Belgium Government Scholarships for International Students -2024/2025

Good news for all international students who want to study in Belgium. Applications are currently being accepted from international students for the Belgium Government Scholarship, which covers Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The Belgium Government Scholarship offers international students the opportunity to pursue 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.

The scholarship is opened for candidates with higher education degree and professional experience and would like to deepen their skills in a development-related topic.


  • Undergraduate,Postgraduate andShort Courses

Targeted Countries

  • International students


  • Belgium

Eligibility Criteria for the Scholarship

To be eligible for Belgium GovernmentScholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be national, reside and work in one of the these 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 (i) graduate level degree (300 credits ECTS) from Belgian university studies for advanced masters and countinuing education courses (equivalent to Bac+5). (ii) undergraduate level degree (180 credits ECTS) for advanced bachelors (equivalent to Bac+3).
  3. 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.
  4. Possess relevant professional experience in 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Apply for only one training course.


Compliance with the admissibility criteria does not guarantee selection and eligibility for the course.

Application files will not be considered if they:

  1. 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.)
  2. do not clearly mention compliance with the admissibility criteria specified above (certified copy of diploma, professional experience, etc.)

Selection Criteria

The selection is carried out by a deliberative jury organised for each training. The ARES grants the selection panel the right to evaluate the compliance of the applications with the common selection criteria described below. Kindly check the official webpage for full explanation.

  1. Quality of the academic curriculum
  2. Benefit of previous scholarships
  3. Professional experience
  4. Membership in a partner institution
  5. The potential of people to be actors of change in their own society
  6. Nationality criteria
  7. Gender
  8. The ability (personal and professional) to ensure a transfer of the knowledge and skills acquired by the scholarship holders.

Benefits of the Belgium Government Scholarship

The scholarship provides the following benefits to its scholars:

For Bachelor’s or Master’s Programme

  1. International travel costs
  2. Living allowance
  3. Exceptional costs related to visa applications
  4. Registration fees
  5. Insurance costs

For Continuing Education Programme

  1. International travel costs
  2. Living allowance
  3. Indirect mission costs
  4. Insurance costs

How to Apply for the Scholarship

Application for the scholarship is completely done online and submitted via the GIRAF platform. You must first ensure that you have an active GIRAF account. Click here to create GIRAF ACCOUNT.

For further information about the scholarship application process, kindly CLICK HERE to visit the official webpage.

Required Documents

  1. 2 letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional);
  2. Certified copies of the original diplomas;
  3. Certified copies of the original transcripts for all years;
  4. Proof of occupation for the last 5 years;
  5. Certificate of nationality or copy of passport;
  6. Pre-project (for certain courses – see the admission conditions specific to the courses).

Scholarship Deadline

17th November, 2023 at 12pm (Belgian time, UTC+1)