Last Date To Apply: November 01, 2020

Applications are invited for the Funded Global Minds call for Open Faculty Projects at KU Leuven, Belgium.

The Global Minds program publishes it’s fourth open 2021; call for creative projects that contribute to the Global Minds objectives:

  1. Fortifying KU Leuven in its capacity to improve the performance in University Development Cooperation (UOS).
  2. Expanding the group of students and staff active and interested in UOS.
  3. Increasing awareness regarding global challenges, sustainable development and North-South relationships

The purpose is to help projects involving the whole or even multiple faculties. The call contains as few limitations as possible, to allow for broad creativity and diversity. Potential elements could be:

  • mainstreaming expertise and topics from the South in KU Leuven research and education. 
  • encouraging interculturality and diversity
  • Invite South or international organizations speakers and Non-government organizations that treat global challenges.
  • Improving interdisciplinary opportunities for scholars to learn about dealing with sustainable development complexities.
  • Stimulating reflection on the colonial past with academics from formerly colonized countries. 
  • Creative entrepreneurship. 

To reach a large audience within and beyond the university, Public events and communication efforts are appreciated. A mix of team members of the project with some experience in university development cooperation, with members who have less experience, is a plus.


€ 10,000 to € 25,000 per project.


The Application should be sent before the end of Sunday, November 01, 2020, to [email protected] (you have to add [email protected] in CC). The proposals will be viewed by an IRO Selection Committee, to be validated by the Council of IRO.

There is a basic template for the Application. This template should not surpass six pages. 

Proposals will be judged on:

  1. Quality: clear goals, adding value and efficient use of means (10 points)
  2. Importance for global development problems (10 points)
  3. Alignment with Global Minds goals (10 points)
  4. Reach of the proposal within the faculty; cooperation with faculties will be an asset. (5 points)
  5. Feasibility (5 points)

The Global Minds program gets funding from VLIR-UOS and is controlled by VLIR-UOS regulations.

Should be taken into account:

  • Attending experts can come from any country, but outgoing mobility with activities in the South is limited to the following countries: Philippines, Vietnam, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Cuba, DR Congo, Indonesia, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Morocco; 
  • All mobility have to follow the VLIR-UOS guidelines and standard procedures.a
  • No investment charges are permitted (to acquire durable goods costing more than 125 euro excl. VAT)
  • Personnel expenses are allowed, but not for administrative tasks, not for ZAP. Student part-time jobs are allowed.
  • Transfers are not allowed to accounts for partners in the South.

For all your questions related to the program, you can contact [email protected]  (016 32 25 07)



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