Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships Programme 2021

Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships Programme 2021

Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships Programme 2021

As one of its contributions to development cooperation, every academic year KU Leuven selects exceptional students from developing countries as scholarship candidates to obtain their PhD from the largest university of Belgium. The Global Minds Programme is managed by IRO, the university’s Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation.

The aim is to give students the opportunity to conduct PhD research in a ‘sandwich’ system, which means that 50% of the research takes place at KU Leuven and 50% at the home institution of the scholar, supported by a local co-promoter. The PhD degree is awarded by KU Leuven.

Host Institution/Country:
K.U. Leuven in Belgium and your Home Institution

Field(s) of study:
PhD Research Degree in development-related topics

Number of Scholarships available:
Not specified

National Eligibility:
Citizen of one of the countries included in the VLIR-UOS scholarship country list:

Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa

Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam

Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The scholarship covers tuition fee, monthly allowance, insurance, travel costs, research allowance, etc. For the full benefit list, refer to this link.

Scholarship Eligibility:

The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries included in the VLIR-UOS scholarship country list.

Candidates who have citizenship of the EU will not be selected. The same applies to applicants with a long-term EU residence permit.

The candidate’s latest Master’s degree must have been awarded no more than ten years prior to 1 October 2021 (including the ongoing calendar year).

The candidate must have been awarded an academic grade equivalent to High Distinction or higher. Degrees obtained with a final score equivalent to second class second/lower division will not be taken into consideration.

The research project must be of excellent academic quality, with a special focus on the development relevance of the proposal.

Application instructions:

The application procedure entails two steps:

  • first the candidate should obtain admission to a doctoral or predoctoral program preferably 2.5 months before the scholarship deadline. Applications started after 1 January 2021 might not be finalized in time.


  • Only once this admission has been obtained, can the candidate apply for a Global Minds PhD scholarship.


Application Deadline: 11 March 2021. Course starts October 2021

Visit the official website to access the application form and for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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