Financial support

Mobility funding

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 third call for 2022 concerns the period September - December 2022. Deadline of submission is 21/08/2022 and the activity (summer school or research stay) needs to take place between 01/09/2022 and 31/12/2022. You will receive the result of your application by 31/08/2022.

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

In total 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 has been launched in January 2022 for mobilities taking place from May 2022 onwards
  • call 3 has been 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!

More information about the requirements, selection criteria, financial support and the application procedure can be found here (pdf, 123 KB). You can also download the application form and the recommendation form for the supervisor.

Meet the jury seminars

Are you planning your doctoral defence in the near future? Does your jury consist of internationally renowned experts? Grab this opportunity to organize a lecture by one of your external jury members, open to PhD researchers from different research groups at UHasselt and other universities in Flanders.

The following selection criteria apply:
  • The jury member should be an excellent speaker with a solid reputation in his/her research field;
  • The topic should be of interest to a sufficiently broad audience;
  • The lecture should be announced well in advance; in your own research group, within the broader UHasselt research community, as well as in the relevant research groups and doctoral schools at the other Flemish universities;
  • Only travel expenses (flight -economy class- and train) will be reimbursed for a jury member from abroad for up to 500 euros;
  • A maximum of one jury member per supervisor per year will be supported.
Application/selection procedure:
  • Send your application, using the added form, to minimum 2 months prior to the planned date*;
  • The doctoral school board will screen the applications. You will be informed within a month after submission of your application if it has been accepted or not.

The application form can be downloaded here (pdf, 80 KB).

An overview of upcoming seminars can be found here.

* There is some flexibility regarding this deadline in cases where the exact date is still to be determined (or subject to change). Try to inform us as soon as possible.

Funding of bottom-up activities aimed at junior researchers

The Flemish government subsidizes the five Flemish universities to provide support and guidance of junior researchers. Specifically, the universities are asked to organize activities with respect to (1) training (discipline-specific, interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary), (2) career development, and (3) strengthening the international orientation of junior researchers. 35% of the budget needs to be spent in collaboration with at least two other Flemish universities.

In order to allow input from the various faculties, two calls for funding applications for activities aimed at junior researchers are distributed yearly.

The term ‘activities’ refers to workshops/courses (by internal and/or external teachers), symposiums, seminars, etc. There needs to be active involvement of junior researchers. Both local initiatives and initiatives in collaboration with other universities are eligible, but initiatives in collaboration with at least two other Flemish universities are relatively more likely to be funded. PhD students and postdocs may also apply for funding, on the condition that the application is supported by a professor.

The board of each of the three doctoral schools monitors the course offer for their own researchers. The university-wide doctoral school council takes the final decision with respect to the allocation of the budget.

The current call for activities in 2022 may be downloaded (in Dutch) here (pdf, 165 KB) and (in English) here (pdf, 162 KB). The application form may be download (in Dutch) here and (in English) here.