1 November 2020 in the form of a dehousse scholarship. When an appointment as ATP/AAP or WP has to be interrupted to pick up the BOF PhD scholarship, this is only possible when a completely new research subject is chosen.
  • PhD students can receive a dehousse scholarship (exempted from taxation) only for a maximum of 48 months during their entire academic career. When this limit is reached during the BOF fellowship, the PhD student can be appointed by BOF as WP (research staff) for a maximum of 12 months. This implies that PhD students who have already received a dehousse scholarship for more than 12 months before the start of the BOF fellowship, will have their BOF fellowship reduced by the number of months that exceed the maximum term of 12 months of appointment as WP.
  • Candidates who are awarded a BOF doctoral scholarship in 2020 and who are eligible to (re)apply for a FWO PhD Fellowship fundamental research or FWO PhD Fellowship strategic basic research in 2020 are obliged to do so.
  • In case the awarded BOF doctoral scholarship holder also applied for a FWO PhD Fellowship FO or SB in 2020 and is invited for the second FWO evaluation round (interview), he/she is obliged to participate. 

Please note: if the candidate does not participate the FWO interview the Research Council might decide to discontinue the awarded BOF doctoral scholarship and be reallocate it to a candidate on the BOF reserve list.
  • If the FWO fellowship is awarded, the candidate is obliged to switch to FWO funding. The BOF scholarship will then be reallocated to a candidate on the BOF reserve list. In this way the number of awarded doctoral scholarships at Ghent University can be maximized.