Research funding


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What is eligible for funding?

Research funding can take various forms. There are programmes available to help fund researchers themselves, to launch projects and networks or to cover the costs of research stays or visits abroad. Funding options also exist for organizing conferences and lectures, and in the form of prizes/awards.


Scholarships and mandates
When you apply for personal funding, this is usually in the form of a mandate or a scholarship. You will then be associated with the university under scholarship or mandate (fellowship) status. 

What exactly is the difference?
For the university, there are a number of administrative and financial differences. The doctoral student him- or herself will only experience few practical differences: the working conditions are virtually identical. Among the things that do vary is the duration of the appointment. A doctoral scholarship holder is appointed for a maximum of four years. By contrast, a fellowship lasts six years. In addition, a scholarship holder takes on minimal teaching and service responsibilities, whereas a fellowship holder is required to assume such roles – on condition that a maximum 50 percent of his/her working time is free for working on the doctoral thesis.

More information
More information about the appointment types and the precise financial, fiscal, administrative and other implications can be obtained from Hasselt University’s HR department.

Mandate & fellowship funding Type
BOF Doctoral Fund PhD
FWO PhD Fellowship PhD
FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship Postdoc
Vlaio Baekeland Fellowships PhD

FWO Doctoral Fellowships for Strategic Basic Research

Vlaio Innovation Fellowships Postdoc



Research projects

Researchers can apply for project funding, to cover operational, equipment and staff costs with a view to carrying out a research project.. This funding usually has a term of four years and is made available to the research group that applies for the project funding.

The main funder of fundamental research projects is the FWO. The New Initiatives programme of the Hasselt University BOF also provides project funding. To qualify for it, researchers must first submit an application to the FWO. Only project proposals submitted to the FWO have a chance of winning funding.
BELSPO provides funding to develop multidisciplinary projects across community and regional borders. For applied projects, there are various programmes available at Vlaio. For setting up research projects between several European partners, EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 are the ideal funding channels.

Project funding
FWO Research Project
FWO Research Grant
FWO Strategic Basic Research Projects
FWO Applied Biomedical Research
Vlaio Landbouwtrajecten
BOF New initiatives
Horizon 2020



Research mobility

Hasselt University encourages mobility of its researchers. The spreading of knowledge can lead to new insights, developments and applications.

  • When a researcher at Hasselt University plans a stay abroad as part of his/her research, this is referred to as outgoing mobility.
  • The reverse situation of incoming mobility, in which international researchers are invited in Belgium, can also bring added value to research at Hasselt University.
  • Intersectoral mobility, exchanges and cooperation with industry, is being increasingly encouraged.
  • There are also various funding programmes for mobility to a specific country.

Research network

Combining knowledge and expertise in research domains can lead to new insights and ideas, and can also increase a research projects's national and international reputation. There are various programmes specifically aimed at fostering scientific cooperation with other partners. These other partners can be national or international researchers. The grants typically cover the cost of network activities (conferences and seminars, publications, joint workshops,...).

FWO Scientific Research Community (WOG)
FWO International Coordination Action (ICA)
H2020 - Marie Sklodowksa Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

Organisation of conferences and lectures

Scientific conferences and workshops are important tools for the dissemination of knowledge and the building and maintaining  of national and international contacts and networks. As well as taking time, organising conferences  is also costly. Funding possibilities are therefore available.

FWO Organisation of Scientific Meeting
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB)
ESF - Exploratory Workshop
ESF - Research Conferences