Research funding


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These pre-PhD mandates or fellowships give young researchers a chance to prepare a doctoral thesis based upon fundamental research.

With this doctoral scholarship, young master graduates can prepare a PhD at a Flemish university. The emphasis here is on fundamental research. The scholarship is for two years and is renewable once.

The scholarships are intended for young researchers with the Belgian nationality or with a nationality from one of the member states of the European Economic Area (EU-member states, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein) or Switzerland.
The candidate possesses a degree from a university from within the Flemish Community or from an officially registered higher education institution. Candidates with a foreign diploma can also be eligible for a fellowship under special conditions.
In addition, candidates are only eligible within the first five years after obtaining their master degree (counted from the first day of the mandate, 1 October). In case the candidate possesses more than one master degree, different rules apply.

The deadline for submitting an application is on 1 February, 17hrs, every year. Should the deadline fall on the weekend, the deadline is moved to first Monday that follows.

More information?
Contact Hasselt University:  Nele Nivelle
Or on the website of the FWO