IRO doctoral scholarship programme for Developing Countries in
Belgium , and applications are submitted till November 10th
2015. Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) annually invites
applications for IRO doctoral scholarship programme available for
students from developing countries. The IRO Doctoral Scholarships are
only granted for doctoral programmes for a maximum period of 48
eventually for one pre-doctoral year as preparation period for the
doctoral programme. Applicants may choose a research topic proposed
by one of the KU Leuven Doctoral Schools: Humanities and Social
Sciences Science, Engineering and Technology Biomedical Sciences or
applicants may propose their own research topic. Full details:
School(Institutions/ Country): | Belgium
IRO doctoral scholarship programme for Developing
for the IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme may choose a research
topic proposed by one of the KU Leuven Doctoral Schools: Humanities
and Social Sciences Science, Engineering and Technology Biomedical
Sciences or applicants may propose their own research topic.
9 th 2015 .
University of Leuven
IRO doctoral scholarship programme for Developing Countries
are targeted for Students of one of the countries on the OECD
DAC table that are listed under the following categories: Least
Developed Countries, Low Income Countries or Low Middle Income
Countries (Afghanistan, Kenya, Armenia, Angola, Korea, Dem.
Rep., Belize, Bangladesh, Kyrgyz Rep., Bolivia, Benin, Tajikistan,
Cameroon, Bhutan, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Congo, Rep.,
Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Cambodia, Egypt, Central African Rep., El
Salvador, Chad, Fiji, Comoros, Georgia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Ghana,
Djibouti, Guatemala, Guyana,
Eritrea, Honduras, Ethiopia, India, Cuba, Gambia, Indonesia, Guinea,
Iraq, Guinea-Bissau, Kosovo1, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Kiribati,
Micronesia, Federated States, Laos, Moldova, Lesotho, Mongolia,
Liberia, Morocco, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Malawi, Nigeria, Mali,
Pakistan, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Paraguay,
Myanmar, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Niger,
Swaziland, Rwanda, Syria, Samoa, Tokelau, São Tomé and
Tonga, Senegal, Turkmenistan, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Solomon Islands, Uzbekistan, Somalia, Vietnam, South Sudan, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen and Zambia) can apply for this IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme.
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IRO Doctoral Scholarships are only granted for doctoral programmes
for a maximum period of 48 months and
eventually for one pre-doctoral year as preparation period for the
doctoral programme. Applicants who have already been enrolled as
self-supporting doctoral students at KU Leuven can only be granted
the IRO doctoral scholarship for 4 years minus the number of years
enrolled as doctoral student.
2015 IRO doctoral scholarship programme for Developing
Countries includes monthly basic amount €
1,415 (75% of the net salary of an assistant) paid at the end of each
doctoral students and €1000
paid at the beginning of each month for
Pre-doctoral students, Housing allowance of € 200/month with
accompanying partner (and children), Social security covering
health insurance, child allowance, occupational hazard and
occupational illness, Tuition fee, Affiliation with a Belgian Health
Insurance company, Third-party liability insurance (private life),
Professional and accident insurance coverage; third party liability
insurance (study related matters and for professional liability) and
Return flight tickets for the whole family after completion of the
‣ As one of its contributions to development cooperation, KU Leuven offers each academic year scholarships to deserving students from developing countries to do their PhD in the largest university of Flanders, Belgium.
‣ The programme is organized and managed by the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation.
‣ The 2016 IRO doctoral scholarship programme for Developing Countries has supported more than a hundred PhD graduates over the past ten years.
‣ After obtaining their doctorates at KU Leuven, these PhD holders are now valorizing their degrees in their home countries either in university academic research or in various sectors of industry.
‣ KU Leuven, which is situated at about 20 kilometers from Brussels, the capital of both Belgium and Europe, is the oldest university of the Low Countries.
‣ As such, it has a long-standing tradition of hospitality towards students and scholars from abroad.
‣ At present, almost 7,000 international students (about 15% of the total number of students at KU Leuven) have found their home away from home in Leuven.
‣ The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries on the OECD DAC table that are listed under the following categories: Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries or Low Middle Income Countries.
‣ The applicant may not possess dual citizenship, where the second citizenship is from an EU country.
The candidate must have been awarded his master’s degree or an immediately contiguous master’s degree no more than ten years prior to the 1st of October 2016 (including the ongoing calendar year).
‣ The 2016 IRO doctoral scholarship programme for Developing Countries candidate must hold an academic qualification at least with distinction or equivalent.
‣ Research project of excellent academic quality, taking into account the development relvance of the proposal.
‣ The candidate must demonstrate a development oriented motivation.
‣ Excellent recommendations.
‣ In order to ensure embeddedness of the research within the context of the home country, a local co-promoter must be appointed.
Notification for 2016 IRO doctoral scholarship programme for Developing Countries
‣ Selection of the candidates will be in November 2015 – February 2016.
‣ The International Admissions and Mobility Unit of KU Leuven will prepare and send the official admission letters and scholarship attestations to the selected candidates in March 2015.
Scholarship Application Method
‣ Apply online via Application Form
‣ Documents to upload and submit:
The form of your Research Proposal signed by the appropriate professors.
If you have chosen a research topic proposed by one of the KU Leuven Doctoral Schools, the promoter of that Research Topic does not need to sign your elaboration form.
(Applicants who are already enrolled in a doctoral programme at KU Leuven will only need to prepare the detailed progress report as defined in their Doctoral School.
The report must be signed by the promoter and the members of the examination committee of the doctoral student.)
‣ Your personal motivation and the development relevance of your research proposal making use of this form.
‣ No other format will be admitted.
‣ Herein the applicant must explain how the research proposal can be approached and treated in a manner relevant to development cooperation.
‣ CV of the local co-promoter.
‣ Two letters of recommendation by persons other than your (prospective) promoter and local co-promoter, who are qualified to assess your academic capabilities.
‣ The two letters of recommendation should be submitted in sealed envelopes and sent directly by the referees to: IRO committee. International Admissions and Mobility, KU Leuven, Atrecht College, Naamsestraat 63 – bus 5410, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. We should receive the letters on the 10th of November 2014, at the latest.
‣ Certificate of English proficiency, for instance a TOEFL score or an IELTS score or results of an equivalent test (only for new students who have not yet been enrolled at KU Leuven).
‣ The TOEFL or IELTS score should be sent to International Admissions and Mobility by ETS or by The British Council, respectively, before November 9 th 2015 .
‣ Only for applicants for the doctoral programme in economics or applied economics: a GMAT or GRE score and arrange for an original score card to be sent directly to International Admissions and Mobility by ETS or GMAC, respectively, before November 10th 2014.
‣ Copies of applications for other scholarships, if any.
‣ Scholarship Applications are due on November 9 th 2015.
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.