Short-term research grants

KU Leuven offers scholarships to researchers and alumni from the South. The grants fit the Global Minds (GM) philosophy to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and innovative research.

Global Minds wishes to offer new opportunities to researchers and to consolidate the existing cooperation with Alumni, through the creation of capacity building.
The research grants programme is part of Global Minds. As such, it is managed by the university's Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation (IRO), which will select the candidates.

Candidates can apply for grant support for the following specific activity: a research stay of 90 days at the most, supported by a KU Leuven promoter (supervisor).

Important: the research stay needs to involve one of the following:

  1. the preparation of a publication
  2. the elaboration or preparation of joint research with a KU Leuven research unit
  3. research training
  4. communication about and debate on development cooperation through debates, workshops and seminars with KU Leuven students
  5. an educational assignment
  • Next to this, the researcher from the South must be involved in current research and education activities during his stay at KU Leuven, such as giving a guest lecture or supervising a (PhD) student.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants should have obtained their PhD.
  • Applicants should be citizens of one of these countries.
  • Applicants should be employed by an institution located in one of the countries mentioned above.
  • Applicants should be invited and supported by a KU Leuven supervisor who is a senior staff member (ZAP).
  • Priority will be given to applicants under the age of fifty.


At the end of his research stay and before leaving KU Leuven, the visiting scholar should report on his stay via the online reporting tool.


  • An airplane ticket (based on the lowest rate)
  • Accommodation in a university residence will be reserved for you, but has to be covered by the monthly allowance 
  • Insurance coverage
  • A monthly allowance of € 1,400, in accordance with the VLIR-UOS guidelines
  • A lump sum of € 150 for indirect travel costs (covering all travel-related expenses)

Application deadline

  • The call is closed; new call will open on 15 September 2019, deadline on 15 November 2019, 13:00

Application procedure

  • Submit the online application.
  • Upload a signed invitation from a KU Leuven professor (ZAP).
  • Upload your CV.
  • Upload a copy of your passport.
  • Upload a copy of your doctoral degree certificate.

Selection criteria

Candidates will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the formal application requirements
  • the applicant’s academic quality
  • the development relevance of the proposal
  • a well-balanced distribution of the available grants across all nationalities and KU Leuven faculties involved

*** Please be aware that, in accordance with the visa procedure, selected candidates can only travel to Belgium six weeks after the selection date at the very earliest.

The next selection date will be published when the new call is launched.


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