Study or Research in the US via BAEF

The prestigious scholarship of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) helps finance studies/research at top universities in the United States. The scholarships are open to all disciplines and are awarded on the basis of competitive selection between candidates from Belgian universities.

Through co-financing by Ghent University, five additional scholarships are granted to candidates from Ghent University who score sufficiently high in the BAEF selection. Partly because of this, the chances of winning a scholarship are quite high.

BAEF offer

- Scholarships for a two-year master’s programme; for holders of a bacherlor’s degree (or to be obtained) who have not yet obtained their master’s degree (up to $60,000 per year).

- Scholarships for an additional master’s programme (Graduate Study – 9 months); up to max. $60,000 (for a LLM up to $50,000).

- Scholarships for a study in music (9 months, up to $50,000)

- Scholarships for PhD research (12 years; no longer than one year after obtaining your MA degree and if you are not yet a PhD student); $30,000

- Scholarships for PhD students (max. 2 years in progress) up to $30,000 for 12 months

- Scholarships for post-doc research (up to $50,000). 

You can find a detailed overview of the current scholarship amounts, the intended residency periods and additional funding channels on the BAEF website.


-> Possessing the Belgian nationality

-> Very good command of the English language (TOEFL iBT 100/120 or IELTS 7.5/9)

-> A Belgian bacherlor’s or master’s or doctorate degree to be obtained in the academic year of application or already obtained

-> Being able to demonstrate excellent study results (great or multiple distinction) 


The deadline for submission of the complete application file is 31 October. Pre-application is available from mid-July.

The application file should contain:

-> Your CV

-> Experience and possible achievements in research or other fields

-> An autobiographical essay (max. 1 page)

-> Study or research plan

-> Institutions in the US where you wish to study or conduct research and where you have applied

-> Your motivation (including the importance of your stay in the US for your study/research, the larger framework of your plans)

-> Reference letters 

All the necessary information related to the scholarship application is available on the BAEF website. In addition to the scholarship application with BAEF, you also have to apply to American universities (at least 3) and take a number of tests (language and/or knowledge tests).

Selection procedure

After an assessment of the application file, candidates are invited to the individual selection interview at the end of January (in English) in Brussels.

The selection jury consists of about 12 professors and scholars. The chairman is prof. E. Boulpaep (Yale University).

Support Ghent University

Faculty coaches

For feedback on your application file, you can contact the network of faculty BAEF coaches before submitting it.

Interview training

Candidates selected by the BAEF for the selection interview should contact us via They will be invited to an interview training that will take place on December 6th ’22 at 14 o’clock (online).

If you are considering an application and you wish to be kept up to date of additional information and support activities of Ghent University concerning the BAEF competition, please contact the Ghent University contact person. An individual interview to help you get started on your way to the US with a BAEF scholarship is possible.

In addition to the above-mentioned scholarships, BAEF also offers scholarships for students, researchers and scholars from American universities who wish to study or conduct research in Belgium. More information via


Belgian American Educational Foundation

Egmontstraat 11

1000 Brussel

T +32 (0)2 513 59 55

F +32 (0)2 672 53 81


International Relations Office 

Patricia Burssens

Het Pand, Onderbergen 1

9000 Ghent

T +32 (0)9 264 70 13