Every year, the Global Minds programme of VLIR-UOS (Flemish Interuniversity Council - University Development Cooperation) provides 38 scholarships for students from the University of Antwerp who travel to a developing country for an internship or as part of their studies.

What and where?

The grant is a lump sum of €1000. Students from within the European Economic Area (EEA) enrolled at the University of Antwerp can apply through the UAntwerp International Relations Office. Both Bachelor (from the second year on) and Master students are eligible for this scholarship.

Your stay in the South is for at least one month (minimum 28 days) and your country of destination is on the VLIR-UOS country list:

  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa
  • Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam
  • Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, Suriname

Attention: the list of VLIR-UOS scholarship countries will change as of September 2022.

How to apply for a VLIR-UOS travel grant

1. Consult the VLIR-UOS web pages for all guidelines and conditions for eligibility:

  • A step-by-step plan of the application procedure
  • Guidelines for 2018-2021 (below on the web page, under 'Guidelines and forms').
  • Database manual for the submission of a travel grant (under 'Guidelines and forms').
  • Read version of the application form (under 'Guidelines and forms').

2. Create your application file on the VLIR-UOS database

  • Create an account.
  • Click 'Travel grants 2022 UAntwerpen' (under 'Calls scholarship proposals' > 'Open calls') for internships or research visits of which at least 28 days take place in 2022.
  • Be sure to read the guidelines carefully before you initiate your application, and keep the manual close by when completing the online form.

3. Register for a preparation day 'To the Global South' organised by UCOS

The International Relations Office (see contact information below) from the University of Antwerp is happy to help you with this procedure.

Application deadline

For the call for 2021 ('Travel grants 2021 UAntwerpen'), the following deadlines apply:

  • Application deadline - Round 1: Friday 10 December 2021 (if you depart to the South before June 2022)
  • Application deadline - Round 2: Early May 2022 (if you depart to the South in or after June 2022)

The deadline will be followed shortly by a p​ersonal interview and a jury selection (see below).

After your application

After submitting your grant application, eligibility will be checked by the Institution Coordinator for Development Cooperation of the University of Antwerp. If your grant application is eligible, you will be invited for an interview with representatives from the International Relations Office and from USOS. Please make a note of the interview dates:

  • Interviews - Round 1: 20 or 21 December 2021
  • Interviews - Round 2: early May 2022 (exact date will be confirmed)

Shortly thereafter, the grant applications, supplemented by a written summary of the personal interview, are assessed by an academic selection jury. After final verification by VLIR-UOS, the results of the assessment are communicated via e-mail.


If you have any questions about the VLIR-UOS travel grants, application and selection procedures or other administrative formalities, please contact sofie.jaspers@uantwerpen.be.