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 Belgium (The city depending on the program).

(Partially Funded)


PHD Scholarships for Researchers from the South- Katholieke Universiteist te Leuven 

KU Leuven promoters can apply for a 4 year PhD project for a candidate from a developing country who wishes to obtain a doctorate at KU Leuven (“developing country” refers to a country on the OECD DAC-list from the categories “Least Developed Countries”, “Low Income Countries” of “Low Middle Income Countries”).

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KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programmes at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors. KU Leuven ranks among the best 50 universities worldwide!

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Doctoral Programme in Religious Studies (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Theology (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Philosophy (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Canon Law (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Economics (Leuven)
  • Doctoral programme in Business Economics (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme of Business Administration (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Science (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Bioscience Engineering (Leuven)
  • Doctoral Programme in Engineering Technology (Leuven et al)
  • Doctoral Programme in Architecture (Brussels)
  • Doctoral Programme in Architecture (Ghent)

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

4 Years Phd program. 

12 months Pre-Doc period if required by the supervisor.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

The KU Leuven applicant and (optional) co-promoter meet the conditions to be a promoter or co-promoter of a project under Internal Funds. The applicant will also be the promoter of the doctorate at KU Leuven.

The foreseen doctorate must meet the KU Leuven requirements for the attainment of a doctoral degree (see regulation doctoral degrees and guidelines joint doctoral degree).
The following additional conditions apply:
  • There is a co-promoter in the concerned developing country. This co-promoter should have the necessary scientific expertise to supervise the project and is an authority in the field and the institute. This co-promoter should play an active role in the project, remotely or as host during short stays;
  • The research should be conducted at KU Leuven. Short stays or missions to the concerned developing country and/or other foreign stays are allowed, but they must be described in the original application. In case of approval of the application, these stays must be reported to the Research Coordination Office and must be in line with the original application;
  • The dissertation should be defended within the period of 4 years. The KU Leuven promoter must confirm that this is feasible and that they will do whatever is necessary in order to make sure the doctorate can be finished within the foreseen time period.
  • The PhD candidate must in principle still complete the whole doctoral trajectory. It is possible that the PhD candidate has already started a predoc or a doctorate at KU Leuven, but no longer than 8 months (incl. the predoctoral period) on the deadline date of this call;
  • The PhD candidate has not applied for a Global Mind PhD Scholarship;
The following selection criteria will be used by the Research Council (or its Bureau):
  • Mainly the scientific quality of the doctoral project and the research competency of the candidate;
  • The scientific quality of all the (co-)promoters;
  • The quality of the planned supervision of the doctorate.
The following selection criteria will be used by the IRO Selection Committee:
  • The importance of the described developmental problem in relation to its local context on which the research will have impact;
  • The added value of the proposal for the solution or better understanding of the developmental problem that is the subject of the research;
  • The local embedding in the developing country: the efficiency and sustainability of the project.

For more detailed regulations for the aittainment of  a Phd degree at KU Leuven, please check this link.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • A one-off reimbursement of travel costs from the home country of the PhD student to Belgium at the start of the doctorate (max. €1000 and based on proof of expenditure).
  • The PhD student is exempt from the tuition fee at KU Leuven.
  • In case a predoctoral period is imposed and the predoc is not successful, the involved candidate can also claim reimbursement of travel costs for the return trip to the home country (max. €1000 and based on proof of expenditure).

How to Apply

First Step: Check the application form procedure guidelines.

Second Step: Create a KU Leuven application account.

Third Step: Fill in the application form and upload the necessary documents.

Fourth Step: Mail these documents to the mailing address below.

  1. Your IRO research proposal signed by you (original signature), your local co-promoter (original signature) and your KU Leuven promoter (electronic signature).
  2. Your IRO motivation letter signed by you (original signature), your local co-promoter (original signature) and your KU Leuven promoter (electronic signature).
  3. Certified copies of your diplomas and transcripts of records. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS.
  4. Two recommendation letters by relevant referees; only the official IRO format must be used; neither your local co-promoter nor your KU Leuven promoter can provide such letters; both letters must be sent in sealed envelopes by your referees before the 31st of January 2018 to:

IRO  – your application number.

 Admissions Office,

KU Leuven.

Naamsestraat 63 – bus 5410

3000, Leuven. Belgium . 

Reminder: International Office is prepared to communicate the advice of the Research Council (or its Bureau) and the IRO Selection Committee, pending the ratification by the Executive Board and the Academic Council. The applicants will receive the decision in writing as quickly as possible after the official decision. A negative decision is always motivated.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Salma Aittaleb/ Morocco 

Reviewed by”Alyaa Abdelraouf/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team