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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme

General information on this scholarship

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme

General Description

The Interfaculty Council for Development Co-operation (IRO) Doctoral Scholarships offer annual scholarships to postgraduate students of merit from developing countries to pursue their PhD in KU Leuven. This scholarship has supported more than 100 students in the past 10 years. The scholarship provides a fee waiver, travelling expenses for the family, a one-time installation allowance and a monthly stipend ranging from € 1,000 (pre-doctoral) to € 1,415 (post doctoral), plus a monthly allowance of €200 as well as social security coverage.


Applicants must be a national of one of the countries defined by the OEDC as “Least Developed Countries”, “Low Income Countries” or “Low Middle Income Countries”. Applicants who also have dual citizenship of one of the EU countries are not eligible. Applicants must have obtained their Master’s degree within 10 years prior to the application. Applicants should be academically accomplished and have an outstanding research project and excellent recommendations.

Application deadlines

The following deadlines apply: