Berkeley-Ghent University Research Fellowship

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The partnership between UC Berkeley and Ghent University, Belgium, was established in 2019. Both universities are now intensifying their collaboration, and Ghent University is pleased to announce the recently signed agreement for two yearly scholarships for UC Berkeley graduate students wishing to do research at Ghent University.

Ghent University was founded in 1817. As a top 100 university with more than 49,000 students and 15,000 staff members, it is one of the largest universities in the Dutch language area, located in Flanders, Belgium. The Ghent University Global Campus was also the first European university in Songdo, South Korea. 11 Schools offer more than 200 courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. Several of the research groups, centres and institutes are renowned worldwide, particularly in disciplines such as biotechnology, veterinary, aquaculture, microelectronics, and history... Over the past 200 years, Ghent University has seen many eminent scientists, policy makers, and Nobel Prize winners among its staff and alumni.

This grant can be combined with other IES grants/fellowships.

PLEASE NOTE: Grant recipients are expected to complete their research stay in residence at the designated partner university during the calendar year they applied for (not the end of the school year).

Award amount: The fellowship offered by Ghent University is $1000 per month for up to 3 months and will be paid upon arrival in Ghent.

Eligibility: UC Berkeley graduate students from all fields can apply. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate in their application that they already have a faculty supervisor/contact at Ghent University. 

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. A one-page cover letter
  2. A 100-word (maximum) abstract of your research
  3. A research statement (max. 3 pages)
  4. One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member; this letter should be sent to
  5. One short confirmation letter or e-mail from your research supervisor at Ghent University, indicating the duration of your stay
  6. A short CV

Deadline: March 1

For more information about Ghent University, please contact Elise Meerburg:

For additional information on this fellowship opportunity, please contact