The application for a scholarship must follow the procedures described on the ARES website and meet the ARES admissibility criteria.
The list of available courses can be consulted on the ARES website.
Follow the step-by-step procedure below to submit an application:
Admissibility criteria (must be respected)
1. Activate your GIRAF account
2. Open and complete an application form
3. Deadline for applications
ADMISSIBILITY CRITERIA (to be respected imperatively)
Please note that compliance with the admissibility criteria does not guarantee selection and eligibility for the course. This only guarantees that the application will be considered by the selection panel (see Selection Criteria on the ARES website).
In order to be eligible, the applicant must:
- Be national, reside and work in one of the following countries: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
- Hold a diploma comparable to a graduate level degree (300 credits ECTS) from Belgian university studies for advanced masters and countinuing education courses (equivalent to Bac+5); Hold a diploma comparable to a undergraduate level degree (180 credits ECTS) for advanced bachelors (equivalent to Bac+3). The candidate must have held the relevant academic degree for a maximum of 20 years at the time of the start of the course. This maximum period is increased by one year by childbirth and/or adoption.
- Possess relevant professional experience in a ARES partner country of at least two years after graduate studies for advanced bachelors, after postgraduate studies for advanced masters and countinuing education courses.
- Complete the application in the language in which the training is given and can attest a good written and spoken knowledge of it. Moreover, knowing a minimum of French allows for a good integration into daily life in Belgium.
- Apply for only one training course.
Applicants should not obtain prior admission to one of the French-speaking institution in Belgium in order to be considered for ARES scholarship.
1. ACTIVATE YOUR GIRAF ACCOUNT
2. OPEN AND COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM
Once logged into your GIRAF account, you can access the application form via the Competitive calls tab of your GIRAF profile. Please note that you must only click once on the "International training application 2024-2025" button. You will then find your form in the My tasks table of the Competitive calls.
When you want to return to your draft application, do not click on the "International training application 2024-2025" button, but click on "Open" in the My tasks table.
- You can complete your form several times, as long as you use the "Save and edit later" option. You will find your form each time in the My Tasks table of the Competitive calls tab in GIRAF.
- As soon as you click on "Submit my application", your application is sent to ARES and you can no longer modify it. You can still consult it in the My submitted files table.
3. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
Applications must be submitted via GIRAF by 17 November 2023 at 12pm (Belgian time, UTC+1) at the latest. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.
Please note that there is no need to submit your application in a hurry in the first days of the call. All applications received between the first and the last day of the call will be treated equally. No priority will be given to applications received first.
The selection of grant holders is carried out by a selection panel for each course after analysis of their administrative admissibility by ARES (in other words, applications that do not meet the admissibility criteria will not be examined by the course panel, so please ensure that your application is perfectly compliant).
Application files will not be considered if they :
- are not completed in their entirety and are not accompanied by the required documents (certified copy of the diploma, etc.). A certified copy is a copy of the document on which it is stated that it is "a true copy of the original" with the stamp and signature of the competent authority (notary, town hall, municipal administration, etc.) ;
- do not clearly mention compliance with the admissibility criteria specified above (certified copy of diploma, age, professional experience, etc.).
Applying for an ARES scholarship is completely free. ARES does not charge fees at any stage of the application nor selection process. You may inform us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org of any problems with individuals or companies claiming to represent ARES and request any payment.