For all international students


Type of grant

Research grant



Sectors and fields of study

Primary focus areas: Transport and logistics, Mechanical engineering, Life sciences, Agriculture and bioscience engineering, Aerospace, Environmental technologies.

Other fields will be taken into account : Health (Biomedicine and pharmacy, Motor sciences, Public health, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary sciences) ; Science and technology (Architecture and town and country planning, Science, Agriculture and bioscience engineering, Engineering and technology) ; Social and human sciences (Criminology, History, art history and archaeology, Information and communication, Languages, literatures and translation studies, Philosophy, Economics and management, Law, Political and social sciences, Psychology and education, Theology); Art (Performing arts and communication and broadcasting technology, Plastic, visual and spatial arts, Music, Theatre and dramatic arts).

Programme description

The Wallonia-Brussels International Excellence Grants Programme (IN WBI) enables the Universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to receive foreign researchers for postdoctoral studies or postdoctoral research programmes.

Type of programme:

  • Long-term scholarships (minimum 1 year, renewable once) at postdoctoral level.
  • Short-term scholarships (1 to 3 months, non-renewable) at postdoctoral level.


Researchers from any country with a degree of doctor by a given foreign university wishing to carry out a postdoctoral program in higher education institutions organised or subsidised by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

It should be noted that you are allowed to submit a file even if you are in an active term and the doctorate certification is not yet in your possession. In this case, it will be necessary to send proof of achievement at the latest on :

For long-term scholarships (stay between september and august): 15th of july ;

For short-term scholarships :

  • for stay between march and july: 1st of december
  • for stay between september and february : 1st of july.


Long-term scholarships (minimum 1 year, renewable once) at postdoctoral level.

Short-term scholarships (1 to 3 months, non-renewable) at postdoctoral level.

Application deadlines

For long-term scholarships :

No later than the 1st of february (UTC/GMT +1) preceding the academic year during which the stay is requested (with arrival between september and 1st of december at the latest for EU laureates and between November and no later than 1 December for non-EU laureates).

For short-term scholarships :

  • for stay between march and july  : no later than the preceding 1st of october(UTC/GMT +2)
  • for stay between september and february (arrival 1st of december at the latest): no later than the preceding 1st of avril (UTC/GMT +2).

Submitting applications

The form must be typed and sent by e-mail in one single PDF file (maximum 10 MB) to


WBI selects candidates in collaboration with all the scientific, academic and institutional partners involved in the program.

The jury is composed of members : 

  • from the Fund for Scientific Research - FRS-FNRS ;
  • from the Directorate-General for “Economic Affairs, Employment and Research” of the Walloon Public Service (DG06) ;
  • from WBI.

These base their decision on, but are not limited to, the following criteria when making their selection :

  • Area related to the Marshall Plan 4.0 competitiveness clusters ;
  • Letters of recommendation attached to the form ;
  • Academic references ;
  • Interest in the field of research for our universities, research centres ;
  • Scientific publications ;
  • The added value of the envisaged mobility ;
  • Professional career.

These criteria make it possible to set out classifications in three A-B-C categories. Only those applications which have been graded A by at least one of the members of the jury will be selectable. 

It should be noted that sub-categories (A- and A+) are part of category A.

In principle, the decision will be taken at the latest :

For long-term scholarships : no later than the 1st of june.

For long-term scholarships :

  • for stays starting between march and july  : by the  30 of december;
  • for stays starting between september and february : by the  1st of july

Financial arrangements

  • Monthly amount 2.120 euros covering living expenses, accommodation, educational materials and travel expenses within the country. It’snt a salary ;
  • WBI will cover international travel costs (one round trip for the total duration of the program) ;
  • WBI covers "healthcare" insurance for non-EU fellows ;
  • WBI takes responsibility for “repatriation assistance” insurance

Grant funded by

Wallonia-Brussels International -

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Renewal procedure (applies only to long-term scholarships)

The maximum duration of WBI funding is 2 years for a post-doctorate including one renewal.

To the extent that nothing is automatically established, it will be the responsibility of the awarded fellow wishing to renew their funding to submit, every year by the 1st of avril at the latest, an application for renewal (form to be requested from your manager) to be examined by the jury.

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