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Type of grant

Research grant



Sectors and fields of study

Philosophy, Theology, Language and Literature, and Translation Studies, History, Art History and Archaeology, Art of Building and Urban Planning, Information and communication, Political and social Sciences, Juridical Sciences, Criminology, Economical and management Sciences, Psychology and Educational Sciences (except biomedical discipline in the broad sense and the likes), Arts and Sciences, Tourism, Public Health Sciences, Human or Social Sciences, Geographic Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Management. 


Programme description

The FRESH Fund supports basic research projects whose outcomes are likely to improve the understanding or functioning of one sector in the society in the short-medium term at a local, regional, national or international level, from many perspectives such as culture, economy, politics, sociology and psychosociology.


The granting of FRESH grants is intended for the completion of the Ph.D. within 4 years.

Ph.D. researchers can be granted successively with a grant twice maximum. The duration of the 1st Grant is 27 months. The duration of the 2nd Grant is 21 months.

Financial terms

Grant amounts are determined once a year by the Management Committee of the FRESH, within the limit of the budget of the French-speaking Community of Belgium.

The amount of the grant is mentioned on the F.R.S.-FNRS website.

Grant funded by

F.R.S.-FNRS, National Fund for Scientific Research.

Eligibility criteria

Nationality.ies – Profile

FRESH grants are strictly restricted to graduates with an academic education who aim to carry out fundamental research projects with significant societal impact, using tools provided by human and social sciences. For this purpose, they shall pursue their studies leading to a Ph.D. in a university of Frenchs-peaking Belgium under the supervision of a promoter and a postdoctoral co-promoter.

Level of study required

Master’s degree.

Application process

How to apply

The call for FRESH applications is opened once a year and is published on the F.R.S.-FNRS website.

The application for a 1st Grant can be submitted in French or in English. It must only be submitted through the e-space online platform dedicated to the calls for proposals.

Applicants to a 2nd Grant are given access to the electronic form by the FRESH on e-space.

Both 1st and 2nd Grant applications are submitted to a procedure including three successive electronic validations on the dates that will be indicated when the call is published:

  • The validation by the applicant
  • The validation by the promoter selected
  • The validation by the research administration

Call and rules

Contact – Find out more

For Brazilian and Mexican citizens:

Marie-Christine Fraselle - - +32 2 504 92 20