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Ghent University Top-up Grants for Developing Countries 2024-2025

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  • DEADLINE: April 1, 2023.

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Update: Ghent University has temporarily suspended its scholarship program for developing countries. According to an official statement on its website, this decision is due to budgetary constraints. There will be no call for applications for the academic year 2024-2025.

The Ghent University (UGhent), Belgium, is offering top-up grants to candidates from all developing countries on the OESO-DAC list (more than 100 countries), who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University. The call is open to only new students applying for an English-taught Masters program.

Ghent University is an internationally renowned Belgian public university. It was founded in 1817. Over the past 200 years, Ghent University has counted many scientists, ministers, and even Nobel laureates among its staff and alumni. It offers more than 200 programs (including 70 English-taught master’s programs) and conducts extensive research in a wide range of scientific fields.

UGhent is located in and around Ghent, Kortrijk, Bruges and Ostend in Belgium.

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Scholarship Summary

LEVEL: Master, Master-after-Master.
DEADLINE: April 1, 2023.
FINANCING: €1000/month + all-inclusive insurance.
ESTABLISHMENT: University of Ghent.
COUNTRY: Belgium.

Ghent University Top-Up Grants Amount

For the academic year 2023-2024, Ghent University will offer 10 scholarships. They include: an allowance of € 1000 per month as well as all-inclusive insurance (health, civil liability, repatriation). The scholarship is offered for two years.

Note that as a top-up grant student, you are not exempted from paying the tuition fees, but you pay the tuition fee as for EEA-students and NOT as an international student. This amount is worth €947.20 per year, you can pay it using the grant.

Airline ticket and visa costs are NOT included in the grant.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Ghent University Top-up grant for Developing Countries, you must hold:

  • A Bachelor’s degree to apply for a Master’s program.
  • Or a Masters to apply for a Master-after-Master program.

You must be a national of a developing country on the OESO-DAC list of countries (more than 100 countries). Priority is given to students in the first three columns of the country list. India and all African countries are included in this list.

Eligible masters for the UGhent top-up grant

Seventy (70) English-taught Masters programs are eligible for the Ghent University top-up grant for Developing Countries. The latest overview of these master programs can be viewed in the online course catalog:

How to apply for the Ghent University scholarship?

You cannot apply yourself for the Ghent University Top-Up Grant. There’s no application form to fill in, and they are now incorporated in the normal application scheme to obtain admission. The program you would like to study at, decides which top-student applicant will be in their top 3 list. If you want to stress the need for such a top-up grant, you can contact the study program to motivate why they should take you up in their shortlist of candidates. If you are on that list, you will get a notification of that.

Application to any master program at Ghent University is free, at all stages.

In the enrollment application under ‘Financial Means’, you can indicate the financial means which you would like to use to finance your studies with. After choosing ‘Scholarship’, you can mention ‘Top-Up Grant‘.

During your application, you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  1. A legalized copy of your diploma and its transcript.
  2. A translation of these documents into Dutch, French, German or English, translated by a sworn translator.
  3. A copy of your passport.
  4. If you are a refugee: an original letter indicating that you are a refugee.
  5. Proof of English language proficiency. This document must be submitted at the latest during registration.
  6. Join all documents that can add value to your application.

If you have not yet graduated before the deadline, also attach the following documents:

  1. An official statement from your school/university confirming the expected date of graduation and the exact name of the degree that will be awarded.
  2. Your most recent transcript.

Once your application has been accepted, you will receive an admission letter. This letter allows you to apply for a visa and accommodation in the residences of the University of Ghent.

For questions regarding admission to a master’s program at Ghent University, contact .

For any questions regarding the Ghent University top-up grant for Developing Countries, contact.

The deadline to apply for a Master’s program at Ghent University for the academic year 2023-2024 is Saturday, April 1, 2023.


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