Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships

The Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships programme at Ku Leuven has helps many by providing selfless contribution to development cooperation. KU Leuven chooses the best students from countries that are still developing each academic year and gives them the opportunity to get their PhD from the University of Belgium.

This program is planned by IRO, the university’s Interfaculty council for Development Cooperation. For more information on the Global Minds Doctoral Scholarships programme, this article is very interesting Make sure you read till the end.

Granting students the avenue to carry out PhD research in a sandwich environment is the sole interest of this programme. Sandwich in the sense that the research work takes place both at KU Leuven and at the scholars home institute through the support and help of a local co- promoter.
The PhD is awarded by KU Leuven.

                                        Brief History of KU Leuven

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned research universities in Europe.

As Europe’s most innovative university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of study programmes in English, all supported by innovative and interdisciplinary research.

The Global Minds Doctoral Scholarship Programme breakdown

  • Name of Institution: K.U. Leuven
  • Program: PhD Degree
  • Deadline: 9 March 2023 (annual)
  • Study in: Belgium
  • Course starts October 2023

Host Institution(s) of Global Minds Doctoral Scholarship Programme

K.U. Leuven and your Home Institution

Field(s) of study:

PhD Research Degree in development-related topics

Number of Scholarships:

The number of scholarships are not specified here.

Target group:

This scholarship is for indigenes of one of the countries included in the scholarship country list:

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa
  • Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru

Scholarship value/inclusions:

This scholarship when given will be able to pay for the following

  • Tuition fee
  • Monthly allowance
  • Insurance
  • Travel costs
  • Research allowance etc.

Who is eligible to apply for this scholarship?

  • The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries included in the 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 2023 (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. Applications from candidates who have started the application procedure for admission to a doctoral or predoctoral programme too late may not be evaluated in time – so please start this procedure as soon as possible (1.5 months before the deadline).
  • Only once this admission has been obtained, can the candidate apply for a Global Minds PhD scholarship. The scholarship application deadline is 9 March 2023 at 5:00PM GMT.

We strongly advise that you read the application process and also make sure to visit the scholarship official website for more detailed information on how you can successfully apply for this scholarship and be considered. The link of the website is just below. kindly click for more information.


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