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    The Washington Center

    • Destination An opportunity for students to do an internship and follow academic seminars at the Washington Center (TWC) in Washington, D.C. Find out more here.
    • Application procedure & selection
      • In order to qualify for this scholarship you need approval from your Exchange Coordinator who approves to award and recognize 30 ECTS in your curriculum for this programme. The exchange covers the following disciplines: arts, business and management, global trade, information technology, media and communication, international relations, law and criminology, political sciences.
      • Students who expressed their interest to IRMO will be informed when the call to apply is open, detailing the application procedure. The application deadline is 25 February 2022. The application package can be obtained at IRMO by sending an email to exchange.outgoing@vub.be. Selection is done external and based on following criteria.
    • Scholarship details & payment scheme 9,000 EUR (12,000 EUR for students receiving a Flemish study allowance) as a onetime pay-off.
    • In case of online exchange due to COVID-19, the amount will be 3,500 EUR (4,300 EUR for students receiving a Flemish study allowance)
    • Duration 15 weeks during the first semester of the academic year 2022-2023.
    • Specific conditions are set by Vlaamse Universiteiten en Hogescholen Raad - VLUHR (Flemish Universities and Colleges of Higher Education Board) awarding the grant.
    • More information via this link.

    Priority Country Programme

    • Destination To a host organisation, agreed upon with your Exchange Coordinator, located in one of 9 priority countries: Brazil, Chile, Japan, Morocco, Mexico, *Russia, Turkey, United States and South Africa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             *Russia is cancelled as a possible destination due to the political situation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
    • Traineeship Agreement: the student, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Exchange Coordinator) and an institution/organization/company in one of the priority countries (Host institution) need to have established a learning agreement for traineeships.

    For more information on application, selection & scholarship amounts see the section about Studies - Priority Country Programme.

    Generic Scholarships (Generieke Beurzen)

    • Destination: To host organisation, agreed upon with your Exchange Coordinator, located in any country except in one of the EU Member States, FYROM, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Turkey. There needs to be a Learning Agreement for Traineeships.

           * Russia is cancelled as a possible destination due to the political situation.

    • Application procedure & selection Students need to be nominated by their Faculty. You will be informed when the VUB call to apply for a Generieke Beurs is open (as from March 15) and how to apply. Applications are sent to IRMO the latest 1 April 2022. VUB’s International Policy Council decides who is awarded the grant (start of June) on the basis of 3 criteria:
      - Weighted average grades (including the January session)
      - Priority for exchanges to a VUB partner institution
      - At least 25% of the selected candidates receive a Flemish study allowance
    • Scholarship details & payment scheme
      - Scholarship consists of return ticket (fixed amounts) and a grant of 700 EUR (or 900 EUR for students with Flemish study allowance)/month.
      - 80% of the scholarship is paid upon arrival, 20% upon return.
      - Travel grant is transferred after signing the grant agreement.
    • Duration Min. 1 month - max. 10 months.
    • Specific conditions
      - Write a final report
      - Complete a short survey.


    ! Given the limited number of scholarships available and that priority is given to exchanges to a VUB partner institution, the competition is extremely high for scholarships for an intercontinental traineeship to a host organisation of your choice. If you are however not awarded a scholarship, you can still go for an intercontinental traineeship at your own expense.

    Scholarship REI

    Want to go for studies to a developing country?  Then this REI scholarship is for you.

    • Destination There are 32 countries in Africa, Asia & Latin America.
    • Application procedure & selection Applications include a student’s cover letter, invitation letter of the local supervisor and recommendation letter of the Flemish supervisor. At the time of application  student should have taken an UCOS preparatory course. First selection on admissibility and a 2nd on content by BAOW members.
    • Scholarship details & payment scheme  1,000 EUR (lump sum), first 75% paid after approval by VUB’s International Policy Council, remaining 25% after completing the final report.
    • Duration At least 28 consecutive days (no maximum)
    • Specific conditions Must be part of a recognized study component (i.e. work placement/internship or a thesis). Following classes is not enough.
    • More information via this link.

    Work Placement

    • Traineeship as an integral part of the VUB curriculum. Find more information on ‘stages binnen je opleiding’ on this webpage.
    • Destination Host organisation, agreed upon with your Exchange Coordinator or the Traineeship Responsible for your study programme, located in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam

            * Russia is cancelled as a possible destination due to the political situation.

    • Period & duration: Traineeship has to take place before 1st February 2023 (credits have to be assigned to the academic year 22-23), minimum 1 and maximum 6 months
    • Eligibility criteria & Modalities
      • Traineeship mobility only, all disciplines
      • Traineeship is integral part of the curriculum/study programme (traineeship is recognised by VUB through credit transfer)
      • Enrolled in a full time study programme, completed at least 1 year (60 ECTS). Only possible for BA and MA students (not possible for PhD students).
      • Traineeship Agreement agreed upon by 1) student, 2) VUB Exchange Coordinator or Traineeship Responsible for your study programme and 3) Institution/organisation/company in the host country (host institution)
      • English language proficiency: IELTS 6, TOEFL 80 or B2 level on the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)) or a certificate provided by VUB Professor
      • No restriction on nationality
    • Scholarship details
      • Grant consists of: travel allowance €1.500 and grant amount of €700/month (a month is defined as a period of 30 days even if the month counts 28, 29 or 31 days, with the exception of the last month of mobility which needs to be minimum 26 days)
      • Monthly top-up of €200 for Flemish students receiving a study grant from the Flemish Government (Vlaamse Studietoelage) and/or students with a disability, recognised through the VAPH.
      • Duration: minimum 1 and maximum 6 months
      • Applicants can apply for a grant from the Flemish Government
        • Grant approval is based on the ‘first come, first served’ principle (based on a complete and duly signed Learning Agreement for Traineeships)
        • Grant cannot be combined with another scholarship from the Flemish Government or VLIR-UOS
    • Application
      • STEP 1: Express interest to IRMO
        • IRMO sends more information on the application procedure and the eligibility criteria and modalities
        • Check whether students meets eligibility criteria and modalities of the ASEM Work Placement Programme
        • Official approval from Exchange Coordinator and/or Traineeship Responsible for student’s study programme of the Traineeship (traineeship needs to be part of VUB curriculum (credit transfer))
      • STEP 2: Applicant sends application information to IRMO
      • STEP 3: IRMO nominates the students to the Flemish Government for the ASEM Work Placement Programme
      • STEP 4: The applicant receives an email notifying about the start of the application procedure and the next steps. Necessary steps for the student to complete in the Flemish Government’s online system
        • 1 - Upload English language test results (IELTS 6, TOEFL/TOEFL iBT 80 or B2 level on the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)) or a similar result in another official English language test (recognised by VUB)
        • 2 - Complete details about the traineeship company in the online tool
        • 3 - Training agreement, signed by all parties: trainee, Home institution and Traineeship institution/organisation/company

    Flanders Trainee Programme

    The Flanders Trainee Programme (via the Flemish Government and the Department Chancellery and Foreign Affairs) has grants for internships for students and graduates with multilateral international organisations.

    The grants are available for those who:

    • have secured a work placement with a multilateral organisation (list is available here)
    • are younger than 35 at the starting date of their internships/work placement
    • have a final diploma obtained at an institution of secondary or higher education that is financed or subsidised by the Flemish community.

    Duration of the internship/work placement is from at least 2 months until maximum 6 months with one of the approved organisations from the list

    To find out more on how it works, check the website. You can find the procedures and application forms online as well.