The 2015 BELSPO Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarships for African Students at Belgium


The Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships from non-EU researchers to work during 6 to 18 months in a Belgian research team. The postdoc stay and the subsequent S&T collaborations, however, must take place in the frame of on-going research activities financed by BELSPO. Consequently, at the time of application, the Belgian host organisations and promoters must be involved in an on-going research programme funded by BELSPO or belong to a Federal Scientific Institution. The application deadline is May 31st, 2015.

Study Subject(s): The Federal Science Policy Office implements national and international multiannual research actions with a view to consolidate Belgium’s scientific and technological potential. The ultimate aim is to promote sustainable S&T collaborations between the research institutions and support the research networks.
Course Level:
Fellowships are available for postdoctoral research programme.
Scholarship Provider: The Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO)
Scholarship can be taken at: Belgium

Eligibility: Qualifications required to be eligible:
-holding a doctor’s degree at the date of entry the Fellowship,
-being under the age limit of 50 at the date of entry the Fellowship,
-having the nationality of a target country,
-and be associated to research in one of these target countries.
-The target countries: For this Call, the list of target countries is limited to-the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) – all the African countries – Vietnam.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Applicants from following targeted countries the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa); all the African countries (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Vietnam are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

Scholarship Description: The stimulation of international mobility and the attraction of researchers from abroad is one of the priorities of the European Research Area. The Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is contributing to this objective by granting post-doc fellowships to non-EU researchers allowing them to work in a Belgian research team during a given period of time. The ultimate aim is to promote sustainable S&T collaborations between the research institutions and support the research networks.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The duration of the research project is between 6 and 18 months. Exceptionally, the research stay can be divided in 2 periods. This decision needs to be duly justified in the application form.

What does it cover? The fellowship comprises:
– a net monthly allowance of 2,403 EUR;
– a single payment of 1,500 EUR for the travel expenses from and to the country of origin;
-the personal liability insurance costs;
-the contribution to the National Office of Social Security (NOSS), as foreseen by Royal Decree of 26.03.2003 in relation to foreign workers (M. B. of 28.04.2003).

Selection Criteria: The selection of the candidates takes place once a year. BELSPO will proceed to a first examination of the candidatures to check their eligibility, as specified in the application form and the check-list. The candidate is invited to use this check-list to verify the validity of her/his application. The selection will take place by an external multidisciplinary jury under the presidency of BELSPO. The evaluation criteria concern:
-the scientific merits of the candidate (curriculum vitae, publications, field experience…);
-the content of the proposed research project (novelty, feasibility, timeliness, gender…);
-the linkage with the on-going BELSPO project in the host unit;
-the relevance of the proposal with the expertise of the candidate and the domains of the host unit;
-the knowledge transfer; – the prospects for further cooperation between institutions;
-the added value for all actors.

Notification: The result of the selection and the feedback of the assessment will be communicated to the concerned Belgian project leader and to the researcher via e-mail. Ideally the jury should be constituted and evaluate the proposals within 2 months after the deadline of the call. The result can only be communicated officially by letter after the approval of the selection outcome by the concerned authorities, i.e. maximum 2 months after the deliberation.

How to Apply:  The application form is introduced both in hard and electronic copy ( to the Federal Science Policy Office by the Belgian promoter and have to be accompanied by:
-a description of the research project to be performed during the stay;
-a recommendation letter from the director of the candidate’s home institute confirming the possibility that the fellowship holder will be able to resume his/her activities after his/her stay in Belgium;
-a motivation letter from the Belgian promoter.

Application Form

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 31st, 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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