Marc Vervenne Fund PhD Scholarship Programmes in Belgium

The Marc Vervenne Fund (MVF) is glad to offer a number of PhD Scholarships for students from Democratic Republic of the Congo. This program will support talented young scientists from the DRC who are involved in research projects that are relevant for the development of local communities in the Congo. Expires in 31 days!

Scholarship Description
The Marc Vervenne Fund (MVF) was set up in honor of professor Marc Vervenne, who is the honorary rector of KU Leuven and also the Fund’s chairman. Since its launch in 2013, five researchers from the Democratic Republic of Congo have obtained their PhD-degree with support of the Fund. Currently it is supporting another group of five scholars from the same country in achieving the same.

Award Value
The Scholarship contains a return ticket for each research stay. During the research stay, the scholarship holder receives a monthly scholarship of 1420 euros.

Level and Area of Studies
Docotral program in any field that relevant for the development of local communities in the Congo.

Place of Study
The study will be taken in Belgium.

Eligibility and Criteria
The primary requirements of this scholarship as follow:

  • The applicant must be a citizen of the DRC who is involved in research projects that are relevant for the development of local communities.
  • The applicant may not possess a long-term residence permit of a country outside the DRC.
  • The applicant should be affiliated as a PhD student or an employee to a university or research institute in the DRC.
  • The applicant holds a Master’s degree, or an equivalent higher education degree, in a field that is relevant for the envisioned doctoral research. S/he must have distinguished her/himself through academic career or exceptional professional achievements. In addition, candidates for the MVF should be admitted to the doctoral programme by the KU Leuven Doctoral School that organizes this programme for the research under concern (please refer to the Doctoral Schools). In the present call, the MVF gives priority to research projects in the domains of health care, agriculture and natural resources, education, justice, leadership or governance. The research should be relevant to local development and offer application possibilities from which society as a whole will benefit. Pre-doctoral candidates are not admissible for funding by the MVF.
  • Sufficient local support for achieving the research project is essential and, consequently, must be demonstrated. This support must guarantee the feasibility of the research as well as facilitate the publication of the research results in order to be evaluated by peers in the research area.
  • The applicant must conduct the PhD research predominantly in the DRC.

Applicants’ Nationality
Only the citizens of DRC may apply.

Submission Deadline
15 January 2019.

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