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Call for scholarships for International Master Programmes (ICP)

Are you interested in studying a development relevant master programme in Flanders (Belgium)?

VLIR-UOS provides scholarships to follow one of the 15 selected development relevant master programmes (ICP). The programmes are all taught in English and are organised at one of the Flemish universities, ranking among the best in Europe.

The new call for candidates is now open!

Interested candidates from 31 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America can apply for a full scholarship. All information on the scholarships, eligibility criteria, available programmes, deadlines etc. can be found here.

Become part of the VLIR-UOS network

We are proud to say we now have a broad network of former scholarship holders, who act as agents of change in their respective organisations and contribute to solving challenges relevant to development in a wide area of topics. You can become one of them, like Ingrid.

"Following the master’s course allowed me to develop a broader, holistic perspective in my field, architecture and urban planning. The study trips complementary to the classes were key to this, allowing for very vivid learning experiences, showing how architecture deals with urban design, history, and economics among other aspects. This holistic perspective has been and still is pivotal in my work in reconstruction after natural disasters." (Ingrid Olortegui Guzman, alumni ICP Human Settlements alumni).

CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME (ITP): “Platform development for an E-learning system in Biostatistics – Statistics - Data science (>eR-BioStat)”

The International Training Programme on ‘eR-Biostat’, is a training project that is focused on education programs (both undergraduate and masters) in Biostatistics/Statistics as well as for non-statisticians and aims to train the participants in using and developing a new E-learning system for courses at different education level.

The ‘>eR-BioStat’ initiative is a E-learning system that offers a platform for a collection of fully developed courses in Biostatistics/Statistics, ready to be integrated in the curriculum / taught in class.

The new call for candidates is now open!

The first ITP >eR-BioStat school will take place from 04/05/2020 to 19/05/2020 at Hasselt University, Belgium. 12 full VLIR-UOS scholarships are available for people from the 31 scholarship countries.

 

Application deadline:

15/01/2020

More information and application forms

More information on the eligibility criteria for a scholarship

The full program will be available soon on Facebook.

For updates and news, follow the programme on Twitter: @erbiostat.

 

Closed calls

Call Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) 2022

Finally… a new IUC call!

We can gladly announce the launch of the long expected new IUC call. This Call is the first step in an IUC selection and intake process that should lead to new IUC partner programmes in 2022.

In the first stage of this IUC call 2022, universities  from a number of VLIR-UOS partner countries (Cambodia, Cuba, DR Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam) can submit a Concept Note South for setting up a future long-term partnership (ten years) with the Flemish universities and university colleges.

Important: in this first stage the initiative is for the South only! This means that only universities from the mentioned partner countries can submit a Concept Note South to VLIR-UOS. If you want to know more about the IUC Call and process, be sure to check out the call documents.

Deadline
15 October 2019, before 23.59 CET

PLEASE FIND HERE ALL CALL DOCUMENTS :

Guidelines and forms for submitting a proposal
Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE)

The Law and Development Research Group of Antwerp University will be running a training programme on "Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE) from 10 February to 30 April 2020.

SUSTJUSTICE offers a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. The training brings together a diverse group of leading experts from the North and South to introduce salient features of their disciplines, and to engage students in understanding and reflecting on key challenges for sustainable development and global justice. The postgraduate programme runs in conjunction with the Faculty's Master of Laws (LL.M).

VLIR-UOS supports the programme with 12 scholarships for participants from the global South (please consult the eligible country list).

Application deadline:

15 October 2019

How to apply

More information about the programme

More information about the eligibility criteria for a scholarship

Call South Initiatives and JOINT 2020

South initiatives are departmental projects focusing on specific development problems. JOINT stands for JOINT (Inter)national Academic Networking and its projects are about academic exchange and networking in a broad national or international setting.

Your most important information for now:

Budget:
South Initiatives: Max. € 70.000 per project
JOINT: Max. € 90.000 per project

Duration:
South Initiatives: Max. 2 years
JOINT: Exceptionally for this call, also max. 2 years

Who can apply? 
A proposal is submitted by academic/lecturing staff of Flemish universities and university colleges (see detailed eligibility criteria in the Call document)

Which countries?
Bolivia, Cambodia, DR Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Vietnam

Deadline submission project proposals (via the database)
At the level of the Flemish universities and university colleges: 14 May 2019; by the ICOS (our points of contact at the Flemish institutions) of the university association to VLIR-UOS: 4 June 2019 (18h Belgian time)

How to submit?
(1) Via the Flemish promoter to the ICOS and then (2) Via the ICOS to VLIR-UOS.
 

Missed our information session on the ‘Call SI-JOINT 2020’ on 12 March 2019? Want to see the presentations again? You can find all documents here :

Call International Training Programmes (ITP) 2020-2021

An International Training Programme (ITP) is a short- or medium term, intensive, interactive, and applicable training focusing on a development- relevant topic. It targets participants from developing countries with relevant professional experience in the topic of the ITP and who are active in a relevant organisation or institution. The training enables participants to use and share new knowledge, skills and practices in their home organisation or institution. An ITP is organised at a university or university college in Belgium/Flanders. VLIR-UOS provides scholarships in order to facilitate the participation of the targeted participants.

Deadline

14 June 2019, before 6 PM

Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): " Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Qualitative Research Methods (EBQ)

Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): " Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Qualitative Research Methods (EBQ)

The I-EBQ course offers a profound training of 6 weeks on the basic principles and methods of epidemiology. The following topics and practical sessions are part of the I-EBQ training:

  • Quantitative study design
  • Methods of data analysis/biostatistics
  • Qualitative study design
  • Systematic reviews and Meta-analysis
  • Health economics and cost-effectiveness
  • Introduction to the use of statistical packages (R)
  • Research Project (R & Nvivo)

Throughout the course, each participant will have the opportunity to work with his/her own data set (or from the organisers if not available) under the guidance of experienced tutors. Each participant will receive a reader including necessary didactic materials (handouts, power point slides, articles, etc.). A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded after completion of the course.

VLIR-UOS supports the programme with 12 scholarships for participants from the global South (please consult the eligible country list).

Target group

Researchers/PhD students from different disciplines and faculties and with:

  • Master's Degree
  • Basic knowledge of epidemiology (level Beaglehole; ISBN 978 92 4 154707 9)
  • Basic Essential Medical Statistics (level part A & B Kirkwood, ISBN 978 0 86542871 3)
  • Excellent command of English (upper intermediate level)
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Own dataset
  • Personal laptop

Dates

The programme is organised from 20 October 2019 until 30 November 2019

Application deadline: 1 May 2019 (CEST)

More information on the programme

How to apply and application form

Call for scholarships for International Master Programmes (ICP) – Academic year 2019-2020

VLIR-UOS supports 15 development relevant International Master Programmes organised at one of the five Flemish universities.

The International Master Programmes are accredited (initial or advanced) Master programmes of one or two years (60 or 120 ECTS) on a development-relevant subject. The programmes have a specific but non-exclusive focus on participants from the global South:

• Master of Development Evaluation and Management (Antwerp University)
• Master of Globalization and Development (Antwerp University)
• Master of Governance and Development (Antwerp University)
• Master of Human Settlements (KU Leuven)
• Master of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (KU Leuven)
• Master of Science in Food Technology (KU Leuven, Ghent University)
• Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans and Lakes) (VUB, Antwerp University, Ghent University)
• Master of Epidemiology (Antwerp University)
• Master of Agro-and Environmental Nematology (Ghent University)
• Master of Rural Development (Ghent University)
• Master of Statistics (Hasselt University)
• Master of Aquaculture (Ghent University)
• Master of Water Resources Engineering (KU Leuven, VUB)
• Master of Sustainable Territorial Development (KU Leuven)
• Master of Transportation Sciences (Hasselt University)


VLIR-UOS supports each Master programmes with 12 scholarships. Interested candidates can apply for a fully-fledged scholarship for the academic year 2019-2020 through the website of the organising universities.

 

Application deadlines:

Between 1 February 2019 and 1 March 2019 (depending on the programme)

More information about the eligibility criteria for a scholarship

More information about the programmess and how to apply

Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): "Modern breeding techniques for potato improvement”

Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): "Modern breeding techniques for potato improvement”

International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO) at UGent, in cooperation with the International Potato Center (CIP), organizes a short term course for students, scientists and professionals from the public and industrial sector, who are involved in local crop (potato) improvement or genetic manipulation regulatory programs.

The course proposes fundamental background sessions on potato breeding, the use of molecular techniques in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation and new breeding techniques for potato. Experts from Europe and Africa will further give an overview of important biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of potato and possible solutions to overcome these threats. In these sessions, special emphasis will be given on the effects of pests, diseases, fungal contamination, drought and climate change on the growth and yield of potato.

The course will continue with both theory and exercises for the understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of crop safety, risk assessment and science communication. The sessions will be interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also includes visits to a potato field trial and the processing industry.

VLIR-UOS supports the programme with 12 scholarships for participants from the global South (please consult the eligible country list).

Admission requirements:

Holder of at least a Bachelor (or equivalent) in Science, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural or Bioengineering Sciences
Good knowledge of English
Preference will be given to participants from Africa involved in potato breeding
A balance between male and female participants will be achieved

Dates

The programme is organised from Tuesday 11th of June until Friday 28th of June 2019 (18 days).

Application deadline: 22 February 2019

More information about the programme and application

More information

Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): "International Module in Spatial Development Planning (IMSDP)”

The IMSDP programme is an intensive three months teaching and research programme for post-graduate students and researchers in urban studies and planning. It is offered by the KU Leuven Departments of Architecture and Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the research units P&D, OSA and Geography and Tourism and over twenty academic partners.

The programme is organised from March 1st until Tuesday May 28th 2019.

VLIR-UOS supports the programme with 12 scholarships for participants from the global South (please consult the eligible country list).

Application deadline:

23rd of November 2018

How to apply

More information about the programme

More information about the eligibility criteria for a scholarship

Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): "Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law (SUSTLAW) Postgraduate Programme"

The University of Antwerp Law Faculty's Law and Development Research Group will be running a training programme on "Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law" (SUSTLAW) from 11 February to 3 May 2019.

SUSTLAW offers a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. The postgraduate programme runs in conjunction with the Faculty's Master of Laws (LL.M).

VLIR-UOS supports the programme with 12 scholarships for participants from the global South (please consult the eligible country list).

Application deadline:

30 September 2018

How to apply

More information about the programme

More information about the eligibility criteria for a scholarship

CALL LONG-TERM POLICY SUPPORTING RESEARCH 2019

Policy supporting research delivers research output on specific themes of interest to Belgian development cooperation on demand of the Belgian government (DGD). The goal is to improve the relevance and performance of Belgian development cooperation policy with regard to the international framework of sustainable and inclusive development.

Four themes have been selected by DGD:

  1. Using the Sustainable Development Goals as a compass.
  2. Support to the Gender Policy.
  3. Challenges and opportunities for a sustainable integrated water management in partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation.
  4. Support to the Private Sector Development Policy.

Contact for additional information:

  1. SDG: Olivier.Thery@diplobel.fed.be - D0.1, tim.bogaert@diplobel.fed.be  - MD8, (Until 30/07  Geert.Vansintjan@diplobel.fed.be)
  2. Gender: Catherine.Gigante@diplobel.fed.be - D2.5 , sandrine.vanhamme@diplobel.fed.be - D2.5
  3. Water: Carol.Durieux@diplobel.fed.be - MD8, Liesbeth.Loddewykx@diplobel.fed.be - MD8
  4. Private Sector Development: Jean-Jacques.Bastien@diplobel.fed.be - D2.2 , Luc.Risch@diplobel.fed.be - D1  

Summary

Budget € 499.497,99  (€ 260.214,15 ARES part, € 239.283,84 VLIR-UOS part) 
Duration 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019 (with possibility of prolongation)
Eligibility Researchers of Belgian higher education institutions, both universities and university colleges
Launch of the call 29 June 2018
Deadline submission proposals

30 September 2018, 17.00, mail to:

Approval of selected proposals 1 November 2018

Documents

Call documents and the minutes of the information session of 10-07-2018 are available here.

CALL TEAM /SI/JOINT 2019

** This call has been closed. **

TEAM projects and South initiatives are departmental projects focusing on specific development problems. JOINT stands for JOINT (Intern)national Academic Networking and its projects are about academic exchange and networking in a broad national or international setting.

Deadline

7 June 2018, before 6 PM