Special Research Fund – (Doctoral) at Ghent University, Belgium

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Ghent University, Belgium

Designation/Position- Special Research Fund

Ghent University, Belgium invites application for Special Research Fund to international eligible and interested candidates

About- With support from its “Special Research Fund” (BOF) Ghent University grants PhD “sandwich” scholarships to promising PhD students from developing countries who wish to carry out half of their PhD research at Ghent University (North) and half at a university in a developing country (South). Ghent University only finances the part of the research that will be carried out in Ghent (24 months), the candidate must have full-time co-funding for the other 24 months of research to be carried out in the South.

Research/Job Area- All related research area

Location-Ghent University, Belgium


  • Candidates need to come from – and have the nationality of – a developing country (see country list)
  • The proposals must be jointly submitted by a candidate, a supervisor (promoter) at Ghent University, and a supervisor at the partner university (South)
  • No restrictions are imposed on the field of research. Nevertheless, preference will be given to topics that are relevant for the development.
  • Only degree students (students who intend to obtain a (joint ) Ph.D. degree at Ghent University) are welcome. Exchange students cannot apply for this scholarship.
  • Ghent University wants to encourage more female researchers to apply for this scholarship. That is why a Ghent University supervisor can support a maximum of 2 candidates per call because they are of a different gender.
  • Co-financing is mandatory with this scholarship; for more details about which co-financing is allowed, please consult the call documents.
  • In general, the following partnership conditions needs to be fulfilled:
  • there must be a local Ph.D. supervisor at the partner university or research center in the South
  • A written statement from the partner university is requested stating that the candidate will receive a fulltime local Ph.D. scholarship or salary for a period of 24 months when working on the Ph.D. at the partner university in the South AND
  • will be sufficiently exempted from teaching or other assignments as to be able to concentrate on the Ph.D. research in the South fully. Applicants can dedicate a maximum of 10 % of their time (fulltime appointment) to other tasks (teaching and other tasks)

Job/Position Description- 

The following mobility scheme is mandatory:

  1. Students need to start and end with a research stay of 3 -12 months in Ghent.
  2. The first research stay in Ghent needs to be started between 1 October 2021 and 28 February 2022.
  3. At least 24 months of locally funded research stay in the South must be scheduled between the first and last research stay in Ghent.
  4. Ph.D. scholarship at Ghent University  (in total 24 months).
  5. The Ghent University promoter receives a bench fee of € 310/per month of research in Ghent + € 8000 travel budget to cover (part of) the operational costs and part of the student’s travel costs the Ghent University and the local promoter.

How to Apply- 

  • Application forms must be submitted (in English) electronically via e-mail to BOFapplication@ugent.be
  • The Ghent University supervisor must submit the following 2 documents:
    • Any advice on the candidate, stating the supervisor’s opinion on the candidate’s capability as a future researcher.
    • Any advice on the ethical and biosafety context of the proposed research project

Last Date for Apply– 4 February 2021

See Position Details

More opportunities

Harold Lasswell Scholarship Program, Up to 1000 $ grant, CASPR India

Maria Petrou Scholarships 2021 for Women at Imperial College London, UK

Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in Taiwan’s Academic Institution, Taiwan


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here