Global Minds Fund

Since 2017, the Federal Government allocates funds to Ghent University through the office of the VLIR-UOS to further develop and expand its University Development Cooperation (UDC) capacity. Global Minds Fund Ghent University provides funding for initiatives that enhance the university’s research and/or teaching capacity with respect to partnerships with the Global South. This call reaches out to all Ghent community members, to propose scientific or educational oriented initiatives.

Opportunities to build innovative responses to global and local challenges

The Commission for Development Cooperation (COS) issues new calls for 4 types of projects in 2021: Operational Grants, Capacity Building, Short Research Stays, Sensitizing Events.

Deadline proposals to start these new projects in 2021: 15 December 2020 5:00 pm (Belgian time)

1. OPERATIONAL GRANTS

Ghent University wishes to provide funding to PhD students as well as young postdoctoral fellows to either support and expand their ongoing research on development-related research issues or to promote the inclusion of a development cooperation dimension in their ongoing research as well as initiate university development cooperation research within their department.

The maximum amount of the grant is € 12,500.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for OPG (2021) and the Application form for OPG (2021).
Contact: Nancy.Terryn@ugent.be

 

2. CAPACITY BUILDING

Ghent University provides funding for initiatives that enhance the university’s research and/or teaching capacity with respect to development cooperation. This call reaches out to all Ghent community members, academic and non-academic staff and students, to propose scientific or educational oriented initiatives.

Proposals can be submitted for one of the following budget categories:

  1. Category A up to €7,500 (e.g. explorative missions, guest lectures, staff training, …)
  2. Category B up to €15,000 (e.g. conference) for which the co-financing of minimum €7.500 is required

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for CB (2021) and the Application form for CB (2021).
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3. SHORT RESEARCH STAYS

Ghent University wishes to provide funding to junior and senior researchers from one of the 31 VLIR-UOS countries who wish to spend a short research stay (SRS) at Ghent University to support and expand their ongoing research on development-related research issues. The short research stay can last for minimum 1 month and up to 90 days at most.

Per selected candidate, a short term allowance will be awarded for the period of one stay, following the VLIR-UOS Allowances and Guidelines, as well as insurance. The Global Minds Fund does not provide the airline return ticket.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SRS (2021) and the Application form for SRS (2021).

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4. SENSITIZING EVENTS

Ghent University provides funding for events or actions that raise awareness among the Ghent University community (students, co-workers, other Ghent University stakeholders) about the challenges of developing countries in the wider context of global problems on the one hand, and on the approaches Ghent University is taking to tackle some of these problems on the other.

Selected proposals will be granted a contribution up to a maximum of € 3,500 per SE.

For more information and how to apply, please download the Call for SE (2021) and the Application form for SE (2021).
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