Can I obtain financial aid from the LLM programme? Which scholarship opportunities are there?

Ghent University is a state university, and its policy is to keep tuition fee to a minimum (for the LLM programmes, it is expected to be 5524 Euro). However, the University provides few Top-Up Grants, the details of which can be found at this link: https://www.ugent.be/en/research/funding/devcoop/grants-scholarships/top...

The LLM programme itself has no funding available for scholarships to support the cost of living in Ghent. On the other hand, the LLM programme does offer a limited number of scholarships or partial / full tuition waivers, depending on its budgetary limits and on the need of the applicants.

(The Scholarship Fund is aimed at supporting talented and motivated applicants who cannot afford to cover the costs of their studies. The scholarships will cover the LLM tuition fee only. The exact amount of a scholarship can differ according to the needs of an applicant and the funds available. Travel and living expenses are not covered.)

It is, however, important to understand that the financial constraints typically reduce the number of scholarships / waivers to a level well below their demand. Applicants are therefore strongly urged to be financially self-supportive, either through personal means or through third party intervention.

Decisions on university financial aid are taken after the admission decisions.

 

Scholarship opportunities elsewhere:

1) The Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation has bilateral agreements with about 20 countries, the nationals of which may be granted a scholarship when studying at a Belgian university. For a complete list of the countries for which such scholarship possibility is available can be found on:
http://www.dgdc.be/en/partner_countries/index.html

For each of the countries, addresses and coordinates can be found of the responsible attache in the Belgian Embassy or Consulate General. Applications and questions on procedure for obtaining of scholarships should be forwarded to the responsible attache.

On the following website of the Directorate General for International Cooperation an overview of the different organisations with scholarship possibilities can also be consulted:
http://www.dgdc.be/en/dgdc/grants/index.html

OTHER POSSIBILITIES:

2) Nationals of about 30 countries studying in Flanders may obtain scholarships from the Flemish Community within the framework of bilateral cooperation agreements concluded between the Community and various countries. For a list of the countries, you may consult:
https://www.ugent.be/en/ghentuniv/principles/internationalisation/progra...

The Belgian Embassies/Consulates and / or the competent authorities (e.g. Ministry  of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in each of the partner countries should be able to supply further information on these scholarship possibilities.

3) Another possibility is the Mastermind Scholarship, offered by the Flemish government.
The Government of Flanders has launched a new scholarship programme in 2015, Master Mind Scholarships. For the academic year 2017-2018, it has awarded up to 45 scholarships to outstanding Master students from all countries. More info on how to apply is found via the link below:
http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/scholarship-programmes/master-mind-scho...

4) Students coming from developing countries can also make an application with the University for a Scholarship under the following scheme:

"Master grants for candidates from developing countries". For further information please consult:
https://www.ugent.be/en/research/devcooperation/grants.htm/view#master

5) Alban Programme supported by the European Commission for nationals of 18 Latin American countries

Alban scholarships are a means to support postgraduate studies and professional training in the European Union. It is open to Latin American citizens living in one of the following 18 Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Through the Alban scholarship scheme the European Commission supports students studying in Europe for a minimum of 6 months, and a maximum of 3 years. The scholarship scheme covers up to 75 % of the costs of training/education conducted in Europe. The Alban scholarship candidate should foresee 25 % of the costs through self-financing or co-financing.

The ALBAN scholarship should be requested by the candidate at the central ALBAN Office in Porto, Portugal.

Further information can be found on http://www.programalban.org/

The deadlines for ALBAN applications are usually in December preceding the academic year of studies for which one is applying. The deadline is strictly observed so early application or consultation of the provided information is advised.

Generally, students are advised to look into scholarship opportunities and prepare their applications for these well in time prior to the academic year for they are applying.