BOF-programmes

Special Research Fund

The Special Research Fund (Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds, BOF) is a research grant funding allocated by the Flemish government to the universities every year. The grant funding is distributed among the various Flemish universities on the basis of a competitive system. The BOF funds are allocated through project or fellowship funding for fundamental scientific research.

The following is an overview of the various BOF programmes. Click on the programme for more information about it.

BOF programme

Deadline*

Application form**

Bilateral Scientific Cooperation

1 April

1 October

Application form

Doctoral Scholarship

1 March

Application form without FWO application

Application form with FWO application

Application form supplementary funding (bench fee)

PhD start-up grant

Doctoral Grants in Cooperation with UNamur

1 March

Application form

Doctoral Grants in Cooperation with ULiège

1 March

Application form

Doctoral Grants in Cooperation with UM

1 March

Application form

Bridging grant

Research collaboration without boundaries:
Call 1 - Humanities without boundaries

1 October

Application form

Incoming mobility

1 February

15 May

1 October

Application form

PhD Mobility UC Berkeley

1 February 2022

Application form

Interuniversity BOF programme (IBOF)

26 October

Application form

Large Research Projects

call 2020 closed

Application form

Small Research Projects

call 2021 closed

Application form

Incentive funding

-

Intranet

Programme with Fachhochschulen

throughout the year

Intranet

Outgoing mobility

1 February

15 May

1 October

Intranet

Sabbatical Leave

1 February

15 May

1 October

Intranet

Temporary Mandates

Intranet

Research Infrastructure Fund

Intranet

Other programmes

* If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, it is moved to the next working day.
** BOF GDPR

Bilateral Scientific Cooperation

What
The Bilateral Scientific Cooperation programme aims to encourage and strengthen international university cooperation between UHasselt researchers and colleagues from partner countries through (joint) doctoral projects. The BILA programme finances research stays.  In its selection, the Research Council seeks to strike a balance between projects involving science sharing with developing countries and projects that seek links with major international networks.

Who
Proposals must meet the following conditions:

  • applications must be made within the frame of a new or existing partnership research group, and must relate to a doctoral project in favour of a foreign doctoral candidate;
  • the candidate must be eligible for admission as a doctoral student on the basis of the UHasselt doctoral regulations;
  • the doctoral student must remain administratively attached to his/her home university orth a foreign research home institution;
  • each stay at Hasselt University should preferably last a maximum of 90 days;
    • preferably one stay per year;
    • subject to clear justification, exceptionally two stays per calendar year may take place;
  • the doctorate must be (co-)supervised by the Hasselt University research group (promoter and copromoter, advisory committee);
  • If a promoter already has two ongoing BOF-BILA Projects, he cannot submit a new application.
  • prior to the start of the doctorate, there must be an agreement with the home institution about whether this will be a joint PhD or a UHasselt PhD;
  • prior to the start of the doctorate, negotiations on the conclusion of a partnership agreement governing the joint supervision and awarding of a doctorate diploma must have started; the agreement must have been concluded before the second stay at UHasselt; only after this will the funds for the second and subsequent stays be released;
  • the maximum number of months funded by Hasselt University in a BILA application is 9 months, or exceptionally 12 months, depending on the possibilities and funding by the foreign partner. It is only possible to apply for more than 9 months if this is necessary to complete the PhD and if this is clearly justified in the application.

Deadline
There are two deadlines every year: 1 April and 1 October. If this falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, it is moved to the next working day at 5 pm.

Submission
Proposals are submitted on the application form.

More information
Contact Hasselt University:
E-mail: elke.bos@uhasselt.be  
Tel.: +3211269053

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

Hasselt University Intranet: ‘BOF Internal guidelines

Doctoral Scholarship

What
The BOF programme ‘Doctoral Scholarship’ involves funding for starting personal mandates with a PhD finality for promising candidate PhD’s at the start of a doctoral trajectory.

Applications within the Doctoral Scholarship Programme have the classic form of 2 x 2 years. However, applications for a 2-year funding are possible in case of:

  • cofinancing by another institution, which offers 2 years of funding and the PhD leads to a joint PhD with a double degree
  • cofinancing by another institution, which offers 1 year of funding, the PhD leads to a joint PhD with a double degree and a 4th year of funding is provided by internal means of the Research group or faculty.

These types of applications with cofinancing are only admissible when the PhD at the other institution hasn’t started already.

Hasselt University requires every doctoral student with a Hasselt University BOF Fellowship to also apply for external funding: an FWO PhD fellowship doctoral grant for Strategic Basic Research, or any other externally funded scholarship. It is recommended that, if possible, such an application should be submitted in parallel with applying for a scholarship from the Doctoral Fund.  Doctoral candidates who have submitted an FWO PhD Fellowship application (FO or SB) or doctoral candidates who have not been able to submit an FWO Fellowship application (cf. FWO regulations concerning PhD Fellowships), can request additional operational funds. The BOF PhD scholar (funded by the doctoral fund) can request up to € 8.000 additional operating resources per year at the time of application.

Who
All prospective doctoral students (regardless of gender, age and nationality) are eligible for a doctorate at one of the faculties/schools, provided that they can enter into a scholarship contract for PhD scholarship holder.

The applicant can submit only one application within only one channel of the BOF doctoral fund of UHasselt (Euregional joint PhD or UHasselt doctoral scholarship programme).

Exclusion criteria
Candidate PhD’s that have already started their PhD research are excluded from applying in this call, regardless the type of appointment or financing under which they’re executing the PhD research at that time.

A person can only be appointed as a PhD fellow (“doctoraatsbursaal”) for a maximum period of 48 months in total across all Belgian universities; should you have been appointed as "doctoraatsbursaal" at a Belgian university in the past, you're are excluded from applying in this call.

Applications
Proposals are submitted on the application form by the prospective doctoral student together with a promoter associated with Hasselt University, who can act as promoter (UHasselt doctoral regulations). An external co-promoter or second external promoter (in the case of a joint degree) will be asked to attach a CV to the application.

Promoters need to do a preselection of applications they want to commit to, in order to submit only the most qualitative applications. Therefore, each promoter can only be involved in maximum 2 applications each call.

Application form without FWO application
Application form with FWO application
Application form supplementary funding (bench fee)

Deadline
1 March (if this falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, it is moved to the next working day at 5 pm).

Planning

  • 1st March 2022: Deadline
  • April 2022: Internal selection
  • 2 - 6 May 2022: Interview round
  • June 2022: Final selection

More information
Contact Hasselt University:
E-mail: elke.bos@uhasselt.be  
Tel.: +3211269053

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

Hasselt University Intranet: ‘BOF Internal guidelines

PhD start-up grant

What
The BOF doctoral scholarship programme should act as a lever for applying for an FWO PhD fellowship. Therefore, an FWO application must be submitted simultaneously with an application to the BOF doctoral scholarship programme. The BOF wants to offer candidates who were not selected at the BOF or at the FWO the possibility of a start-up grant to prepare for a renewed FWO application or another externally funded mandate.

Who

  • This program is only open to reserve candidates from the BOF doctoral scholarship programme  who are primarily eligible to submit an application for an FWO PhD fellowship or a mandate within another excellent funding channel.
  • Funding is awarded to only one reserve candidate per domain alpha, beta, gamma, based on their position as the first candidate on the reserve list.

Applications
Within the BOF doctoral scholarship programme, a ranking of effective and reserve candidates per domain alpha, beta and gamma is drawn up after the interview round. Depending on the selection of FWO PhD fellows, the reserve candidates from the list can still be awarded a BOF doctoral scholarship and the other reserve candidates move up one place in the list. Candidates who remain on the reserve list per domain as the first candidate after the removal of the effective grants, will be granted a scholarship of up to 1 year from the BOF PhD start-up grant with the aim of preparing for a renewed FWO application or another externally funded mandate or project. The start date of the BOF PhD start-up grant lies between the 1st of November and the 1st of February of the following year. If this renewed FWO application does not lead to a selection by the FWO, or the externally requested mandate or project is not selected, the BOF funding is discontinued at the end of that PhD start-up grant year. PhD candidates that have accepted the BOF PhD start-up grant, can not apply another time within the BOF doctoral fellowship programme.

Planning
The selection of candidates for the PhD start-up gant will be done yearly in October, linked to the announcement of the selection of FWO PhD fellowships.

The start date of the BOF PhD start-up grant lies between the 1st of November and the 1st of February of the following year.

More information
Contact Hasselt University:
E-mail: elke.bos@uhasselt.be  
Tel.: +3211269053

Hasselt University Intranet: BOF Internal guidelines

Doctoral Grants in Cooperation with UNamur

BOF DOCTORAL GRANTS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF COOPERATION BETWEEN UNIVERSITY OF NAMUR AND HASSELT UNIVERSITY
CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2022

What
The BOF Doctoral Fund and the Fonds spécial de recherche UNamur provide funding for PhD fellowships in the framework of the cooperation between University of Namur and Hasselt University. Both universities provide funding to cofinance 2 fulltime PhD-fellowships in close collaboration leading to a joint doctoral degree (2 separate diplomas, referring to the collaboration).
The fellowships have an initial duration of two years and are renewable for a second period of two years after a positive evaluation at the end of the second year. This evaluation will be based upon the progress report, produced by the candidate, for the doctoral committee and the doctoral committee’s advice.

The candidate will be appointed at both universities for 50% during the entire PhD.

Who

  • This programme is open to all applicants[1] without restriction to gender, nationality or age.
  • Graduates with a relevant Master degree and excellent grades.
    Motivated and determined researchers possessing first-rate analytical and writing skills.
    Final-year (master) students are (likewise) encouraged to apply if they have proven research skills.
  • Candidates who have already started their PhD research, but are not employed as resident PhD researchers.

[1] This call is open to candidate PhD students, without restriction to gender, nationality or age. Since this concerns mandates in the scholarship statute, the circular of the Belgian Ministry of Finance regarding the exemption conditions of doctoral scholarships applies. This states, among other things, that employment contracts may not be replaced by a doctoral scholarship.

Application

  • The applicant can apply within only one channel of the BOF doctoral fund of UHasselt (joint PhD or UHasselt doctoral fund)
  • A person can only be appointed as a PhD fellow (“doctoraatsbursaal”) for a maximum period of 48 months in total across all Belgian universities; should you have been appointed as "doctoraatsbursaal" at a Belgian university in the past, you're are excluded from applying in this call.
  • The applications must be submitted by the PhD-candidate signed by both a UHasselt promoter (cf. section 9 of the UHasselt doctoral regulations) and a UNamur promotor
  • Application form + annexes
  • Send to BOF@uhasselt.be and adre@unamur.be
  • Deadline: 01.03.2022, 17h00.

Assessment criteria

Scientific quality of the candidate:

  • Study results
  • Motivation and relevant competences

Scientific quality of the proposal:

  • scientific quality of the proposal
  • quality of the research approach (methodology) and feasibility of the project
  • quality of the research environment including excellence of lab (infrastructure, supervision, past experience, …)

Quality of collaboration:

  • embedding of proposed project in research policy of the hosting research institute/group/school
  • explain how the project will enhance the collaboration between both universities
  • indicate prospect of more sustainable collaboration
  • equal involvement of both sides

The applications will be assessed by a selection committee appointed for that purpose by both Research Councils.
The preselection will be based on a scoring grid.
Candidates who make it through the preselection will be invited for an interview

Timing

  • 1 March 2022, 17h00: Deadline submission of applications
  • April-May 2022: Selection
  • 17 & 19th of May 2022: Selection by both Research Councils
  • June 2022: Final decision

More information

Contact UNamur:
E-mail: secretariat.adre@unamur.be 
Tel: +3281725049

Contact Hasselt University:
E-mail: elke.bos@uhasselt.be 
Tel.: +3211269053

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

UHasselt intranet: BOF internal guidelines

Doctoral Grants in Cooperation with ULiège

BOF DOCTORAL GRANTS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF COOPERATION BETWEEN UNIVERSITY OF LIEGE AND HASSELT UNIVERSITY

Call for proposals 2022

What
The UHasselt BOF Doctoral Fund and the ULiège Joint PhD Programme provide funding for PhD fellowships in the framework of the cooperation between University of Liège and Hasselt University. Both universities provide funding to cofinance 2 fulltime PhD-fellowships in close collaboration leading to a joint doctoral degree (2 separate diplomas, referring to the collaboration).

The fellowships have an initial duration of two years and are renewable for a second period of two years after a positive evaluation at the end of the second year. This evaluation will be based upon the progress report, produced by the candidate, for the doctoral committee and the doctoral committee’s advice.

The candidate will be appointed at both universities for 50% during the entire PhD.

This is a 2-yearly call that is open with no limitations to the subject (“open call’).

Who

  • This programme is open to all applicants[1] without restriction to gender, nationality or age.
  • Graduates with a relevant Master degree and excellent grades.
    Motivated and determined researchers possessing first-rate analytical and writing skills.
    Final-year (master) students are (likewise) encouraged to apply if they have proven research skills.
  • Only candidate PhD’s at the start of a doctoral trajectory who apply for 4 years of funding are eligible.

[1] This call is open to candidate PhD students, without restriction to gender, nationality or age. Since this concerns mandates in the scholarship statute, the circular of the Belgian Ministry of Finance regarding the exemption conditions of doctoral scholarships applies. This states, among other things, that employment contracts may not be replaced by a doctoral scholarship.

Application

  • The applicant can apply within only one channel of the BOF doctoral fund of UHasselt (joint PhD or UHasselt doctoral fund)
  • A person can only be appointed as a PhD fellow (“doctoraatsbursaal”) for a maximum period of 48 months in total across all Belgian universities; should you have been appointed as "doctoraatsbursaal" at a Belgian university in the past, you're are excluded from applying in this call.
  • The applications must be submitted by the PhD-candidate signed by both an UHasselt promoter (cf. section 9 of the UHasselt doctoral regulations) and an ULiège promotor
  • Application form
  • Send to BOF@uhasselt.be and ard@uliege.be

Deadline and timing

  • 1 March 2022, 17h00: Deadline submission of applications
  • May 2022: Evaluation
  • June 2022: Final Decision
  • 1 October 2022: Start date PhD

Regulations

Assessment criteria

  • Scientific quality of the candidate:
    • Study results
    • Motivation and relevant competences
  • Scientific quality of the proposal:
    • scientific quality of the proposal
    • quality of the research approach (methodology) and feasibility of the project
    • quality of the research environment including excellence of lab (infrastructure, supervision, past experience, …)
  • Quality of collaboration:
    • embedding of proposed project in research policy of the hosting research institute/group/school
    • explain how the project will enhance the collaboration between both universities
    • indicate prospect of more sustainable collaboration
    • equal involvement of both sides

The applications will be assessed by a selection committee appointed for that purpose by both Research Councils.
The evaluation will be based on a scoring grid.

More information

Contact ULiège:
E-mail: denys.jeandrain@uliege.be
Tel: +3243665231

Contact Hasselt University:
E-mail: elke.bos@uhasselt.be 
Tel.: +3211269053

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

Doctoral Grants in Cooperation with UM

Special Research Fund 2022
Call for Proposals for Joint Doctorate Projects, leading to a Double Degree in the framework of the cooperation between Hasselt University – Maastricht University
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences/Maastricht UMC+ (co-funding for 6 joint PhD-projects)

WHAT CAN BE APPLIED FOR?

Within this call 6 PhD-projects (max. duration of 4 years) can be selected.

For each project (PhD)funding is provided for 2 years, including 2 x € 5.000 bench fee. The funding for the remaining 2 years (PhD funding and remaining bench fee) must be provided by the participating research groups/hosting laboratories/research institutes.

A PhD-candidate must be selected within 6 months of approval of the application. The candidate will be appointed in a fellowship position at UHasselt during the first two years of the project and will be appointed as an internal PhD candidate at Maastricht University during the last two years of the project.

The project will be executed in close collaboration between both universities during the entire duration of the project. The PhD candidates will be expected to participate in the research groups at both universities during the four years of the PhD research.

The joint doctoral projects will lead to double doctoral degrees between Hasselt University and Maastricht University. There will be one single public defense, recognized by both institutions.

WHO CAN APPLY?

This programme is open for PhD projects in collaboration between Hasselt University and Maastricht University in the domains of (interdisciplinary) research in Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

CONDITIONS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

When submitting a proposal for the research position, the following conditions apply:

  1. The project has to enhance the collaboration between UHasselt and Maastricht University.
  2. The project description in the application will present the doctoral research (problem statement, objectives & methodology) and, as far as possible, an indication of the work plan and time schedule including an indicative time schedule for the time spent at UHasselt and Maastricht University preferably in a 50/50 regime.
  3. The collaborating supervisors of the future PhD candidate must submit the applications: a UHasselt supervisor who can act as ‘promotor’ cf. art. 10 of the UHasselt doctoral regulations and a supervisor from Maastricht University, cf. chapter 3 of the ‘Regulations for obtaining the doctoral degree at Maastricht University’.
  4. Projects can be submitted with or without a candidate.

Only candidate PhD’s at the start of a doctoral trajectory who apply for 4 years of funding are eligible.

WHEN CAN APPLICATIONS BE SUBMITTED?
The closing date for the submission is Tuesday, March the 1st 2022 (17h00).

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

The application has to be submitted at both universities (Maastricht University and Hasselt University).

REGULATIONS

On the website of Hasselt University you can find information on practical matters you need to arrange before and during your doctoral research:

On the website of Maastricht University you can find information on practical matters you need to arrange before and during your doctoral research:

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Application files will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Scientific quality of the proposal:

  • scientific quality of the proposal
  • quality of the research environment including excellence of lab (infrastructure, supervision, past experience, …)
  • embedding of proposed project in research policy of the hosting research institute/group/school.
  • contribution to regional (Maastricht/Hasselt) development (societal impact), if applicable
  • elements of valorization, if applicable

Quality of collaboration:

  • explain how the project will enhance the collaboration between both universities
  • indicate prospect of more sustainable collaboration
  • involvement of other partners of the lab or external partnership should be clearly stated whenever requested to carry out research
  • collaboration between supervisors (UHasselt & UM)
  • equal involvement of both sides (UHasselt & UM)

TIME SCHEDULE

Applicants of the selected projects will be informed at the end of May 2022. The projects must start within six months after approval.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

UHasselt intranet: BOF internal guidelines

Maastricht University and Hasselt University are committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, and (dis)ability) is to our and your advantage. Creating an inclusive working climate in which students and staff feel a valued member of the UM and UHasselt community is therefore a top strategic priority. UM and UHasselt values diversity within its community and encourages you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

Bridging grant

The BOF PhD bridging grant programme aims to accommodate applications for a maximum of one year of additional funding by means of a co-financing of 50% personnel costs and €2,500 operating funds (in alignment with the incentive for co-funding for the fourth grant year for grantees within the EU Framework Program, vide infra). This co-financing can be requested on the condition that at least 3 years of funding are guaranteed, of which at least part of the funding is acquired externally through a selection procedure.

The BOF bridging grant is awarded on the condition that the fellow has a positive report from the doctoral committee after 2 years. The BOF co-financing of 50% is granted for the last year as PhD. In case of a negative report from the doctoral committee, the award from the BOF is cancelled.

This programme is aligned with the BOF budget and takes effect as of 2022. There is no retroactive adjustment of acquired past grants.

Each selection round (per quarter), the candidates will be short-listed to the Research Council, who will award a grant to 1 candidate based on a lottery system. A PI cannot receive a bridging grant for more than one PhD candidate, to whom the PI wishes to act as supervisor for the doctorate, in two consecutive years.

Applications related to co-financing of external mandate funding have priority over project funding applications.

Application criteria
This program is open to candidate PhDs at the start of their PhD trajectory.

  • Applications related to co-financing of external mandate funding have priority over those under project funding.
  • The candidate has already at least 3 years of funding guaranteed, of which at least part of the funding is acquired externally through a selection procedure.

Application
The promoter of the candidate-PhD can send a motivated request to BOF@uhasselt.be. Proof of the externally acquired funding through a selection procedure must be added.

Financial
The BOF bridging grant is awarded on the condition that the fellow has a positive report from the doctoral committee after 2 years. The BOF co-financing of 50% is granted for the last year as PhD. In case of a negative report from the doctoral committee, the award from the BOF is cancelled.
This programme is aligned with the BOF budget and takes effect as of 2022. There is no retroactive adjustment of acquired past grants.

Timing
The selection of candidates will take place at the beginning of every quarter.

Research Collaboration without boundaries

CALL 1 - HUMANITIES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

What
The BOF programme “Research collaboration without boundaries” should leverage sustainable collaborations with disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, where the supervisor is from the Humanities and Social Sciences* and co-promoters can come from any UHasselt faculty or be a non-UHasselt partner, with the latter partner providing 50% effective co-funding. The intent is to provide seed money, with the goal of serving as the start of a sustainable collaboration that can lead to future joint efforts to apply for new external research funding.

* Humanities and social sciences:

  • de faculties: Business Economics, Law, Architecture and Art
  • de School of Social Sciences
  • de School of Educational Studies

Who
Applications should meet the following conditions:

  • Only UHasselt promoters (ZAP-member) from the humanities and social sciences (max. 1 application per promoter) can submit an application;
  • It should be a new collaboration (the past 4 years are considered - no co-publications; in the application form the possibility is offered to further explain this);
  • fundamental (preliminary) research: TRL level equals 1 (Projects and/or programmes with the aim of performing basic research and observing basic principles)
  • research that is multidisciplinary in nature, which translates into the involvement of:
    • at least 2 UHasselt research groups, in case of a partnership within UHasselt;

or

  • at least 1 UHasselt research group and 1 non-UHasselt partner (academic or non-academic) from another research discipline, providing 50% effective co-funding.

A budget of € 150.000 is provided for this call. A maximum budget of € 50.000 can be requested per project, with a maximum of €10.000 for operating funds. The requested budget for personnel costs can be used for a researcher in the status of researcher or researcher-expert. However, it is not possible to hire a PhD-student with scholarship with the requested funds. The projects have a maximum duration of 2 years and the researcher must be appointed within the project period.

Application
Applicants will need to complete and submit an application form to BOF@uhasselt.be, after which a selection will take place in the Bureau of the Research Council.

Deadline and timing

The deadline for this call will be October 1, with a selection process in November-December and a start date of January 1.

More information
Hasselt University contact person: Lieve Tulleneers

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

Intranet: BOF internal guidelines

Incoming mobility

What
The BOF programme for incoming mobility funds incoming international research stays for short periods of one to three months.

Who
This programme is intended for researchers from the postdoctoral level upwards. The stay of a foreign researcher at our university should have an added value for the UHasselt research. Applications need to be submitted by an independent academic staff member (ZAP) attached to Hasselt University by means of the application form.

Deadline
Applications can be submitted, subject to the available funds, three times a year: 1 February, 15 May, 1 October. Should the deadline fall on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the deadline is moved to the next working day at 5 pm.

More information
Hasselt University contact person: Lieve Tulleneers

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

Intranet: BOF internal guidelines

BOF PhD Mobility UC Berkeley

What
The BOF exchange programme for PhD mobility to and from UC Berkeley facilitates outgoing mobility to UC Berkeley and incoming mobility from UC Berkeley for PhD students through a short stay of 1 to 3 months.

The selection of outgoing candidates will be done at UHasselt by the Research Council. The selection of incoming candidates will be done at UC Berkeley by a committee of professors.

The outgoing stay of UHasselt can take place in autumn 2022 (September at the earliest). The fellowship provides:

  • PhD students from UHasselt with a visiting student researcher status during the exchange;
  • PhD students from UHasselt with an own working space at the Doe Library Graduate Services and access to printer, scanner, and wifi;
  • the same access to university facilities as full PhD student members of the host university, including library, sports and student union facilities, and student clubs;
  • support to the UHasselt PhD student in the academic progress, physical relocation and cultural orientation;
  • the IES visiting scholar administrative fee to be partially waived (see section costs).

Who
Applications can be submitted by UHasselt PhD researchers with their promoter and an acceptance letter of a professor at UC Berkeley, who will guide the student during the stay at UC Berkeley;

  • Participants in the exchange are required to have completed at least one (1) year of full-time university studies prior to participation in the exchange, thereof at least 0.5 years (half a year) as a PhD student;
  • Each participant in the exchange must ensure that they have adequate health and accident insurance coverage.

Costs?
PhD students from UHasselt have to cover all costs associated with their stay at UCB, including:

  • the regular DS-2019 processing fee ($ 500),
  • VSPA University Services fee ($1000),
  • Department of Homeland Security SEVIS processing fee ($180)
  • U.S. Embassy/Consulate J-1 visa application fee ($ 160)
  • The IES Visiting Scholar administrative fee: outside this programme this amounts to $ 2,000 (for stays up to 5 months). Within this programme this will be partially waived: UCB waives $ 1,500 of this overall $ 2,000 administrative fee for UHasselt participants accepted to UCB.

The Special Research Fund does not provide funding for the outgoing mobility for PhD students, but encourages PhD students to apply with

Application

  • Application form + annexes (the application for external funding is required at the moment of submission to BOF@uhasselt)
  • Send to BOF@uhasselt.be

Regulations

Deadline
01.02.2022

Contact Hasselt University
E-mail: lieve.tulleneers@uhasselt.be 
Tel.: +32 11 26 90 41

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

"Interuniversity BOF projects" programme (IBOF)

What
All Flemish universities join forces for the iBOF-programme
, which cofunds interuniversity projects. Within the iBOF programme,  excellent, frontier research will be funded, in a collaboration (consortium) of at least 3 promoters at at least 2 Flemish universities.

An iBOF project brings together top researchers who, through such an interuniversity project, will (further) promote Flanders at an international level by deepening or broadening scientific knowledge and increasing capacity building in a sustainable partnership. The involvement of promising researchers with high potential is highly recommended.

The applying consortium must submit a concerted research proposal with a duration of 4 years, in which each promoter provides essential expertise for the realization of the proposal. At the same time, the promoters must be complementary to each other and/or mutually reinforcing as they need each other to be able to carry out the project in synergy. They may have worked together in the past, but this is not a requirement.

Proposals from all domains are possible, whether interdisciplinary or not.

Who can apply for an IBOF project

  • Minimum 3 promoters (cf. iBOF regulations) of at least 2 Flemish universities.
    • 1 of the promoters acts as coordinator-spokesperson for the consortium. The coordinator-spokesperson is primarily responsible for the good collaboration of the consortium and is the single point of contact.
    • Applications should be submitted by one promoter, who will act as coordinator-spokesperson of the consortium at their Directorate Research, Library and Internationalisation.
  • The promoters are top researchers (or promising researchers with great potential), who have an excellent track record (international excellence), who have essential expertise for the project, who are complementary and there needs to be synergy between promoters and copromoters. More specific criteria can be found in the iBOF regulations.
  • Per promoter, one or more co-promoters affiliated with the same university as the promoter with whom they join, can participate.
  • A (co)-promotor can only be involved in 1 iBOF application. Promoters and co-promoters who acquired an iBOF project in the framework of the iBOF call 2019-2021 will not be able to participate in the iBOF call 2023.
  • Additional restrictions of who can act as promoter or co-promoter can be found in the iBOF regulations.

Applications

Submission data - deadlines
The selection procedure consists of 2 phases.

  1. Interuniversity preselection of the declarations of intent - Deadline for declaration of intent: 26 October 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
  2. Selection of full proposals by an international panel - Deadline full proposal: 31 May 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Selection criteria & Regulations

Contact UHasselt
E-mail: elke.bos@uhasselt.be 
Tel.: +3211269053

Large Research Projects

Objective
The BOF-programme Large Projects provides funding for fundamental scientific research
projects. With this programme Hasselt University intends to advance the interdisciplinary
collaboration through research projects that tie in with one of the Grand Challenges at Hasselt University:

The projects should be coordinated by a promoter-spokesperson affiliated to one of Hasselt
University’s four research institutes or one of its three research centres.

Features

  • Only interdisciplinary projects are eligible. The interdisciplinarity must be evidenced by the scientific presentation of the research question. The level of interdisciplinarity will be assessed by external reviewers.
  • The submitted proposal must link to (minimum) one of the 3 Grand Challenges at Hasselt University: Healthy society, Sustainable society, Inclusive society.
  • Admissible costs:
    • Staff: PhD-fellowships, postdoctoral or technical staff funding (max. 1 FTE postdoc/technical staff, min. 2 PhD fellowships)
    • Consumables
  • Period: 4 years

More information
More information can be found on the intranet - Large projects (after login)

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

Small research projects

Objective
The BOF 'Small Research Projects' programme entails projects with a four-year funding period, on which 1 or 2 pre-doctoral researcher's mandates are awarded. Within this program, for approved projects funding is provided for one (or two) PhD students with a benchfee of 5,000 euros per year. There is the possibility to apply for additional funding.

This BOF program is open to both monodisciplinary projects and projects in which 2 researchers with complementary expertise work together.

More information
More information can be found on the Intranet - Small Reserach projects (after login)

Support with regard to the application form  will be guaranteed up to 3 working days before submission date.

Other programmes

Hasselt University provides support for the following programs:

  • Structural Funding
  • BOF ZAP
  • Methusalem
  • Policy Reserve

More information
Intranet UHasselt: BOF internal guidelines