ARES Belgian Government Masters and Training Scholarships 2018/2019 for study in Belgium

Application Deadline: 8th of FEBRUARY 2018

Within the framework of the Belgian policy for development cooperation, the Minister for Development Cooperation and the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation entrust the Belgian Higher Education Institutions with the preparation of Postgraduate Programmes (Advanced Masters) and Training Programmes that are specifically oriented towards young professionals from developing countries.

International Courses and Training Programmes are part of the global study programmes of the Higher Education Institutions. They are open to all students who satisfy the conditions of qualification, but aim at proposing training units that distinguish themselves by their openness towards specific development issues.

Each year, the Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES) grants an average of 150 fellowships in the framework of the Masters and 70 fellowships in the framework of the internships to the nationals of the countries of the South.

ARES masters and Specialization courses offer you the opportunity to follow a master of one year or a refresher course between 4 and 6 months in an institution of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium.


The following will apply for the selection of holders of scholarships:

  1. Originally from a developing country.
  2. To be eligible, applicants must reside and work in their own country at the time of filing;
  3. Only nationals of the following countries are eligible to apply for scholarships ARES: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia (only for courses in English ), Haiti, Madagascar, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam ;
  4. Either under the age of 40 for courses and under 45 for training periods at the start of training;
  5. Either holds a diploma comparable to a diploma of the second cycle of Belgian university education. However, for certain types of training, different requirements may be set out.
  6. Demonstrates a professional occupation in a developing country of at least two years after completing his / her second cycle or three years after the end of his / her studies when the candidate holds a post-graduate diploma a university in an industrialized country;
  7. A good knowledge of written and spoken French. For courses organized in another language, it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the language of the course, written and spoken. The candidate will also be asked to commit to learning French in order to participate in everyday life in Belgium;
  8. Apply for a single training

Selection Criteria: 

  • The academic curriculum
  • For courses, priority will be given to candidates who are already holders of a diploma third cycle, save in exceptional circumstances duly justified in the application.
  • Priority will be given to candidates who have not already received a grant in Belgium.
  • Professional experience
  • Belonging to a partner institution: The commitment of the candidate in development activities
  • Nationality requirements
  • Gender equality
  • The future reintegration prospects



  • Travel (internal and external), Monthly living allowance, Indirect mission costs, Installation costs, Tuition fees, Registration fee, Insurance costs, Housing allowance, Allowances for dependents,Return fees, In 1st session completion bonus (June).

How to apply

  • Applying for a ARES scholarship is absolutely free of charge.
  • ARES does not charge any fee at any stage of the application or selection process.
  • You may raise any question or concern about persons or companies claiming to be acting on behalf of ARES and requesting the payment of a fee by emailing at
  • Download the application form 2018-2019 in English (for the specialized masters in English).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ARES Belgian Government Masters and Training Scholarships 2018/2019


  1. I read through ARES scholarship eligibility and was very satisfied with crystal clear information I got. I am a bilingual Cameroon,English being my first language making me eligible to study in Belgium. I had loved to do a Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy at Leuven university. I therefore have to seek for scholarship.
    My regards.

  2. Hello ARES,
    The scholarship information I read on your page was very clear. I wish to know if I could apply for 2017/2018 acedemic year.
    My regards.


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