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Masters and training programmes in Belgium

Are you a national of a developing country? Do you already hold a master’s degree?

Do you have professional experience and are you looking to further develop your skills in a development-related topic?

Scholarships for masters and training courses offer you the chance to pursue a one-year specialised master’s degree programme or a 4-to-6-month advanced training course within a higher education institution of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Belgium.

/ Scholarships 2021-2022

The call for applications for the academic year 2021-2022 is now open

Opening: 1 October 2020

Deadlines: 15 January and 5 February 2021


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26a0  WARNING! The application procedure is online via the GIRAF platform. Do not send any personal data (passport photos, copies of diplomas, etc.) by e-mail. If you receive such a request by e-mail, it is probably a phishing attempt. 

 

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Which trainings are eligible?

Are you interested in obtaining more information about the training courses available? Have a look at the list of master’s programs and training courses financed by ARES.



What financial support?

Each year, ARES grants an average of 150 scholarships as part of the master’s program, and 70 grants for training courses, to citizens from countries in the global South.

01/ Amounts for a master's scholarship

 

International travel costs

Receipts must be provided

Economy-class travel on an IATA-approved airline, with a maximum of one round-trip ticket per academic year.

Living allowance

Flat rate

1150 €/month for a duration of 12 months.

Indirect mission fees

Flat rate

150 €. This amount is given once per stay, upon arrival of the grantee.

Arrival allowance, tuition and return fees

Flat rate

700 €. This amount is given once per stay, upon arrival of the grantee.

Registration fees

 

At the current rate for DGD grantees.

Insurance fees

 

Directly paid by ARES.

Travel costs that are part of inter-university training

Receipts must be provided

Reimbursed based on real costs incurred, with receipts provided.

 

02/ Amounts for a training course grant

Amounts applicable to grant contracts concluded AFTER 1 September 2018:

International travel costs

Receipts must be provided

Economy-class travel on an IATA-approved airline, one round-trip ticket.

Living allowance

Flat rate

83 €/day for stays lasting 8 to 17 days
1400 €/month for stays lasting 18 days to 1 month (set amount)
1400 €/month for stays lasting 1 to 6 months, prorated to the number of days

Indirect mission fees

Flat rate

150 €. This amount is given once per stay, upon arrival of the grantee.

Insurance fees

 

Directly paid by ARES.

Travel expenses in the framework of inter university trainings

Receipts must be provided

Reimbursed based on the real incurred, with receipts provided.

 

How do I submit my application?

Would you like to submit an application form and receive a grant? Are you unsure about your eligibility?

Follow these guides :

01/ Procedure for submitting applications

Applying for an ARES grant is totally free. ARES does not charge fees at any stage of the application or selection process. You may inform us via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of any problems with individuals or companies who claim to represent ARES and request any payment.

How do I submit a grant application?

Please note that the application procedure is now online via the GIRAF platform.

  • First, you need to create a GIRAF account by clicking here. Your account will be validated (within a few hours to a few days) and you will receive a confirmation mail.
  • Once your account has been validated, you can access the application form via the Competitive calls tab of your GIRAF profile. Please note that you only have to click once on the "Start an application for masters and training programmes" button in GIRAF. You will then find your application form in the My tasks table of the Competitive calls
  • You can complete your form in several times, as long as you use the "Save and edit later" option. You will find your form each time in the My Tasks table of the Competitive calls tab in GIRAF.
  • As soon as you click on "Submit my application", your file is transmitted to ARES and you can no longer modify it. You can still consult it in the My Submitted Files

Application Deadline

  • Applications must be submitted via GIRAF by 5 February 2021 at the latest.
  • Please note that applications for the following internships must be submitted via GIRAF by 15 January 2021 at the latest:
    • Stage en système d’information géographie
    • Stage en contrôle et assurance qualité des médicaments et produits de santé
    • Stage en initiation à la recherche pour le renforcement des systèmes de santé

Application files will not be considered if they (are):

  • incomplete;
  • sent in by post, e-mail or fax. The procedure now takes place entirely online via GIRAF;
  • submitted via GIRAF outside of the application period;
  • are not completed in the language in which the training course is given;
  • do not follow one of the admissibility criteria that are clearly stated on the form (certified copy of diploma, age, professional experience, etc.).

02/ Admissibility criteria

Applying for an ARES grant is totally free. ARES does not charge fees at any stage of the application nor selection process. You may inform us via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of any problems with individuals or companies who claim to represent ARES and request any payment.

For a request to be valid, the applicant must:

  1. Be a citizen of a developing country. To be eligible, applicants must be residing and working in their country of origin when they apply;
  2. Only nationals of the following countries may apply for grants from ARES: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia (only for training courses in English), Haiti, Madagascar, Morocco, Niger, Peru, the Philippines, the DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, and Vietnam;
  3. Be under the age of 40 for degree programs, and under 45 for training courses, at the time the training is scheduled to begin;
  4. Have earned a diploma comparable to a graduate-level diploma from Belgian university studies. Nevertheless, for certain training courses, different requirements may be requested, which will be specified below;
  5. Possess relevant professional experience in a developing country of at least two years after graduate studies, or of three years after their studies if the applicant has earned a post-grad degree from a university in an industrialized country;
  6. Have good mastery of written and spoken French. For training courses held in another language, it is essential to have a proper level in the course’s language, both written and spoken. We shall insist that the applicant commit to learning French in order to take part in daily life in Belgium;
  7. Apply for only one training course.

Applicants should not obtain prior admission to one of the Francophone universities in Belgium in order to be considered for ARES grants.

Application files will not be considered if they (are):

  • incomplete;
  • sent in by post,  e-mail or fax;
  • submitted outside of the application period (indicated on this website within the section describing how to submit an application);
  • are not completed in the language in which the training course is given;
  • do not include items that are required attachments (certified copy of diploma, etc.);
  • do not follow one of the admissibility criteria that are clearly stated on the form (certified copy of diploma, age, professional experience, etc.).


Academic curriculum

Judgement of the academic quality of applicants will be based on diplomas and lists of coursework completed, with results, teaching activities, or research and publications.

For coursework, priority will be given to applicants who have not yet completed a post-graduate degree, except under exceptional circumstances duly justified in the application file.

Receipt of previous grants

Priority will be given to applications who have not yet received a Belgian grant.

Professional experience

ARES places a priority on giving grants to applicants who, after their university studies, have been able to work in a professional field related to issues raised by development. The social impact of professional experience is considered an important element in evaluating an applicant’s file.

Part of a partner institution

Applicants who work within an institution that is a partner of ARES, whether as part of institutional support, or a development research project or global South training program, are automatically given priority, in case of all other selection criteria being equal.

The applicant’s commitment to development initiatives

Particular attention will be given to application files from candidates who, in addition to their academic qualities, have proven their commitment to the development field. Commitment is illustrated by having worked with the least fortunate members of society and having engaged with them to find efficient ways to defend and promote their interests.

Nationality criteria

ARES wishes to diversify the geographic origin of its grantees. It wants, for the totality of its international coursework and training courses as part of the “Training, Research & Outreach for Development” program, 50% of total trainees to be applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Gender equality

ARES is particularly interested in encouraging the participation of women in the international coursework and training courses that are part of the “Training, Research & Outreach for Development” program.

The prospects for future reintegration

A maximum number of guarantees is required concerning the applicant’s return to their country of origin or to another developing country, as well as their reintegration into a field that will allow them to make use of the training acquired in Belgium in a development context (e.g. a work contract or a formal pledge) and to generate a multiplier effect that benefits their country of origin.
ARES reserves the right, through the selection process, to evaluate the compliance of files with selection criteria, whether individually or compared with other application files.

03/ Application form

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The procedure to apply for an ARES grant is now online via the GIRAF platform by 5 February 2021 at the latest. Please note that applications for the following internships must be submitted via GIRAF by 15 January 2021 at the latest: Stage en système d’information géographie, Stage en contrôle et assurance qualité des médicaments et produits de santé and Stage en initiation à la recherche pour le renforcement des systèmes de santé. We invite you to follow the instructions set out above in the Procedure for submitting applications.

Attention, if you click several times on the button "Start an application for masters and training programs" in GIRAF after the creation of your account, you will open several forms. If this happens, always use only one of these forms and be sure to respect the requested identifier. Forms that are not submitted and without identifier will be deleted.

No paper forms will be accepted.

Applying for an ARES grant is totally free. ARES does not charge fees at any stage of the application nor selection process. You may inform us via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of any problems with individuals or companies who claim to represent ARES and request any payment.

 

Vous consultez actuellement cette page en anglais. Pour consulter la version en français, cliquez ici ou sur le lien "FR" du sélecteur de langue en haut de page.

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