Applications are invited for Fully Funded International Training Programme Scholarships (ITP): International Module in Spatial Development Planning (IMSDP) at the KU Leuven Departments of Architecture and Earth and Environmental Sciences, Belgium.
The International Module in Spatial Development Planning (IMSDP) programme is an intensive three months teaching and research programme for post-graduate students and researchers in urban studies and planning. It is offered by the KU Leuven Departments of Architecture and Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with the research units P&D, OSA and Geography and Tourism and over twenty academic partners.
Although the Corona virus is making the future rather unclear, intent is to organise the IMSDP as before, though probably in a format mixing live and online interactions. We hope to have students in Leuven as much as possible, but quite possibly there will also be online teaching and -tutoring sessions.
Number of Scholarships
VLIR-UOS supports the programme with 12 scholarships for participants from the global South.
We only provide scholarships for the full duration of the training programme. It is not possible to apply for a partial scholarship.
The detailed current amounts and more information on the different allowances can be found in the document ‘Allowances and guidelines for VLIR-UOS scholarships’.
Scholarship amounts can change at any time in line with decisions of the funding government.
Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger.
Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Vietnam.
Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru.
Applicants can only apply for an Fully Funded Fully Funded International Training Programme Scholarships, if they meet the following requirements:
- Nationality and country of residence: A candidate should be both a national and a resident of one of the 31 eligible countries (not necessarily the same country) at the time of the application.
- Relevant professional experience and a support letter: Priority is given to candidates who are employed in academic institutions, research institutes, governments, the social economy or NGOs, or to those who aim to have a career in one of these sectors. The training candidate should have relevant professional experience and a support letter confirming (re)integration in a professional context where the acquired knowledge and skills will be immediately applicable.
- Fungibility with other VLIR-UOS funding: Candidates who are working at a university where we already fund IUC, TEAM or SI projects, can receive an ITP-ICP scholarship if they clearly motivate the reason for their application and if they clarify why the participation at the ICP or ITP programme cannot be funded as part of the IUC, TEAM or SI programme or project funds that already exist.
- Other VLIR-UOS scholarship applications and previously awarded scholarships: A potential candidate can only submit one scholarship application with us per year – irrespective of the scholarship type – and can, therefore, only be selected for one VLIR-UOS scholarship every year. Candidates who already received one of our scholarships to participate in another ITP, will not be eligible. Candidates who already received one of our scholarship to participate in an ICP (or vice versa) can only be selected if the previously attended course is thematically linked to the ITP.
For Fully Funded International Training Programme Scholarships, the candidates should include the following attachments:
- A short motivation letter
- An abstract of their research (1 page)
- Curriculum Vitae
- A reference letter
- Proof of English Proficiency:
- IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 575 (paper based – PBT)/TOEFL 233 (computer based – CBT)/ TOEFL 90 (iBT)
- A certificate attesting that previous education (Bachelor’s and/or Master’s) was conducted in English. This certificate should be issued by the University in which the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s was taught