Last Date To Apply: November 01, 2020

Applications for Fully funded Short-Term Research Grants are invited at KU LeuvenBelgium.

KU Leuven awards scholarships to alumni and researchers from the South. The grants meet the Global Minds (GM) philosophy for stimulating the interchange of innovative research knowledge.

Global Minds will offer researchers new opportunities and wish to consolidate the current cooperation with Alumni by creating the capacity building. The grants program is a part of Global Minds. As such, it is Administered by the university’s Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation (IRO); the IRO will select the candidates.

Applicants can apply for a stipend for the next specific activity: a stay of 90 days at the most for the research, sponsored by a KU Leuven promoter (supervisor).

For the research stay, you need to prove one of the following:

  • The elaboration or preparation with a KU Leuven research unit of joint research.
  • The preparation of a publication.
  • Research training.
  • Debate and Communication about the development cooperation, through seminars and workshops with KU Leuven students.
  • An educational assignment.

In addition to this, the researcher from the South needs to be involved in a current research project and activities relating to education while he’s staying at KU Leuven, such as supervising a (Ph.D.) student or giving a guest lecture.


Successful candidates will obtain the following benefits:

  • An airplane ticket.
  • A university residence (but has to be covered by the monthly allowance).
  • Insurance coverage.
  • An allowance of € 1,400 monthly, following the VLIR-UOS guidelines.
  • A lump sum of € 150 for indirect travel expenses (including all travel costs)

Eligible Countries


  • Kenya, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Guinee, Cameroon, Madagascar, South Africa, Mali, Mozambique Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, DR Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Latin America

  • Bolivia, Cuba, Haïti, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala.


  • Cambodja, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam.


To be qualified for Short-Term Research Grants:

  • You should have obtained your PhD
  • Be a citizen of one of these countries
  • Be employed by a company or institution located in one of the countries cited above.
  • Applicants should be supported and invited by a KU Leuven supervisor, a senior staff member (ZAP).
  • Preference will be given to candidates under the age of fifty.


To apply for grants, applicants must:

  • Submit the online application.
  • Upload a signed invitation by a professor of KU Leuven (ZAP).
  • Upload your CV.
  • Upload a copy of your passport.
  • Upload a copy of your Ph.D. degree certificate.



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