Grants awarded by the Scientific Research Fund (FRS – FNRS) – Doctorate

Doctoral grants are awarded by the Scientific Research Fund for the preparation and presentation of a doctoral thesis.

The grants are for two years, renewable once (maximum duration of 48 months).

The applicant must submit their application no later than three years after obtaining the last Master’s or Complementary Master’s degree.

If your Master’s degree is not issued by a University of the French Community of Belgium, you must obtain the recognition of its equivalence to a Belgian diploma in order to be able to apply.

Attention: the application file must be validated by a thesis supervisor (tutor).

Eligible scientific fields: all fields.

Deadline for the submission of the application: this is an annual call for applications, the deadline for the submission of the application is around January-February for a course starting in October.

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Wallonia-Brussels International excellence grants (Doctorate and Post-doctorate)

Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) is a public authority entrusted with the international relations of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

In a context of greater mobility and globalisation, for several years now WBI has been running a programme of excellence grants that makes it possible to receive foreign graduates and researchers in universities of Wallonia and Brussels.

This scholarship IN. WBI program is intended to foreign nationals who have graduated from a foreign institution of higher education at master level II or equivalent training or with the title of doctor or researchers.

The types of grants are:

• doctoral grants of a minimum duration of 1 year, renewable no more than three times and postdoctoral level grants renewable once;

• short-term research grants of a duration of 1 to 3 months.

All the necessary information and application forms are available on the site



Lista completa e selecionada das bolsas destinadas aos estudantes brasileiros.

European Union Erasmus Mundus grants – Master’s and Doctorate

This program, funded by the European Union, sets out to enhance and improve the quality of European higher education by encouraging academic cooperation and exchanges worldwide.

The program is broken down into three actions:

Action 1 Joint Master’s and Doctorates;
Action 2 Partnerships between European and non-European higher education establishments;
Action 3 Projects to promote European Higher Education.

Action 1 – the Erasmus Mundus Master’s and doctorates are joint programs leading to the conferral of joint, double or multiple degrees that are officially recognised.

Study grants are only awarded for Master’s degrees and doctorates selected under Erasmus Mundus.

The Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s and Doctorate programs mainly target two categories of students who must apply according to different procedures and timetables:

The 1st category includes students from countries defined in the Erasmus Mundus program as « third countries », namely all the countries of the world with the exception of the Member States of the enlarged European Area and that are neither resident or have not exercised their main activity (studies, employment, etc.) for more than 12 months in total over the past five years in one of these 27 Member States of the EU. They will be eligible to apply for a type A Erasmus Mundus grant.

The 2nd category includes students who are nationals of the Enlarged European Area, or non-European students who have spent a significant part of their studies or professional activities in one of the Member States of the EU mentioned above, for a period of over 12 consecutive months during the last five years. These students can apply for a B type grant.
Those interested in an Erasmus Mundus grant must apply directly to the consortium that awards the Erasmus Mundus Master’s or Doctorate and undergo a selection process organised by the partners involved.
Each consortium defines its own criteria for the selection of the applicants.
To find out more, contact the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus consortium that proposes a joint Master’s or Doctorate.

Useful links:

Site of the European Commission:

Site of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency responsible for the management of the Erasmus Mundus program:

AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) grants: internship, Master’s, Doctorate, Post-doctorate

Several types of grants are offered to foster the mobility of students, researchers and teachers: Master’s grants, professional internship grants, cultural internship grants, doctoral grants and research specialisation grants (post doctoral), research specialisation grants (excluding post-doctorate), training specialisation grants, support and teaching missions, and network mobilities, etc.

Interested persons must be properly registered in a higher education establishment that is a member of the AUF (Agency Universitaire de la Francophonie).

For more information about the timetable and selection criteria, consult the website of the AUF regional office closest to your host establishment.

Useful links:

Website of the AUF:

List of the regional offices:

The higher education establishments that are members of the AUF:

Grants awarded by international organisations

International organisations (UNESCO, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the ILO …) award funding, mostly for doctoral studies in precise fields or research travel grants.

To find out more, consult their websites.

Useful links:

List of the United Nations bodies:

International UNESCO - L’ORÉAL grants for young women studying Life Sciences - Doctorate

The UNESCO - L'OREAL international grants are designed to promote the participation of young women from all over the world in the advances of research in the field of life sciences.
This programme sets out to identify and reward fifteen young people whose work relates to life sciences. To ensure a balanced geographical representation of the five geocultural regions of the world, three young women at the most, stemming from each of the five regions, can benefit from these grants.

Useful links:

UNESCO website:

Other UNESCO grants:

Grants awarded by the Belgian Development Agency – Master’s and Doctorate

Study grants are awarded by the Belgian Development Agency to nationals of partner countries.

Study grants: mainly awarded to finance Master’s courses. As a general rule, the duration of these grants is 1 or 2 academic years.

Doctoral grants: mainly concern students preparing a doctorate. This type of grants covers a 16-month stay that the grant student can spend in Belgium to conduct research work.

Grants to cover internships or study trips are mainly awarded to experts active within the framework of cooperation services.

To find out more, consult the website of the Belgian Development Agency:

Grants awarded by the applicant’s country of origin (all levels of study)

In order to fund your planned studies in the Community Wallonia-Brussels, it is possible that subsidies may be granted by the government or a national body of your country of origin.

Find out more from your home institution.

Grants from your host higher education institution

Higher education institutions propose different financial subsidies to students: grants, help with tuition fees, accommodation grants, etc. Students who think they may need financial support during their academic stay in Wallonia-Brussels should contact the Student social services set up within the establishments.

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