Training, the transfer of knowledge and acquiring skills are essential to enable partner countries to take on their own development and fight poverty.

That is why Belgium integrates scholarships and traineeship grants for partner country nationals in its development cooperation.

These grants offer the possibility to different actors to increase their professional competencies and capacities through university (master and doctorate) studies or through internships and travel trips. These opportunities are offered in the country of origin, in other partner countries or in Belgium.

Types of grants

  • The study scholarship grants are mainly awarded for the financing of university training of the 2nd cycle. In general, these scholarships last 1 or 2 academic years.
  • Mixed doctorate scholarships are mainly awarded to doctorate/PhD students. This kind of scholarship covers a stay of 16 months in Belgium, which the scholarship student will use for his research (16 months to be divided in 4 stays over a duration of maximum four years).
  • The internships, with an average stay in Belgium of 1 to 6 months, are usually awarded to experts working in the cooperation field.
  • The purpose of study visits is to enable partners working in the cooperation field to discover a relevant Belgian branch of activity or public sector.

Key figures

  • 31% of grants are awarded to women
  • > 1,000 grants per year in Belgium
  • > 4,000 local grants

The fields of training

  • Medical and pharmaceutical sciences: 14%
  • Economics: 15%
  • Science and applied science: 18%
  • Education and psychosocial sciences: 12%
  • Agricultural and veterinary sciences: 13%
  • Infrastructure: 14%
  • Law: 3%
  • Energy/ The environment: 6%
  • Other: 2%

Origin of grant holders

Grant holders come from more than 25 countries, but mainly from the 18 partner countries of bilateral cooperation.

  • Maghreb & Palestine: 20%
  • Asia: 11%
  • Latin America: 6%
  • Africa (English speaking): 15%
  • West Africa : 15%
  • Congo, Rwanda, Burundi: 31%
  • Non-partner countries: 2%