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ARES Belgian Government Masters and Continue Education Scholarships 2024/2025

Study in Belgium; apply for ongoing ARES Belgian Government Masters and Continue Education Scholarships 2024/2025 Programme via online – registration form link portal is open for interested applicants to apply and register online.

Are you a national of an ARES partner country? Do you have a higher education degree? Do you have professional experience and would you like to deepen your skills in a development-related topic?

The ARES scholarships offer you the opportunity to follow a one-year advanced bachelor’s or master’s degree program or a 2-to-6-month continuing education program within a higher education institution of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in Belgium.

Please note: The application procedure is online via the GIRAF platform. Do not send any personal data (passport photos, copies of diplomas, etc.) by e-mail. If you receive such a request by e-mail, it is probably a phishing attempt.

Which training courses are available

Within the framework of the ARES 2022-2027 cooperation program, three types of training are offered through the international training scholarships:

  • Advanced bachelor’s and master’s degrees are inter-institutional training programmes organised in one academic year and at the end of which an academic degree is awarded.
  • Continuing education programs are more practical and of shorter duration (2 to 6 months). They deliver a certificate.

Applications for scholarships must be submitted in accordance with the application procedure and meet the eligibility criteria described below. The selection of scholarship holders is made by a selection panel for each training course after analysis of their administrative admissibility by ARES.

All applications received between the first and last day of the call will be treated equally. ARES encourages applications from women. For equal quality, women will be given preference.

Eligibility for ARES Belgian Government Masters and Continue Education Scholarships 2024/2025

In order to be eligible, the applicant must:

  1. Be national, reside and work in one of the following countries: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
  2. Hold a diploma comparable to a graduate level degree (300 credits ECTS) from Belgian university studies for advanced masters and countinuing education courses (equivalent to Bac+5); Hold a diploma comparable to a undergraduate level degree (180 credits ECTS) for advanced bachelors (equivalent to Bac+3). The candidate must have held the relevant academic degree for a maximum of 20 years at the time of the start of the course. This maximum period is increased by one year by childbirth and/or adoption.
  3. Possess relevant professional experiencein a ARES partner country of at least two years after graduate studies for advanced bachelors, after postgraduate studies for advanced masters and countinuing education courses.
  4. Complete the application in the language in which the training is given and can attest a good written and spoken knowledge of it. Moreover, knowing a minimum of French allows for a good integration into daily life in Belgium.
  5. Apply for only one training course.

Please note that compliance with the admissibility criteria does not guarantee selection and eligibility for the course (see Selection Criteria).

Applicants should not obtain prior admission to one of the French-speaking institution in Belgium in order to be considered for ARES scholarship.

Application files will not be considered if they:

  • are not completed in their entirety and are not accompanied by the required documents (certified copy of the diploma, etc.). A certified copy is a copy of the document on which it is stated that it is “a true copy of the original” with the stamp and signature of the competent authority (notary, town hall, municipal administration, etc.) ;
  • do not clearly mention compliance with the admissibility criteria specified above (certified copy of diploma, professional experience, etc.).

List of documents required for the application to be valid:

  • 2 letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional);
  • Certified copies of the original diplomas;
  • Certified copies of the original transcripts for all years;
  • Proof of occupation for the last 5 years;
  • Certificate of nationality or copy of passport;
  • Pre-project (for certain courses – see the admission conditions specific to the courses).

How to apply for ARES Belgian Government Masters and Continue Education Scholarships 2024/2025

The call for applications for the academic year 2024-2025 is now open

Want to apply? The application procedure is ONLY online via the GIRAF platform

Application form closing date for ARES Belgian Government Masters and Continue Education Scholarships 2024/2025

Opening: 15 September 2023.

Deadline: 17 November 2023 at 12pm

Applying for an ARES scholarship is completely free. ARES does not charge fees at any stage of the application nor selection process. You may inform us via e-mail at scholarships-cooperation@ares-ac.be of any problems with individuals or companies claiming to represent ARES and request any payment.

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