BOF Doctoral Scholarships

UNU-CRIS is pleased to announce that Ghent University, one of its strategic partners, has launched this year’s call for two PhD Scholarships for research at UNU-CRIS

The scholarships are initially awarded for 2 years. After an intermediate evaluation, a second term of maximum 2 years can be granted. The aim is to obtain a doctoral degree within a time span of 4 years. Please note, these scholarships are very competitive and only people who have outstanding proposals and excellent study results will be considered.

UNU-CRIS welcomes in particular proposals that fit one of its research programs, but other proposals that relate to the UN and its goals may also be considered.


Application Deadline

2 May 2019 (23.59 Belgian time)

Start date

1 October 2019



The amount of the scholarship is approximately € 2.150 per month, depending on the family status of the scholar. Based on the advice of the Research Council, a bench fee of € 7.440 (€ 310/month) will be awarded to the supervisor per term of 2 years.


Eligibility requirements

  • By the start of the fellowship, candidates must hold a master's degree from a university in one of the countries of the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
  • The master’s degree must have been obtained not earlier than 3 years before the closing date of the call.
  • Only for candidates with excellent study results visible in their academic transcripts.
  • Only for candidates with an excellent command of the English language demonstrated through a writing sample.
  • No restrictions on nationality or age.

Further information can be found at:


A statement by Prof. Madeleine Hosli, Director of UNU-CRIS, should be added to the application form, in which she supports your application. Prof. Madeleine Hosli can be contacted by email via Management Assistant Pascale Vantorre (, with the UNU-CRIS Policy and Communications Officer, Andrew Dunn (, in CC.


If you have any additional questions related to the application process please contact Rory Johnson (