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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, preceded by an online pre-course.

Once selected for the course, you will obtain access to the pre-course material:

·         Epidemiology - July

·         Biostatistics - August

·         Qualitative research methods - September

The following topics and practical sessions are part of the I-EBQ training at Universiteit Antwerpen:

·         Quantitative study design

·         Methods of data analysis/biostatistics

·         Qualitative study design

·         Systematic reviews and Meta-analysis

·         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 19 October - 27 November 2020, pre-course between July - September

Application deadline: 1 May 2020 (CEST)

More information on the programme

How to apply and application form

Closed calls

Call Long Term Policy Supporting Research 2020

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.

Country & themes
Belgium (with case studies in countries in the South). Selected themes:

1.     Support to Human Rights Based Approach to Development.

2.     Climate and Security: challenges and opportunities for the Belgian Development Cooperation.

Eligibility
Researchers of Belgian higher education institutions, both universities and university colleges.

Minimum 75% of the budget is assigned to Flemish higher education institutions.

Duration
March 2020 – February 2021 (with possibility of prolongation until 31 December 2021)

Budget
€ 386.496,21

(€ 214.428,30 ARES part, € 172.067,91 VLIR-UOS part)

Deadline submission proposals 
14 February 2020, 17.00

- For ARES: noemie.nyst@ares-ac.be

- For VLIR-UOS: inge.vandevyvere@vliruos.be (ICOS/GEO of your institution in cc)

Approval of selected proposals
2 March 2020

Documents

Guidelines and forms for submitting a proposal
Call for scholarships for an International Training Programme (ITP): "Modern breeding techniques for maize improvement”

The training “Modern breeding techniques of maize” will cover the different challenges faced in maize cultivation and the latest scientific developments and tools to accelerate maize breeding (both conventional breeding and biotechnological techniques).

The program starts with fundamental background sessions on maize breeding, the use of molecular markers in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation and new breeding techniques for maize. Experts from Europe and Africa will give an overview of biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of maize and possible solutions to overcome these threats. In these sessions, special emphasis will be given on the effects of fungal contamination, drought and soil fertility on the growth and yield of maize.

In addition, the training will provide a comprehensive view and the latest essential insights on the regulatory frameworks and environmental risk assessment principles in Africa and Europe. The course will alternate theory and exercises for the understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of crop safety and risk assessment.

The sessions are interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also includes visits to a field trial and possibly a two day workshop on maize transformation.

Target audience

Students, scientists and professionals from the public and industrial sector, who are involved in local crop (maize) improvement or GM regulatory programs. 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 maize breeding

- A balance between male and female participants will be achieved

Dates

The programme is organised from 22 June 2020 until 10 July 2020

Application deadline: 14 February 2020.

Tentative programme

How to apply and application form

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 Flemish coordinators IUC intake 2022

Call for Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) 2022

As a first step in the selection process of new IUC programmes 2022, a call for IUC Concept Notes South  was launched in July 2019.  On 18 December 2019, the Bureau UOS ratified the selection of 8 Concept Notes South that enter a next stage in the IUC intake process, the Stage of Extended Concept Notes.

The present Call for Flemish academics is meant to select 8 Flemish IUC Coordinators to team up with a potential IUC partner university to jointly elaborate an ‘Extended Concept Note’.

From the 8 potential partner universities that were selected for this stage, a maximum of 5 partner institutions will be selected to start an IUC pre-partner programme, consisting in a matchmaking process in Belgium -in view of composing the Flemish team - and a formulation of IUC Partner Programme proposals.

Summary
Object:
IUC programme – intake 2022 – Call for Flemish coordinators for preselected IUC programmes
Eligibility:
Coordinators: professor at a Flemish university (‘ZAP’ members or equivalent at a Flemish university)
Countries:
DR Congo, Kenya, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam
Launch of the call:
20 December 2019
Deadline submission at level of VLIR-UOS:
28 January 2020
Submission:
A two-stage submission procedure is followed:
1.  By the Flemish academic to the ICOS of his/her university (see call for internal deadlines per university)
2.  By the ICOS of the Flemish university to VLIR-UOS

Local partner institutions selected for the extended concept note phase

Country Institution Programme title Proposal
DR Congo Université de Lubumbashi Challenges and opportunities for a sustainable socio-ecology in the Katangese Copperbelt Area link
Kenya Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology Strengthening Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology Capacity in Natural Resource Management, Food Security and Health link
Kenya Technical University of Kenya Maji Ni Uhai: Building excellence on water governance for better livelihoods and climate change adaptation in Kenya link
Peru Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana Improving health and environment of vulnerable populations in the Peruvian Amazon link
Tanzania Ardhi University Building Capacity in Education, Research, Innova-tion and Societal Outreach to Foster an Inclusive and Sustainable Built Environment in a Rapidly Urbanizing City, Dar Es Salaam (SDG 11 In Dar Es Salaam) link
Uganda Gulu University Strengthening the Capacity of Gulu University to meaningfully contribute to inclusive Refugee-Host Community Socio-Economic Transformation in Northern Uganda link
Uganda Mbarara University of Science and Technology University as a Facet for Community Based Sus-tainable Solutions to Demographic Challenges in South Western Uganda (UCoBS) link
Vietnam Quy Nhon University Improving livelihoods and living conditions by the sustainable development of the South Central Coast and Central Highlands of Vietnam through enhancing the capacity of Quy Nhon University link

Documents

Guidelines and forms for submitting a proposal
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.

 

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