VLIR-UOS ICP Connect Scholarship for Master Program 2022 (Fully-funded)

VLIR-UOS ICP Connect Scholarship for Master Program 2022 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: Vary by Program

Applications are open for the VLIR-UOS ICP Connect Scholarship for Master Program 2022. ICP Connect study programs are accredited international study programs organised at one or more Flemish universities.

The programs focus on subjects aligned with the Agenda 2030 and SDG principles. VLIR-UOS supports a selection of 15 ICPs and provides an annual intake of 10 new first-year scholarships for each ICP.


  • VLIR-UOS scholarships cover tuition fees, travel, insurance and living expenses (board and lodging). They only offer scholarships for the full duration of the Master’s program (12/24 months). It is not possible to apply for a partial scholarship.


  • Candidates must be nationals of one of the 29 eligible countries and must be a resident of one of these countries (not necessarily the same country) at the time of application.
  • Candidates’ age on January 1 of the year of intake must be no higher than 35 for an initial master and 45 for an advanced master.
  • Preference will be given to candidates employed in higher education, government or civil society, or those targeting a career in one of these sectors. Candidates employed in the private sector or newly graduated candidates with no work experience may also be considered if they provide a strong motivation and profile.
  • Candidates may apply for only one ICP Connect scholarship application per year.
  • Candidates may not have previously received a scholarship from the Belgian government to attend a study program and may not have enrolled in a study program at a Belgian higher education institution before January 1 of the year of intake.

Selection Criteria

Within the ICP Connect framework, scholars are seen as potential agents of change that may contribute to societal change in their home country (or region) after completing their studies. Scholars are selected following an objective evaluation of their scholarship applications based on the following criteria:

  • Motivation: Candidates’ motivation and professional goals must reflect their competence in transferring knowledge/skills or setting up extension activities and highlighting themes relevant to sustainable development and pertinent to the study program. Not only are academic results important, but so are – especially – the potential and commitment of the candidates to become an ‘agent of change’ after completing their studies.
  • Professional experience: Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a greater chance of implementing and/or transferring newly gained knowledge/skills upon completion in a sustainable development context, such as in the higher education sector, government, civil society or the private sector, thereby contributing to positive societal change.
  • Gender balance: A balance between male and female candidates awarded ICP Connect scholarships is targeted. VLIR-UOS strongly encourages female candidates to apply.
  • Regional balance: A reasonable cross-section of scholars from different countries and regions is targeted, provided there are sufficient qualified candidates.
  • Leave No One Behind (LNOB): In case of equally qualified candidates, preference will be given to candidates from vulnerable groups.
  • Previously awarded scholarship: Preference will be given to candidates who have never received a scholarship to study in a higher income country (bachelor or master). 


  • Confirm your eligibility based on all given criteria.
  • Take a look at the selected Master’s programs.
  • Learn more about the Master’s programs on their respective websites.
  • If you are interested in a specific program, go to the website of the university organising this and follow the instructions.
  • On the university website, apply for admission to the program as well as for the scholarship itself. When you apply for the program, be sure to mention whether you wish to apply for a scholarship. Do not apply for more than one Master’s program per year.

For more information, visit ICP Connect Scholarship.