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SofinaBoël Fellowships 2023 Grants for research and/or training stay abroad

Thanks to the patronage of the SofinaBoël Fund for Education and Talent, the FNRS and the FWO will grant the SofinaBoël Fellowships to talented PhD studentsfor a research and/or training stay abroad.

SofinaBoël Fellowships

  • Fixed allowance of 1.650 €/month. Top-up funding that may be used for accommodation, daily living expenses, expenses related to the research or training undertaken in the course of the Fellowship, and local transportation.
  • Travel costs: a lump sum of 1.000 € covering one economy class return ticket. 

Destination

  • Candidates may go abroad to a host institution of their choice in all countries worldwide except the United States of America (for which another mobility scheme with the BAEF exists).

Eligibility criteria 

  • ​Candidates must be PhD students with a paid affiliation at a Belgian University.
  • Candidates must have obtained a MA or MSc after November 1st, 2018.
  • Candidates must have been affiliated to a Belgian university for at least one full year prior to the submission deadline and be affiliated to a Belgian university for at least the entire duration of the research stay.
  • The stay abroad will last either 6 or 12 months and should fall within the academic year 2023-2024. 

Evaluation criteria

A scientific Jury, appointed by the FNRS and the FWO, will evaluate all applications according to the following evaluation criteria:
  • The candidate's profile.
  • The candidate’s motivation, expressed in a motivation letter.
  • The quality of the host institution.
  • The potential to realise the project described in the application.
  • The project's merits and benefits to the candidate's career
The final decision will be made by the Board of Trustees of the SofinaBoël Fund for Education and Talent, on proposition of the FNRS/FWO Jury’s recommendations.
 

How to apply

Applications, written in English, must be sent electronically to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. on November 14th, 2022 at the latest.

The requested documents are :
  • The application form.
  • A detailled curriculum vitae (including a list of publications).
  • A letter of reference by the applicant’s PhD supervisor.
  • A personal motivation letter.
  • An invitation letter from the foreign host institution.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (with list of publications) of the head of the foreign research group.
The complete regulations are available here
The FAQ with relevant additional information pertaining to the call is available here.