Ghent University Top-up Grants

Ghent University provides Top-up Grants to candidates from all countries on the OESO-DAC list, who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University. In 2017 the call will only be open for new students applying for a master or master-after-master programme taught in English.

Note that the Master Grants do not exist anymore and they are replaced by the Ghent University Top-up Grants.

Deadline and decision

There's no open call for these grants, they are now incorporated in the normal application scheme to obtain admission.

Note: for students that need a visa, the application deadline was the 1st of April, so you can no longer apply to study at UGent and you will not be considered for the topping up grant.

About the Top-up Grant

Each year, a minimum of 10 scholarships can be awarded.

The scholarship fee consists of:

  • Allowance of €650 per month.
  • All-in insurance (health, civil liability, repatriation)

Airline ticket and visa costs are not included in the grant.

Which programmes?

Master programmes

Master-after-Master programmes

Who can apply?

New students who wish to obtain a Master's or Master-after-Master's degree at Ghent University.


You have to have a bachelor degree when applying for a Master programme.

You have to have a Master degree when applying for a Master-after-Master programme.


You have to come from a country on the longlist of the OESO-DAC country list.

Selection procedure

Each programme (taught in English) proposes their top 3 applicants to the Committee for Development Cooperation (CDC).Decision will be taken May 18th 2017 by the CDC.

Selection Committee

The Committee for Development Cooperation makes a selection of the applications based on the recommendations obtained from a working group of this Committee.

The Committee then proceeds to formulate well-founded recommendations to the Executive Committee of Ghent University.

Selection criteria

The recommendations are based on:

  • The qualifications of the applicant for the Top-up grant
  • There is no strict age limit, although applicants below 40 years are preferred
  • The significance of the master's programme for the student's country
  • Validation of the knowledge in the student's country

Selected students need to do their thesis at Ghent University. The Top-up grant is for 2 master-years, but the grantee needs to prove at least 54 credits in the first master year.

How to apply?

You can only be considered for a top-up grant if you have been accepted for a master programme.

In that case it is the role of each programme (taught in English) to propose their top 3 applicants to the Committee for Development Cooperation (CDC) by the 10th of April. If you want to stress the need for such a top-up grant you can contact the study program to motivate why they should take you up in their shortlist of candidates.