Scholarships to study at ITM

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) provides a number of scholarships for  master and PhD programmes and for short specialized courses to:

  • Students belonging to European Union member countries (and occasionally, non-EU students) – these are partial scholarships
  • Students from low- and middle-income countries (see below) – these are partial or full scholarships.

Important: Would you like to study a course at the ITM? Then you’ll need academic approval. But please note that academic admission is no guarantee for a scholarship!

On this page, you’ll find answers to the following questions:

  • Is there a scholarship for the course that I plan to study?
  • How does my scholarship request progress?
  • Which scholarships does the ITM offer?

Is there a scholarship for your course?

ITM offers its scholarships with the financial support of different agencies. The Belgian Directorate General for Development is the main sponsor. ITM offers scholarships for the master programmes and most short courses. Note that for postgraduate certificate courses there are no scholarships. Information on the availability (yes or no) of fellowships for the course is available on the course description pages.

How do you apply for a scholarship?

Follow these steps to apply for a scholarship:

  • Always start by checking the criteria for admission as explained in the course description.
  • During the application process, after an eligibility check, you will be offered the possibility to upload a scholarship request form. This form is thus an integral part of your application file.
  • ITM will not accept scholarship requests separate from the application file or at any later moment.

Do you have any questions about medical and health education at the ITM? Don’t hesitate to ask us.

What types of scholarships does ITM offer?

ITM offers scholarships to EU students and candidates from developing countries. Below, you’ll also find information about the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program. Consult our section on doctoral training for details about  PhD scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships for EU students

The ITM Social Fund can offer partial scholarships to candidates from the European Union. The scholarships can cover up to 80 percent of registration and tuition fees. When the available funds allows it, non-EU students can also be considered for a partial scholarship.

DGD scholarships for candidates from developing countries

ITM offers scholarships to candidates from low- and middle-income countries. This is made possible by the financial support from the Belgian Directorate General for Development . DGD offers full or partial scholarships. You can apply for a DGD scholarship if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are enrolling for a master's degree or a short course. First check whether there is a scholarship offered for the short course.
  • You’re less than 46 years old at the time of enrolment.
  • You are a national of one of the following countries:
    Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Palestine, Philippines, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
  • A very limited number of scholarships can be awarded to nationals of any developing country.

Scholarships via the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Would you like to pursue your master’s degree at ITM and is your home country assisted by the World Bank? Then you are eligible for a scholarship via the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). ITM is a preferred partner of the JJ/WBGSP.

DGD scholarships for doctoral candidates from low and middle income countries

Each year, three PhD scholarships are awarded to ITM alumni who are admitted to the doctoral (PhD) programme.

Scholarships for doctoral candidates from any country

Through ITM, doctoral candidates in global health can have access to PhD fellowships sponsored by the EU.

Maybe you have questions about your scholarship. Feel free to ask us.