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Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities

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Hasselt University encourages the international and intersectoral mobility of its junior researchers and wants to promote (international) contacts between research groups.

Thanks to financial support from the Flemish Government, the doctoral schools of Hasselt University are able to award travel grants to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers for participation in an international summer school or a short research stay abroad. Also, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers can be awarded intersectoral mobility grants for intersectoral summer schools or research projects conducted at and in collaboration with non-academic institutions (companies, hospitals, …).

The first call for 2022 concerns the period January - December 2022. Deadline of submission is 05/12/2022 and the activity (summer school or research stay) has to take place between 01/01/2022 and 31/12/2022. You will receive the result of your application by 16/12/2021.

All PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with a UHasselt supervisor can apply, and the proposals will be evaluated by the doctoral school council.

There will be three calls for mobility in 2022:
  • call 1 has been launched in October 2021 for mobilities taking place from January 2022 onwards.
  • call 2 will be launched in January 2022 for mobilities taking place from May 2022 onwards.
  • call 3 will be launched in June 2022 for mobilities taking place from September 2022 onwards. 


  • In light of the current and expected situation concerning the further spread of COVID-19, the Executive Board of Hasselt University has decided to issue specific mandatory travel guidelines for both staff and students. Make sure to always consult and respect the latest UHasselt travel advice before starting any international mobility! 
  • As the goal of the mobility call is to stimulate international/intersectoral networking and given the current exceptional circumstances (COVID-19), interactive courses/summer schools with an international or intersectoral audience that are organized online may also be financed. Please make sure that both the interactive character and the target audience are clear from your application!

More information about the requirements, selection criteria, financial support and the application procedure can be found here. You can also download the application form and the recommendation form for the supervisor.


TESTIMONY from two PhD students with respect to INTERSECTORAL MOBILITY
Internship at the Ministry of Justice

Both of us are preparing a PhD in Business Economics focusing on – among other things – the efficiency of the justice department, and we performed an internship at the Belgian Ministry of Justice. The internship resulted from a research project initiated in October 2015 by the Ministry of Justice and our research group Economics and Public Policy. The project was supervised by Dr Samantha Bielen and Prof. Dr Wim Marneffe. It was a win-win. The Ministry of Justice got to pick our young scientist brains. We got the opportunity to document and analyze governmental decision making mechanisms in the context of the judicial reform (2014), and this way thoroughly got to know the practical judicial field. The internship was thus a unique learning experience! Also, it allowed us to substantially expand our network and to gather data for future publications. It goes to say that we believe that this kind of internship can – and perhaps should – be recommended to all PhD students!

Jana Indesteege & Leentje Sourbron
April 2016