The ARES Scholarship Programme offers scholarships for bachelor, master, and training courses that offer students the chance to pursue a one-year specialized bachelor’s or a master’s degree program or a 4-to-6-month advanced training course within a higher education institution of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Belgium.

ARES Scholarship Programme in Belgium

Course level: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and short-term training

Fields of study: Eligible masters and training courses in the fields of aquaculture, health, food technology, economics, international development, GIS, information technology, agriculture, environment, human rights, microfinance, etc. See the complete list here.

Institution and country: Participating higher education institutions in Belgium

Sponsor: Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Belgium

Scholarship inclusions:

Bachelors and Master’s:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly allowance (lump sum)
  • Roundtrip international travel costs
  • Indirect mission costs  (lump sum)
  • Health insurance

Short-term training:

  • Monthly allowance (lump sum)
  • Roundtrip international travel costs
  • Indirect mission costs  (lump sum)
  • Health insurance

Eligibility criteria for the ARES Scholarship Programme:

  • Be a national, reside and work in one of the following countries: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
  • Holds a diploma comparable to a graduate-level degree (300 credits ECTS) from Belgian university studies for advanced masters and continuing education courses (equivalent to Bac+5); Holds a diploma comparable to an undergraduate level degree (180 credits ECTS) for advanced bachelors (equivalent to Bac+3). The candidate must have held the relevant academic degree for a maximum of 20 years at the time of the start of the course. This maximum period is increased by one year by childbirth and/or adoption.
  • Possesses relevant professional experience in an ARES partner country of at least two years after graduate studies for advanced bachelors, after postgraduate studies for advanced masters and continuing education courses.
  • Complete the application in the language in which the training is given and can attest a good written and spoken knowledge of it. Moreover, knowing a minimum of French allows for good integration into daily life in Belgium.
  • Applies for only one training course.

Application Deadline: 28 January 2022 at 12pm (Belgian time, UTC+1)

How to apply for the ARES Scholarship Programme:

Applications for scholarships must be submitted in accordance with the application procedure and meet the eligibility criteria described below. The selection of scholarship holders is made by a selection panel for each training course after analysis of their administrative admissibility by ARES.

All applications received between the first and last day of the call will be treated equally. ARES encourages applications from women. For equal quality, women will be given preference.

Your application should be submitted to ARES via the GIRAF platform:

  • You must first ensure that you have an active GIRAF account.
    • You can create an account on the GIRAF platform via this link. This account will be validated (within a few hours to a few days, don’t create more than one account) by ARES and you will receive a confirmation mail to create a password.
    • If you created a validated account last year, you can reuse that account and if necessary reset your password.
  • Once logged into your GIRAF account, you can access the application form via the Competitive calls tab of your GIRAF profile. Please note that you must only click once on the “International training application 2022-2023” button. You will then find your form in the My tasks table of the Competitive calls.
  • You can complete your form 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 application is sent to ARES and you can no longer modify it. You can still consult it in the My submitted files table.

All successful and reserved candidates will receive an email at the end of the selection process (June 2022). Unsuccessful candidates will receive an e-mail by the end of June 2022 at the latest. No communication other than that mentioned above will be made to applicants.

Other useful links:

ARES Scholarship Programme in Belgium