Master and PhD programs


Masters/Predocs (also forgeign students) with an excellent track record can apply for a four years PhD grant at the Flemish Science foundation. Application deadline is Februari 1 of 2012 to start in September 2012.

The FWO aims to provide young and promising researchers with every opportunity to do a PhD in the best possible circumstances. These fellowships are intended for young researchers who are doing their PhD. The PhD research must be fundamental in nature. There is no restriction as regards the topic. The FWO employs a strictly bottom-up approach, in which the researcher can choose the topic of his/her research.

The candidate must be of Belgian nationality, or belong to one of the member states of the European Union or the European Economic Area (*). He or she should also possess a degree that would be required by a university in the Flemish Community for mandatory enrolment as a PhD or final year student at the time of the application. Non-EU candidates must have a basic degree from one of the countries within the European Union or the European Economic Area (*). The candidate must submit proof which will allow the university trustees to grant him or her permission to do a PhD thesis.

Candidates are only eligible for a PhD fellowship within the first five years of obtaining their Master’s degree, calculated on the start date of the fellowship (1 October). If a candidate has more than one Master’s degree, this rule only applies to the degrees obtained in the same study area as the PhD proposal. The 1st Master’s must in any case have been obtained no more than 10 years before the start date of the fellowship (1 October). This restriction does not apply to candidates who have not yet reached the age of 31 at the start of the fellowship (1 October). The final submission date is 1 February at 17.00h. If this day is a Saturday or a Sunday, the closing date is moved to the following Monday at 17.00h. In order to ensure that all candidates get an equal chance, no bibliographical additions will be accepted after this date.

 If you think you qualify for this type of start-up financing and you are interested to apply, please send your motivation and CV to Jan Steyaert.