Belgium : Fully-Funded Scholarship by the Belgian Government for Students from Developing Countries, 2018

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A national of a developing country? You hold a master’s degree? You have professional experience and want to improve your skills in a theme related to development?ARES masters and Specialization courses offer you the opportunity to follow a master of one year or a refresher course between 4 and 6 months in an institution of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium.

Application Deadlines: 8th February 2018

11th January 2018 for the following courses:

  • Internship in secondary resource development for sustainable construction
  • Internship in quality control and quality assurance of medicines and health products

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Students from African and  developing countries

To be taken in: Belgium

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About the Award: Each year, the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES) grants an average of 150 fellowships in the framework of the Masters and 70 fellowships in the framework of the internships to the nationals of the countries of the South.

Eligible Countries: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia (only for courses in English ), Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam.

Accepted Subject Areas (Masters): 

  • Master of Specialization in Development, Environment and Societies
  • Specialization Master in Human Rights
  • Master of Specialization in Aquatic Resource Management and Aquaculture
  • Master of Specialization in Risk and Disaster Management
  • Specialized Master in Integrated Management of Health Risks in the Global South (IManHR)
  • Specialized Master in International Development
  • Master of Specialization in Transfusion Medicine
  • Specialized Master in Microfinance
  • Master of specialization in integrated production and preservation of natural resources in urban and peri-urban areas
  • Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology
  • Master of Science in Public Health – Methods of Research Applied to Global Health
  • Master of Science and Environmental Management in Developing Countries
  • Specialized Master in Transport and Logistics

Accepted Subject Areas (Training): 

  • Internship in control and quality assurance of medicines and health products
  • Research Initiation to Strengthen Health Systems
  • Internship in Geographic Information System
  • Internship in secondary resource development for sustainable construction
  • Methodological internship in support of innovation in family farming

Type: Masters, Training

About the Award: 

Within the framework of the Belgian policy for development cooperation, the Minister for Development Cooperation and the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation entrust the Belgian Higher Education Institutions with the preparation of Postgraduate Programmes (Advanced Masters) and Training Programmes that are specifically oriented towards young professionals from developing countries.

International Courses and Training Programmes are part of the global study programmes of the Higher Education Institutions. They are open to all students who satisfy the conditions of qualification, but aim at proposing training units that distinguish themselves by their openness towards specific development issues.

Within the programme for International Courses and Training Programmes 2016-2017, ARES grants 130 scholarships for participation into the masters and 67 scholarships for participation into the training programmes.


The following will apply for the selection of holders of scholarships:

  1. Originally from a developing country. To be eligible, applicants must reside and work in their own country at the time of filing;
  2. Only nationals of the following countries are eligible to apply for scholarships ARES: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia ( only for courses in English ), Haiti, Madagascar, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam ;
  3. Either under the age of 40 for courses and under 45 for training periods at the start of training;
  4. Either holds a diploma comparable to a diploma of the second cycle of Belgian university education. However, for certain types of training, different requirements may be set out, which will be specified below;
  5. Demonstrates a professional occupation in a developing country of at least two years after completing his / her second cycle or three years after the end of his / her studies when the candidate holds a post-graduate diploma a university in an industrialized country;
  6. A good knowledge of written and spoken French. For courses organized in another language, it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the language of the course, written and spoken. The candidate will also be asked to commit to learning French in order to participate in everyday life in Belgium;
  7. Apply for a single training

Selection Criteria: 

  • The academic curriculum
  • For courses, priority will be given to candidates who are already holders of a diploma third cycle, save in exceptional circumstances duly justified in the application.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not already received a grant in Belgium.
  • Professional experience
  • Belonging to a partner institution: The commitment of the candidate in development activities
  • Nationality requirements
  • Gender equality
  • The future reintegration prospects

Number of Scholarships: ARES grants 150 scholarships for participation into the masters and 70 scholarships for participation into the training programmes.

Value of Scholarship: Travel (internal and external), Monthly living allowance, Indirect mission costs, Installation costs, Tuition fees, Registration fee, Insurance costs, Housing allowance, Allowances for dependents, Return fees, In 1st session completion bonus (June).

Duration of Scholarship:  For the duration of the program

How to Apply:

 Download the form 2018-2019 in French (16 pages – 980 Ko) (for French specialization masters).

It is important to go through the Application requirements and procedures on the Scholarship Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit the Scholarship Webpage for details

Sponsors: The University Commission for Development

Important: Applying for a ARES Masters and Training scholarship is absolutely free of charge. ARES does not charge any fee at any stage of the application or selection process. You may raise any question or concern about persons or companies claiming to be acting on behalf of ARES and requesting the payment of a fee by emailing ARES at maryvonne.aubry[at]
Any application containing cash will be automatically rejected.

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  • Hello . iam Hamidu from Uganda .kindly inquiring if Belgium has scholarship for Ugandans since I don’t seem to see Uganda among the listed African developing countries. Kindly need advice if there is and how I do apply.

  • I am a Nigerian and wish to enrols I to this study as a way to tap from your wealth of experience. I am 37years old and have a first degree in Building and a masters degree in construction management all from the University of Jos, Nigeria.
    I noticed my country was not listed in the beneficiary countries, how can I get involved.

  • Dear Officer,
    I am a Ugandan with BSc. In Agriculture who needs full scholarship for master. I need the International development master on your list, unfortunately Uganda which is a developing country is not on your priority list.
    kindly clarify if i can still apply. If not kindly help link me with any University Offering Master in:
    1.Environment and international development
    2. Agribusiness management
    3. Climate change and development
    4.Nutrition and environment.

    I shall be gratefull for you linkage, and feedback through advise as well.
    Tel. +2560782039796, skype: nimungu.stephen3

  • Hello dear sir/madam
    1. The application form is in french, it’s better it will be in English.
    2. How the application is posted, is it via email or online? please leave your email.
    Thank you!!

  • Hello!!
    How can I get Application form?
    I’m Ethiopian with BSc General Forestry. I will be happy if get into your fully funded scholarship in related filed.

  • My Name is Bedassa, I am from Ethiopia, I want to apply for this scholarship, but I couldn’t get the application form in English, please would you share me the application form in English.

  • My name is Abdelhakim, i have BA degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University i want to proceed my Masters Degree in International Development…thank you.

  • My name is sisay tadesse, i have BA degree in psychology bahir dar university Ethiopia i want to proceed my Masters Degree in international business management thank you.

  • my name is haymanot berelie from Ethiopia ,i i am graduated or completed my bsc degree at Debre Markos University by statistics department.So i want to attend my second degree in Belgium with related filed

  • My name is IBRAHIM from Cameroon, i graduate my Master degree at the Douala University in the faculty of medicine, departement of clinical biology and i want to further my studies in Belgium in a related field.

  • My name is Malike Abdela, i have Bsc degree in computer since lucy university Ethiopia i want to proceed my Masters Degree in international business management thank you.

  • Am Ibrahim live in Ethiopia graduated from Jigjiga university department of public health I like and am very interesting to study in belgium kindly am requesting to get his opportunity and I hope you will consider me.
    Specialized master of public health and methodology thanks a lot

  • My name is forkpah from Liberia, I have a Bsc degree in Agriculture with emphasis in regional development. My country is a developing country but I didn’t see it on your list.can you help me with a link that will help me do my master studies?

  • The name of my country is Ghana and is not inclusive in the list of countries provided.
    I wish to have my masters in Geographic Information System. As a developing country, I hope you side with me and consider as well by including my country in your scholarship plans. I hold a BSC degree in Geomatic Engineering from Nkwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology

  • Hello ! I am an ivorian young man and for years I applied for going abroad to start new life and improve my quality of life ; but, without success because of missing finuncial means. I got training in agricultural management during 3 years and I have a little more knowledges in that area.
    Do please select my reading because life is not easy here.

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