Research visit

We welcome you for a research visit at the faculty to interact with our various research groups, join our research seminars and present your work.

We welcome both visiting fellows and visiting PhD students.

Visiting fellows

Postdoctoral researchers (with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience) and professors can be appointed as visiting fellows.


  • the research stay lasts a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 90 days;
  • the research stay is undertaken under the supervision of a professorial staff member of the faculty;
  • visiting fellows must enjoy an international reputation, which must be evidenced by a high-quality publication file, among other things;
  • the researcher's stay must offer a clear added value for both the faculty's research community and the researcher.

How to apply?

Submission of your application needs to be done by a professorial staff member of our faculty.

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Visiting PhD students

Ghent University welcomes all exchange PhD students who come to our University in order to conduct part of their research in the framework of their PhD. A bilateral agreement between your home institution and Ghent University in your field of study is not necessary but optional.

However, if you want to follow courses as an exchange PhD student, an agreement between your home institution and Ghent University is obligatory.

All applications need the explicit commitment of a Ghent University professor who will act as your research supervisor. So the first step is to approach a professor within your research area and discuss the possibilities. Once you have found a professor who is willing to act as your host you can apply.

More information can be found here or by contacting our International Relations Office.