2016 BELSPO Postdoctoral Fellowships for African Researchers in Belgium

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The new BELSPO postdoctoral fellowship is open for non-EU researchers to work during 6 to 18 months in a Belgian research team. For this call, the list of target countries is limited to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), all the African countries and Vietnam.

Fellowship is aimed at strengthening the bilateral Science & Technology collaborations by creating long-lasting partnerships and networks, in the framework of the European Research Area.

The Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) is contributing to this objective by granting post-doc fellowships to non-EU researchers allowing them to work in a Belgian research team during a given period of time. The ultimate aim is to promote sustainable S&T collaborations between the research institutions and support the research networks.

Although the expected level of command of English may vary depending on the school and, above all, the study program or course, the usual average English language requirement they will be required to have to study in Europe is 550 points (paper-based TOEFL test), or 213 points (computer-based TOEFL test), or 79-80 points (Internet-based TOEFL test), or 5.5 – 6.5 score in the IELTS test. If applicants have not taken either the TOEFL or IELTS tests and they would like to prove their level of knowledge of English with other exams, applicants will need to prove them have a level of command of English corresponding to the B1/B2 level (intermediate) according to the European language passport.

Course Level: Fellowships are available for postdoctoral research programme.

Study Subject: Postdoctoral fellowships are offered in Chemistry, Economic Sciences, Information Science and Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities. Applicants are responsible for the choice of the discipline. The experts in charge of the evaluation of the research project will rise from this choice.

Scholarship Award: The fellowship comprises:
-a net monthly allowance of 2,430 EUR;
-a single payment of 1,500 EUR for the travel expenses from and to the country of origin;
the personal liability insurance costs;
the contribution to the National Office of Social Security (NOSS), as foreseen by Royal Decree of 26.03.2003 in relation to foreign workers (M. B. of 28.04.2003).
Remark: The Royal Decree of 07.01.1989 foresees that fellowships to scientists are free of taxation when paid by the Belgian authorities or institutions such as universities.
-The host institution will, to the account of the Federal Science Policy Office, be responsible for the (monthly) payments of the invited scientists as well as for the subscription of the insurances. The Federal Science Policy Office will reimburse the institution every three months, after having received a debit note with proofs of the expenses.

Scholarship can be taken at: Belgium

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this Fellowship:-
-The candidate wills…
-hold a doctor’s degree at the date of entry the Fellowship,
-hold the doctor’s degree for less than 6 years on January 1st, 2016,
-not have been domiciled in Belgium for more than 12 months during the last 36 months preceding January 1st, 2016,
-not have already benefitted from a Postdoc Fellowship to non-EU researchers funded by BELSPO,
-have the nationality of a target country,
-be associated to research in one of the target countries.
-The target countries:
-For this Call, the list of target countries is limited to
– the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa)
– all the African countries
– Vietnam.
-All applications implying a candidate or a home lab from another country will be dismissed.

Nationality: Applicants from following targeted countries the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa); all the African countries (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Vietnam are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: In order to be eligible applicants must hold a doctor’s degree at the date of entry the Fellowship.

English language/Test Requirements: Although the expected level of command of English may vary depending on the school and, above all, the study program or course, the usual average English language requirement they will be required to have to study in Europe is 550 points (paper-based TOEFL test), or 213 points (computer-based TOEFL test), or 79-80 points (Internet-based TOEFL test), or 5.5 – 6.5 score in the IELTS test. If applicants have not taken either the TOEFL or IELTS tests and they would like to prove their level of knowledge of English with other exams, applicants will need to prove them have a level of command of English corresponding to the B1/B2 level (intermediate) according to the European language passport.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Supporting Material: The application form is introduced both in hard and electronic copy (bernard.delhausse-at-belspo.be) to the Federal Science Policy Office by the Belgian promoter and have to be accompanied by:
-a description of the research project to be performed during the stay;
-a recommendation letter, in English, from the director of the candidate’s home institute confirming the possibility that the fellowship holder will be able to resume his/her activities after his/her stay in Belgium;
-a motivation letter from the Belgian promoter, in English.
-Only complete applications, introduced via the application form 2016, will be taken into consideration. The candidate is free to produce more than one recommendation letter. Each motivation or recommendation letter should be written in English.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent via post and also via e-mail.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2016.

Scholarship Link

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