The master programs, lasting one or two academic years, focus on specific problems of developing countries. These programs are designed to enable graduates to share and apply acquired knowledge in the home institution and country.
VLIR-UOS in Belgium grants scholarships to students from Asia, Africa and Latin America to complete a training or master program at a Dutch speaking university or college.
The scholarship guarantees covering all related expenses.
Please familiarize yourself with the requirements below.
- An applicant cannot be older than 40 years* if he/she applies for a scholarship to complete a master program. Or an applicant is not older than 45 years* if he/she applies for a scholarship to complete a training program (*on January 1st, 2012).
• An applicant must possess the required English proficiency level.
• Perspectives on professional experience and/or employment are generally not required for a master degree program, however if an applicant has them, they are considered as a competitive advantage for selection, depending on the program. However, the perspectives on present employment or reintegration are required for a training program. It is obligatory for the candidate to be currently employed or to have a formal written guarantee from the current or future employer of employment or (re)integration, implying that the skills and knowledge acquired will be used immediately.
• Concerning previous applications and scholarships: the candidate cannot apply for more than one scholarship per year.
Nationality and Place of Residence
Here is the list of 54 countries with which VLIR-UOS scholarship has agreements on cooperation.
- Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
• Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Nepal, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
• Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay.
For selection we take into account the following criteria:
• Motivation: It is significant that the applicant’s motivation proves the opportunity of keeping and transferring knowledge, engaging into extension activities, as well as of possessing a specific development dimension.
- Gender: In case there are two candidates of different sexes equally qualified, preference will be given to the female candidate. The VLIR-UOS selection commission aims at a parity or relative balance between the number of male and the number of female candidates awarded a scholarship.
- Social background: In case there are two candidates equally qualified, preference will be given to candidates from a poorly developed area within their ethnic or social minority group or country, especially in case these candidates can demonstrate leadership potential.
• Perspectives on present employment or reintegration, preferably in a higher education institution, a research institution, the sector of social economy, the national/regional/local government sector, or an NGO, but NOT in the commercial profit sector. The opportunity to impact through the transfer of knowledge, various extension activities or otherwise is preferable.
- Previous scholarships: The first priority will be given to the applicant for a master degree program who has not been granted scholarship yet. Regarding the applicant for a training program, the VLIR-UOS selection committee guarantees the possibility of a scholarship award, taking into account the applicant’s previous study and curriculum.
- Professional experience: preferably in a higher education institution, a research institution, the sector of social economy, the national/regional/local government sector, or an NGO. Expertise in developing relevant matters is also preferable.
• Regional balance: The VLIR-UOS selection commission tries to ensure that 50% of scholarships are given to applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Please pay your attention that early application is recommended!