University of Louvain PhD Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries, Belgium 2018


The University of Louvain (UCL) holds a competition for awarding PhD scholarships to citizens of developing countries. By doing so, UCL hopes to contribute not only to reinforcing the capacity building in Cooperation for development


Recipients receive a UCL PhD scholarship that includes support for no more than 36 months and, if necessary, one or more round-trip airline tickets between the international airport nearest to the recipient’s home country residence and Brussels Airport.


  • be from a developing country;

  • have the support of at least one UCL faculty member;

  • be admitted by the PhD Committee (CDD) to pursue a PhD at UCL or to the Research Certificate Program (PhD in home country institution) in the candidate’s research field;

  • be free from any commitment to return to a country that has funded training;

  • for students who have already started their doctorate and are enrolled at UCL, not be a scholarship beneficiary.


Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African, Republic Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea, Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe


  • the candidate’s academic credentials (CV, supervisor cover letter, etc.)

  • the research project’s scientific attributes (research originality relating to the current state of knowledge in the field of research, feasibility of the research schedule, relevance with the current researches in the host entity);

  • the prospects of strengthening capacity building in higher-education context for the applicant's home country

  • the institutional impact (added value for the UCL host entity in terms of the potential for the current and future collaborations with the higher education and the research institutions of the home country)