Scholarships to study at ITM
The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) can provide financial support to study in specific courses or programmes, through scholarships or (sponsored) waivers, to the following students:
- Students from the European Economic Area (EEA)
Students who are citizen of and actually living in a EEA country. This concerns a partial waiver of tuition fees for a master programme or specialised short courses
- Students from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC)
Students who are both citizen of and actually living in a LMIC. This can be a partial or full scholarship for master, PhD programmes or specialised short courses.
Important: Partial tuition fee waivers or scholarships can only be awarded after academic admission. Academic admission, although a prerequisite, is no guarantee for a scholarship or waiver.
Which scholarships exist?
ITM offers scholarships with the financial support of different agencies. The Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGD) is the main scholarship sponsor. ITM offers scholarships for master programmes and most short courses. Information on the availability (yes or no) of scholarships for a specific course is available on the course description page.
Who can apply for a DGD scholarship?
Those who are a citizen from, and are actually living in, a low- or middle-income country as defined in the OECD-DAC list can apply for a scholarship sponsored by the Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGD). These candidates can only apply if they are less than 46 years old at the end of the course or at graduation.
- Candidates with an second citizenship from a high income country (e.g. through a double nationality) or candidates who are employed in a high income country or have been for more than one year in the preceding three years, are not eligible for a DGD scholarship.
- A majority of scholarships, but not all, will be awarded to nationals from the countries defined as priority countries by the Belgian Directorate for Development Cooperation (see list below).
The DGD country list includes:
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.
What is included in a DGD scholarship?
DGD scholarships cover travel, tuition, insurances and livelihood. This applies to both master programme and short course scholarships. A limited number of scholarships is available to follow courses or course components (modules) outside ITM in part-time study tracks, in the framework of credit mobility, or at partner institutions within the framework of a joint programme.
How do you apply for a DGD scholarship?
As stated higher, scholarships can only be awarded to candidates who fulfil all academic admission criteria, including the course language proficiency check.
Note: the language proficiency requirement for English, as stated in the course descriptions, is a TOEFL 580 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (internet-based), IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (ITM TOEFL Code = 7727).
During the online application process applicants can download a DGD scholarship application form. ITM only accepts scholarship applications as part of a course application file.
ITM and DGD will jointly award the available scholarships among the academically highest ranked candidates. Beyond the eligibility criteria for a scholarship (nationality, home address/domicile and age), additional relative selection criteria (as defined by DGD) apply:
- Employment characteristics and or prospects, as per declaration of an employer:
- Likely professional (re-)integration after following the course
- Employment in a context where the learnings can be readily applied
- Preferably employment in a research institute, a higher education institution, the public sector, the social economy, a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or in a non-governmental organisation
- Personal motivation
- Gender: at equal qualification, preference for female scholarship candidates
- Preferably not have been awarded a DGD scholarship in the past and not yet have studied in a high-income country
Are there other scholarship sponsors?
ITM is a preferred partner for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP).
If you have been accepted (through an academic admission letter) in an full-time master track at ITM and your home country is assisted by the World Bank, you can apply for a scholarship from the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.
We encourage applicants to also explore opportunities for financial support through their employers, national scholarship agencies for studies abroad, or private sponsors.
Do partial waivers for EEA students exist?
The ITM Social Fund can offer partial tuition fee waivers to candidates from the European Economic Area. The waiver can amount to maximum 80% of tuition fees. These waivers however do not apply to postgraduate certificate courses, only to master programmes and specialised short courses. After academic admission to a master programme or specialised short course the involved secretariat can inform EEA applicants about the waiver application procedure.
Do DGD scholarships for doctoral candidates from LMICs exist?
Each year, three PhD scholarships can be awarded to ITM alumni who are admitted to the ITM doctoral (PhD) programme. Academically admitted PhD candidates have to comply to DGD eligibility criteria (nationality, home address/domicile and age) before a DGD PhD-scholarship can be awarded. A PhD scholarship can provide financial support for up to four years (48 months) doctoral training.