Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2012 Belgian Bilateral Scholarship for Vietnam


Within the framework of its cooperation programme with Vietnam, the government of Belgium wishes to support the government of Vietnam in its efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. The Belgian Bilateral Scholarships (BBS) constitute an important component of this cooperation programme, which aims to contribute to the long-term growth and stability of Vietnam.

Belgian Bilateral Scholarships, granted through the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGD) under the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, enable young professionals from Vietnam to pursue Master studies in Belgium and gain new expertise for the benefit of their country. The programme is managed and implemented by the Belgian Embassy in Hanoi and the Belgian Development Agency (BTC).

Quantity and type of scholarships within the framework of the Programme

There will be 40 full scholarships for Master studies available for the academic year 2012-2013.

The scholarship will cover a return ticket to Belgium, all tuition fees, basic health insurance and a monthly stipend and allowances.

Who can apply

Candidates from all provinces and regions of Vietnam, from public institutions, civil society, NGOs and the private sector are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have good academic records and relevant working experience with the desired studies.

Candidates should show potential to contribute to the development of Vietnam.

Women and candidates coming from remote areas are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

· Be citizen of Vietnam and residing in Vietnam

· Not have citizenship or permanent resident status of Belgium or any other developed countries on OECD list;

· Not be married or engaged to a person holding or eligible to hold Belgian citizenship;

· Not be older than 35 years at the submission of the application;

· Hold a full-time official university degree;

· Have minimum 02 full years of working experience (after undergraduate study up to December 2011). The experience must be relevant to the selected Master study;

· Be fluent in English or in French. Minimum requirements by the Programme are:

- for French: at least TCF 350 or DELF B1;

- for English: IELTS score of at least 6.5 or 550 TOEFL pBT or 79 TOEFL iBT. Institutional TOEFL will NOT be accepted.


- Candidates are strongly advised to contact the chosen university for confirmation on the availability of the course in the academic year 2012-2013 and the language of instruction before the submission of their application.

- Candidates must possess a high level of English or French proficiency in order to enable them to cope with post-graduate study in Belgium. Candidates are therefore strongly advised to contact directly Belgian universities for specific language requirements of different study programmes. In case the chosen universities or study programmes require higher score than the requirement of BBS, applicants must comply with it before submitting their applications.

- Applicants are not obliged to have a letter of admission from a Belgian university for the academic year 2012-2013 before submission of application and/or interviews. However, holding such a letter of admission will be an advantage.

- GRE/GMAT is required by some universities for courses in Economics, Finance or Natural Sciences. Please check this requirement directly with the university you want to apply for before submitting an application to the Embassy.

What eligible universities and courses can candidates apply for?

Scholarships are awarded for Master studies which could be taught either in French or in English in Belgian universities.

N.B: Courses in international colleges located in Belgium are not eligible for Belgian Bilateral Scholarships.

Master studies in Belgium normally take 1 or 2 years, depending on the selected course and/or university. It is up to applicants to check on the website of the universities and to make their choice among available Master courses.Applicants can apply for only one course at one university.

Within the framework of the Belgian Bilateral Scholarship Programme, the fields of study are not restricted but priority is given to the areas of intervention of the Belgian development cooperation in Vietnam, notably: water and sanitation management, climate change, urbanization, engineering, and governance.

The following websites will enable candidates to find more detailed information on the Belgian universities: and

Application procedure


CAN BE SUBMITTED FROM 15/09/2011 TO 12/12/2011

1. Application form

The application form should be filled in clearly and completely either in English or French, preferably typewritten and duly signed by candidates. Incomplete files or files missing any of the documents listed under Section 12 shall be rejected.

Section 1 - Personal Information: this section inquires about personal details. Please note that the scholarship funds the costs for the awardee only. If candidates wish to take any member of their family to Belgium, they will have to bear the cost themselves.

Section 2 - Postal address: as the information in this section will help us to contact applicants, sufficient and clear information is very important to ensure that all applicants are well informed of their application results.

Section 3 - Proficiency in foreign language: the language proficiency test results must be valid until at least 30/06/2012. For those who took the test recently and are waiting for the result, please indicate the date of the test as well as the expected date for the result. Please note that the supplementary document will only be accepted until 13/01/2012.

Section 8 - Request for scholarship: Applicants should fill in the precise title of the course, duration and the university.Each applicant can choose only one course at one university. For further information, applicants can visit the website of the university or contact directly the course coordinator via email for confirmation of the course availability as well as the language of instruction.

Section 9 – Statement of Motivation and Future Plan: this section aims to understand the rationale for the selection of the study as well as the future plans of candidates upon their return to Vietnam. This is particularly important; therefore, applicants should write this part convincingly and coherently. The text should not exceed 400 words (or 4,000 characters).

If some useful information concerning the application cannot be covered in the text under Section 9, applicants could continue in the Section 10.

2. Documents that should accompany the application form

All documents in Vietnamese must be a legalised true copy, with certified translation in English or French

· A copy of birth certificate.

· Copies of University / Master degrees.

· Copies of academic (University / Master) transcripts.

· Copies of the international language certificates or the notice of the result.

· A short explanation about the grading system of Vietnam (This document will assist the Belgian universities to better understand the meaning of the grading system in Vietnam, and therefore enable them to assess the qualifications of applicants through academic transcripts).

· Two letters of recommendation either professional or academic with contact details of the referees.

· Authorization letter of the current employer (see Template in Annex 1 of the Application Form).

· A Curriculum Vitae.

· A self-addressed envelope, where candidate wishes to receive the letter informing of the result of application.

3. Submission and Deadline

01 original and 03 copies of the Application File (application form & annexes) are to be sent in a sealed envelope marked “Application for 2012/13 Belgian Bilateral Scholarships”.

Submission deadline: before 17h00, Monday 12th December 2011.

Address: Development Cooperation Division, Embassy of Belgium, 9/F Hanoi Towers - 49 Hai Ba Trung street,Hanoi.

Applications sent by mail will be checked based on the date of the post stamp. Applications sent by fax/email are not accepted.

Selection procedure and process

The Belgian Embassy will screen application files and draw up a shortlist of candidates. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in Hanoi, in Hue and in Ho Chi Minh City. Candidates must ensure that they are available for the interview during this period.

Only the application files of the candidates who passed the interview will be sent to the Belgian universities for an assessment and issuing of admission letters. Scholarships will be awarded only when a letter of admission issued by the chosen university is available.


Besides the criteria to assess the applicants’ qualification and motivation, the Selection Committee will also take into consideration the geographical, sectoral and institutional balance before making a final decision on awarding the scholarships.

Indicative Timeline

12/12/2011 Deadline for submission of applications

Mid January 2012 Invitation for interview to shortlisted candidates

February 2012 Interviews

End of March 2012 Inform result of interviews and of application to all applicants (by the Belgian Embassy)

July - Aug 2012 Award scholarships (by BTC)

Further Information

For all questions related to the Belgian Bilateral Scholarship Programme, please contact the following persons at the Belgian Embassy in Hanoi:

Mrs. Ngo Thu Huong

Attaché-adjoint (Development Cooperation)

In charge of the BBS Programme


Mrs. Ho Phuong Loan

Programme Assistant

Useful Websites

Belgian Embassy in Vietnam >> Services >> Cooperation >> Scholarships

Study in Flanders Secretariat

University Cooperation for Development, Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS)

Commission Universitaire pour le Développement – Conseil interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique (CIUF-CUD)

Website with practical information for students

Website of the national fund for scientific research

Website with an overview of higher education in Flanders, Belgium

Website with information of higher education of the French Community of Belgium

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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