VLIR-UOS (Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad – Universitaire Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) Scholarships are scholarships and funding opportunities provided by the Flemish Interuniversity Council for University Development (VLIR-UOS). These scholarships are designed to support students from developing countries who wish to pursue a master’s degree or training program at a Flemish university in Belgium.
Here’s what you need to know about VLIR-UOS Scholarships:
VLIR-UOS Scholarships aim to promote internationalization and capacity-building in higher education institutions in developing countries. These scholarships provide opportunities for students to acquire high-quality education and contribute to the development of their home countries.
The specific eligibility criteria may vary from year to year and depend on the scholarship programs offered. However, in general, applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Be a national and resident of a country in the VLIR-UOS scholarship country list (mostly developing countries).
- Possess a relevant academic background and meet the admission requirements of the chosen master’s program.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their home country.
- Have a sufficient command of English to follow the courses.
Types of Scholarships
ICP (International Course Program) Scholarships
These scholarships support master’s programs that are part of the ICP framework, which focuses on specific development-oriented themes and is designed for students from selected countries.
TEAM (sandwich scholarships)
This program allows students to split their master’s degree between their home country and a Flemish university. They spend part of their studies in Belgium and part in their home country.
BTP (Bilateral Training Program) Scholarships
These scholarships are typically offered to individuals from selected countries in partner countries for a specific training or master’s program at a Flemish university.
Scholarships for Short Training Initiatives
These are shorter training programs, often focused on specific skills development.
VLIR-UOS Scholarships typically cover various expenses, including tuition fees, travel costs, living expenses, insurance, and other allowances. The exact coverage and benefits can vary depending on the specific scholarship program.
To apply for VLIR-UOS Scholarships, prospective students should follow the application guidelines provided on the official VLIR-UOS website. The application process typically involves submitting an online application, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a motivation letter, and proof of language proficiency (usually English).
Scholarship recipients are selected based on a competitive process that considers their academic qualifications, the relevance of the chosen program to their home country’s development, and their potential to contribute to development upon returning home.
Duration of Scholarships
The duration of the scholarship varies depending on the specific program and the chosen master’s degree. In general, scholarships may cover the full duration of the master’s program or the duration specified by the scholarship program.
Recipients of VLIR-UOS Scholarships are often expected to return to their home countries upon completing their studies and contribute to the development of their communities or countries.
Networking and Alumni Association
VLIR-UOS maintains an active network of alumni, allowing scholars to connect with other former recipients of the scholarship and access ongoing support and professional development opportunities.
Specific Scholarship Programs
VLIR-UOS offers a wide range of scholarship programs with specific themes and areas of focus. These programs are often tailored to address specific development challenges in partner countries. Examples of these program themes include sustainable development, health, education, agriculture, environmental management, and more. Each program may have a particular set of eligibility requirements and admission criteria, so applicants should carefully review the programs that align with their academic and career interests.
Collaboration with Flemish Universities
VLIR-UOS works closely with Flemish universities and higher education institutions to provide scholarship opportunities. These universities are known for their academic excellence and research capabilities. As a scholarship recipient, you’ll have the opportunity to study at one of these prestigious institutions, gaining access to top-notch faculty, research facilities, and academic resources.
Research and Thesis Opportunities
Many master’s programs supported by VLIR-UOS Scholarships include research components and the completion of a thesis. Scholarship recipients may have the chance to work on research projects, collaborate with professors, and contribute to ongoing academic endeavors.
Networking and Workshops
VLIR-UOS often organizes workshops, seminars, and networking events for scholarship recipients. These events provide a platform for interaction with peers, professors, and professionals in the field. They can enhance your academic and professional development, as well as provide valuable insights and connections.
While English is widely used in Flemish universities, specific master’s programs may have language requirements. It’s essential to check the language prerequisites for your chosen program and ensure you meet them. Some programs may offer language courses as part of the scholarship package to help students improve their language skills.
Integration into Belgian Society
As a scholarship recipient, you’ll have the opportunity to experience life in Belgium and immerse yourself in Belgian culture. Many universities and local organizations host events and activities to facilitate cultural integration and create a welcoming environment for international students.
In line with the scholarship’s mission to support development, recipients are often expected to return to their home countries after completing their studies. They are encouraged to apply the knowledge and skills gained in Belgium to contribute to their countries’ development efforts. Some programs may even require recipients to commit to working in a relevant field for a specified period in their home country.
VLIR-UOS encourages scholarship recipients to be actively involved in the local and international student community. Participating in student associations, volunteer work, and cultural events can enrich your experience and help you build connections that may be valuable in your future career.
Stipends and Allowances
The financial support provided through VLIR-UOS Scholarships may include stipends for living expenses, accommodation allowances, insurance coverage, and travel allowances. The specific financial details can vary based on the scholarship program and your individual circumstances.
Our ITP 2024 call is open!
Our call for
International Training Programme (ITP) 2024 projects are open!
We are excited to launch our Call for New International Training Programme (ITP) project proposals for 2024!
Be sure to mark 16 November 2023, from 10:00 until 12:00 CET in your calendar as well, as we are organizing an online information session. Register here
This is the third and last ITP call within the Five-Year Programme 2022 – 2027 (FYP). For more information about this call, please consult the ITP call page on our website.
VLIR-UOS Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for students from developing countries to receive a world-class education in Belgium, acquire valuable skills, and contribute to the development of their home countries. Prospective applicants should carefully review the specific scholarship programs, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines to prepare a strong application. Additionally, staying connected with the VLIR-UOS alumni network can provide ongoing support and networking opportunities throughout your academic and professional journey.