VIB International PhD Program in Life Sciences in Belgium, 2014

"VIB International PhD Program in Life Sciences"

"VIB International PhD Program in Life Sciences"VIB is offering 8 PhD scholarships for international life sciences PhD students. Apply now to kick-start your scientific career in a center of excellence, backed by first class research facilities and training in our multidisciplinary, international scientific community.

VIB scientists work at the front-lines of molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, structural biology, plant systems biology, genetics, biochemistry and microbiology. VIB is a life sciences research center in Flanders, Belgium, in the heart of Europe.

Study Subject: Scholarships are provided in the field of Life Sciences.


  • Nationality: The VIB International Ph.D. Program is aimed towards all non-Belgians, currently not living in Belgium.
  • University degrees: Candidates should hold a university degree, or satisfy equivalent requirements, which is sufficient to start a doctoral program at a Flemish university. This means that applicants must hold a 5-year University degree, or equivalent, in life sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology), physics, engineering, chemistry, or related fields. In general, this implies that the applicant has a Masters degree. Applicants, who have not yet received their degree at the time of the application deadline, can also apply, but a final certificate of the degree is needed no later than 2 months after the selection interviews. Medical students who wish to obtain a Ph.D. degree can also apply after completion of their M.D. exams. Passing the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a plus (and you should definitely indicate on your application whether you took the GRE), but the test is not required for your application. Please note that VIB does not yet have a GRE Institutional code. If you take the GRE-test specifically to enter our Ph.D. Program, please use the GRE codes of the University of Antwerp, Brussels, Leuven or Ghent. We will not reply to inquiries regarding the GRE.
  • Age: Applicants are preferentially not older than 28 years at the application deadline.
  • Language: English is used in all VIB laboratories for scientific communication. Therefore, candidates must have an excellent command of English. A language test for English, such as the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is not necessary for the application, but should you have TOEFL test results, please adds these to your application. Please note that VIB does not yet have a TOEFL Institutional code. If you take the TOEFL-test specifically to enter our Ph.D. Program, please use the TOEFL codes of Ghent University, the K.U.Leuven, the University of Antwerp or the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. We will not reply to inquiries regarding the TOEFL.

Scholarship Value:

Selected candidates for the VIB International PhD Program will be fully funded with a yearly net salary of €25.000 and are expected to start in October 2014.


In March 2014, short-listed candidates will be sent an invitation letter for the selection week from 19-22 May 2014. The university will reimburse your travel expenses and provide free accommodation in Ghent during the selection week.

How to Apply?

The mode of applying is by post or email. Please follow carefully the different steps during the preparation stage and final submission stage of your application. Use English in all the documents.

  • Step 1 – Requirement
  • Step 2 – Select your projects
  • Download and complete the Application Form
  • Submit the Application Form and scans of degrees and certificates
  • Collect recommendations

Application Deadline: 15th February 2014.

For further information: VIB International PhD Program in Life Sciences

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