BTC Bilateral Scholarships

http://www.dgci.be/en/dgdc/grants/docs_bourses/grants_1_1.html

The study and training grants of the DGDC in Belgium are funded in the context of government-to-government cooperation agreements. This is known as direct bilateral cooperation. They are managed on the ground by the BTC (Belgian Technical Cooperation). Approximately 120 grants are awarded each year. Priority will be given to study or training in one of the areas focused on by Belgian cooperation.

The BTC welcomes students on arrival in Belgium and follows their progress during their stay. However, it does not award grants. There is therefore is no point in contacting its personnel until you are sure that you have been awarded a grant.

It is essential that applications are made to the representatives of Belgium in the country of origin of the grant applicant. Standard forms are available from Belgian cooperation attachés in the partner countries.

There are 4 types of grant: grants to study in Belgium, grants to train in Belgium, local grants and mixed doctorates.

1) Grants to study in Belgium

Areas covered

Grants are awarded to fund university postgraduate or doctoral studies. All areas are eligible, but preference is given to projects which strengthen institutional expertise and to medical specialisations.

Application conditions
  • Applicants must be nationals of one of the Belgian cooperation partner countries (see list).
  • The same studies cannot be carried out in the applicant’s country of origin.
  • The studies followed must be related to previous studies.
  • Applicants must be no more than 35 years of age.
  • Applicants must have two years’ professional experience since obtaining their last diploma.
  • In the case of a medical specialisation, the Académies Royales de Médecine (public bodies with a consultative role) must give their agreement.
Duration

12 months (renewable).

Financial provisions

The cost of one return journey is paid for.

A subsistence allowance is awarded to the grant-holder of 793.26 EUR/month.

Spouses and children also receive an allowance of 49.58 EUR/month, up to a maximum of 247.90 EUR per month.

A removal allowance is paid to grant-holders when they first arrive in Belgium. This is 446.21 EUR.

Grant-holders receive a lump-sum annual allowance for equipment of 247.89 EUR to cover the cost of educational materials.

Grant-holders are affiliated to a mutual benefit organisation and have third-party liability insurance.

Study costs are also covered. In general, they are paid directly to the host university. Expenses can be claimed for travel costs in Belgium, the cost of attending a congress and/or research-related travel and costs related to dissertations and submission of theses.

On completion of their studies, grant-holders receive a lump-sum allowance of 247.89 EUR to cover postage costs of educational materials.

Application deadline

1st March.

Contacts

A Cooperation Attaché is present in each Belgian representative office (Belgian Embassy or Consulate) in Belgian governmental cooperation partner countries. (See list of addresses).

2) Grants to train in Belgium

Areas covered

These are grants awarded for advanced professional training. All areas are eligible, but preference is given to projects which strengthen institutional expertise.

Application conditions
  • Applicants must be nationals of one of the Belgian cooperation partner countries (see list).
  • The training undertaken must be related to the professional activity of applicants.
  • Applicants must have two years’ professional experience since obtaining their last diploma.
  • In the case of a medical specialisation, the Académies Royales de Médecine must give their agreement.
Duration

No more than 10 months.

Financial provisions

The cost of one return journey is paid for.

A subsistence allowance is awarded to the grant-holder of 248.15 EUR/week.

A removal allowance is paid to grant-holders when they first arrive in Belgium. This is 247.89 EUR.

Grant-holders receive a lump-sum annual allowance for equipment of 247.89 EUR for the duration of their training to cover the cost of educational materials.

Grant-holders have third-party liability insurance and their “health care” costs are covered.

Study costs are also covered. Expenses can be claimed for travel costs in Belgium, the cost of attending a congress and/or research-related travel and report costs.

On completion of their studies, grant-holders receive a lump-sum allowance of 173.53 EUR to cover postage costs of educational materials.

Application deadline

Throughout the year

Contacts

A Cooperation Attaché is present in each Belgian representative office (Belgian Embassy or Consulate) in Belgian governmental cooperation partner countries. (See list of addresses).

3) Local grants

Areas covered

These are grants awarded for study or training undertaken in the country of origin or in a partner country or in a country where there is a Belgian cooperation representative (attaché or BTC). All areas are eligible, but preference is given to projects which strengthen institutional expertise.

Application conditions
  • Applicants must be nationals of one of the Belgian cooperation partner countries (see list).
  • The study or training must be related to the professional activity of the applicant.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of an academic curriculum.
Duration

No more than 10 months.

Financial provisions

Travel costs are covered. A subsistence and equipment allowance is also awarded.

Application deadline

Depends on the academic calendar of the host institution.

Contacts

A Cooperation Attaché is present in each Belgian representative office (Belgian Embassy or Consulate) in Belgian governmental cooperation partner countries. (See list of addresses).

4) Mixed doctorates

Areas covered

This type of grant covers doctorates undertaken partly in the country of origin and partly in Belgium. As a general rule, 1/3 of the research time is spent in Belgium

Application conditions
  • Applicants must be nationals of one of the Belgian cooperation partner countries (see list) (see list).
  • Applicants must be no more than 40 years of age.
  • Applicants must have at least 2 years’ professional experience as a teacher, assistant lecturer or researcher in a university or recognised research institute.
  • The area of research must be accepted by a sponsor in Belgium and a local sponsor.
  • In the case of a medical specialisation, the Académies Royales de Médecine must give their agreement.
Duration

No more than 48 months.

Financial provisions

The cost of one return journey is paid for.

A subsistence allowance is awarded to the grant-holder of 800 EUR/month.

A removal allowance is paid to grant-holders when they first arrive in Belgium. 

Grant-holders receive an equipment lump-sum allowance to purchase materials related to their research, of no more than 7500 EUR for the entire duration of their doctorate.

Grant-holders have third-party liability insurance and their “health care” costs are covered.

Application deadline

1st March

Contacts

A Cooperation Attaché is present in each Belgian representative office (Belgian Embassy or Consulate) in Belgian governmental cooperation partner countries. (See list of addresses).

One Response

  1. I am a Tanzanian looking for in country scholarship for masters degree for 2011 intake in my country Tanzania.

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