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Mobility from Belgium to Africa

Students from Ghent University Association can travel to Africa for

  • Research stay - within the framework of master or PhD research
  • Teaching - studying in Africa for one or more semesters
  • Internship
  • Volunteering


  • Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from UGent can find funding for development-oriented initiatives in/on Africa (research, missions, conferences, guest lectures, or awareness-raising activities) through the UGent Global Minds Fund
  • Are you interested to set up a development-related project in Africa, check the University Development Cooperation agency
  • Bilateral research cooperation (grants for PhD research) with South Africa is promoted by the Flemish Agency for Scientific Research 
  • For the regular funding channels for PhD research, click here
  • Every faculty of Ghent University also has a specific Mobility Fund to support mobility for young researchers


  • UGent students can spend some time at an African university - for study or fieldwork - within the framework of a bilateral agreement with Ghent University. Funding can be provided within this framework. Contact with any questions 
  • Students can also apply for a travel grant to do fieldwork in Africa


  • UGent students can contact their departmental internship coordinators to find out about internships in Africa
  • For general information on internships or traineeship, see het Vlaams stageplatform


General information

  • Check out JINT,  the Flemish knowledge centre for international youth mobility and international youth policy 
  • This is a website for Flemish students who wish to find a scholarship for an international adventure abroad
  • The University Centre for Development Cooperation (UCOS) is a recognised Belgian NGO which aims to strengthen the global citizenship skills among students in higher education
  • Kamiel helps you to deal with all kinds of administrative problems you might encounter when planning your international stay
  • Looking for accommodation in Kampala (Uganda)? Check

Mobility from Africa to Belgium

Opportunities provided by UGent

Opportunities provided locally






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  • l'Institut de Recherche pour le Développement gives interesting information for Moroccan scholars, such as an overview of all research institutes in Morocco. Scholars can get in touch with these individual institutes for more information




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  • Click here for an overview of all research institutes in Swaziland, with possible avenues for funding. For more information, students should contact these individual institutes





  • Click here for an overview of all research institutes in Zambia, with possible avenues for funding


  • The Research Council of Zimbabwe provides a limited overview of funding opportunities, and it gives you useful information on conducting research in Zimbabwe


  • For an extremely interesting website on Ma and PhD fellowships for African students, click here
  • For grant for a scientific stay in Flanders, click here
  • For worldwide opportunities for African students, check:
  • Check this site for scholarship positions worldwide
  • Scholarships for Development is an updated listing of international scholarships that are open to students from developing countries and international students in general
  • Also the European Commission offers a database with more information on funding opportunities for researchers who want to travel to Europe:
  • We Make Scholars provides an overview of Study Abroad Scholarships for Internation Students such as the ones offered by the African Union
  • World Student Advisors is an organisation providing support & guidance for students from Africa
  • This provides an overview of scholarships provided by the East African Community (not only to Belgium)
  • Ghent University is an International Partner Institution of PASET-RSIF, and they offer PhD scholarships for African scholars in applied sciences, engineering and technology
  • Information about studying and living in Flanders and Brussels can be found here