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VLIR-UOS scholarship

The IOB offers 12 full scholarships for each Advanced Master. The scholarships are funded by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS).

Eligibility criteria

  • Only applicants who are a national AND a resident of one of the following 31 countries can apply:
    • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger
    • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
    • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru
  • The maximum age for an Advanced Master programme candidate is 40 years. (Age on 1 January of the intake year.)
  • Applicants who previously obtained a scholarship from the Belgian government or were previously enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution to attend a master programme or equivalent are not eligible
  • Applicants need to hold relevant professional experience in order to be selected for this scholarship:
  Sector of employment Professional position and responsibilities

Master of Development Evaluation and Management:

National Institutions, Poverty Reduction Strategies and Aid

  • government institutions (including public research institutions)
  • donor agencies (including international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donors)
  • civil society (including research institutes, universities)
  • middle-management positions with policy responsibilities and/or responsibility for managing the interface
    • between different policy levels (e.g. national to international, national to local) or
    • between different arenas (e.g. government-donors, INGO-national NGO)
  • development intervention or poverty reduction initiatives, oriented towards macro-levelpolicy

Master of Development Evaluation and Management:

Development Interventions and Local Institutional Change

  • government institutions (including public research institutions)
  • donor agencies (including international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral donors)
  • civil society in the South (e.g. at research institutes or universities, or with local NGOs or entrepreneurial associations)
  • middle managers with policy responsibilities and/or managerial responsibility at the interface
    • between different policy levels (e.g. local to national, national to international) or
    • between different arenas (e.g. civil society-government, government-donors, INGO-national NGO)
  • development interventions or poverty-reduction initiatives in micro-level or meso-levelprojects and programmes

Master of Governance and Development:

Governance, Peace and Conflict

public action domain within:

  • government institutions (including public research institutions)
  • donor agencies (including international non-governmental organisations, bilateral and multilateral donors)
  • civil society (including advocacy groups, research institutes and universities)
  • conflict-prone environments or
  • post-conflict situations or
  • policy-oriented research on these topics

Master of Governance and Development:

Local Governance and Poverty Reduction

public action domain within

  • government institutions (including public research institutions)
  • donor agencies (including international non-governmental organisations, bilateral and multilateral donors)
  • civil society (including research institutes and universities)
research on the interface between the transnational, national and local level and/or between state and non-state development actors

Master of Globalisation and Development

  • local, regional and/or national government institutions
  • research institutes or universities
  • local NGOs, advocacy or entrepreneurial associations
  • international organisations (e.g. international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral institutions)
  • middle or upper management or policy/policy research positions with at least some experience at the interface
    • between different policy levels (e.g. international to local, national to international) or
    • between different arenas (e.g. civil society-government, government-international forums and institutions, INGO's-NGOs)
  • development or poverty-reduction initiatives micro-level or meso-level projects and programmes and/or macro-level policymaking

Selection

Applications who successfully pass the academic selection are subsequently assessed by a joint selection commission of IOB and VLIR-UOS in order to select scholarship candidates. For each Master, 12 effective scholars and 12 substitute scholars will be selected.

The scholarship selection is based on the VLIR-UOS selection criteria: the IOB applies a gender and regional balance; professional experience is an important asset to award this scholarship and an outstanding motivation is highly valued. Preference will be given to scholarship applicants who have never received a scholarship before.

Given the need to balance out the VLIR selection criteria, it is in theory possible that not the best scoring students get a scholarship. For example, if there are many high scoring male students from country X, it is probable that the best scoring might get a scholarship (if he is eligible). But it is also likely that a female from country X or Y (with a lower score) gets a scholarship too. Though this might seem unfair vis-à-vis the better scoring males, VLIR-UOS prefers positive discrimination in terms of gender in such a case. Added to this, since the pool of applicants changes from year to year, and since scholarships are awarded taking into account relative criteria (number of females, regional balance, etc…), the odds that a scholarship is awarded in year 1 for candidate X might be completely different in year 2. This explains why some students apply several times without success before they get accepted – even though their application file did not change in essence.

The scholarship covers all expenses related to the studies. For detailed information please check the website of VLIR-UOS.