This website provides an overview of the VLIR-UOS funded International Training Programmes and the International Master Programmes.
VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from developing countries so that they can follow a master’s or training programme in Belgium. These scholarships cover all related expenses. Every year, VLIR-UOS awards up to 180 scholarships to first-year master’s students and 70 scholarships to training participants.
All programmes are specifically designed for people in positions of responsibility in civil society (e.g. universities, schools, NGOs, local communities, governments). The target group for master’s programmes comprises students from developing countries, although those from other countries are also welcome. Training programmes are tailored to people from developing countries with a certain degree of professional experience.
Although these programmes are primarily oriented towards students and professionals from developing countries, they are also open to other people. This website includes all the information you need to apply for a place on a given programme as a self-supporting student or a scholar. It also includes information on course content and application requirements.
VLIR-UOS sincerely hopes that the exchange during your study in Flanders results in partnerships and improved understanding across frontiers, and that the knowledge you acquire will be invested and disseminated in the framework of long-term initiatives in your country of origin.
We look forward to welcoming you to Flanders, Belgium! Application and selection procedure
Applicants applying both for academic admission and for a VLIR-UOS scholarship need to consider both the admission requirements and the scholarship criteria.
Applicants applying for academic admission but not for a scholarship, simply need to consider the admission requirements from the host university where the programme is organised.
The host university is in charge of the academic admission of applications. Study results will be taken into consideration during the selection but relevant professional experience and prospects for applying the acquired insights after return to the country are the most important academic selection criteria. The academic admission requirements are specific for every programme. Consult the requirements from the programme you choose at the list of programmes of
The scholarship selection is carried out by a joint selection commission of VLIR-UOS and the host university. The host university – not the applicant! – forwards the applications for a scholarship to the VLIR-UOS secretariat after the academic admission. The VLIR-UOS scholarship criteria are taken into consideration. These criteria consist of, on the one hand, qualification criteria which need to be fulfilled in any case by all scholarship applicants and, on the other hand, of selection criteria that are evaluated by the selection committee. The VLIR-UOS scholarship criteria can be found in a download at the bottom of this page.
All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of their application. Applicants, who are accepted both academically and for the scholarship, will be contacted by e-mail by VLIR-UOS and the host university at the latest on 15 May 2010. Applicants who are not selected academically will be informed by the host university.
Scholarship application deadlines: Master’s programme: 1 February 2010 Training programme: 1 February 2010 except the training about the Great Lakes (30 November 2009)
This is how you apply
1.Choose ONE training programme or ONE master programme you wish to apply for. Notice that YOU CAN APPLY FOR ONLY ONE PROGRAMME FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR, so choose carefully! You cannot increase your chances by trying to apply for more than one programme, as the system will not allow you to apply for more than one programme. Should you try to apply for more than one programme, your data will appear more than once in our central database and all your applications will be inadmissible;
2.Fill in your data in the tool (prescreening form) provided on this website, at the bottom of the page that gives more information about the programme you choose to apply for from the list of programmes of international training or master's programmes;
3.Upon completion of the input of your data, you will automatically receive an e-mail with a link to the correct application form from the host university that is organising the programme you choose;
4.Applications should no longer be sent to the VLIR-UOS Scholarship Office. They should be sent directly to the host university where the programme is organised. Applications sent to VLIR-UOS will not be considered;
5.The application form, together with all required documents (instructions can be found on the application form from the host university), should reach the admission office from the host university where the chosen programme is organised before the application deadline;
6.Applications that are incomplete, illegible or that reach the admission office from the host university after the deadline will be automatically rejected.
Only residents and nationals of the following countries are eligible for a VLIR-UOS scholarship: