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ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme

ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme

ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme

About ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme


The recommendation for the establishment of a Fellowship Programme within the ASEM framework was first made by the Asia-Europe Vision Group in 1999. The creation of an “ASEM scholarship Programme” was suggested, underscoring that educational exchanges between Asia and Europe are key to establishing deeper understanding between the peoples of the two continents. Later, in the Asia-Europe Cooperation Framework 2000, Leaders defined the promotion of “enhanced contact and strengthened mutual awareness between the people of our two regions” as one of the key priorities for ASEM in the future. In order to translate this priority into reality, the heads of Korea, France and Singapore jointly proposed the “ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme (ASEM-DUO)” at ASEM 3 held in Seoul and this initiative was endorsed by the summit.


General Description


DUO-Belgium/Flanders Fellowship Programme was established in 2011 with the aim of promoting exchanges of students between Belgium/Flanders and 4 Asian countries (China, India, South Korea and Vietnam) on a balanced and permanent basis. In this respect, DUO-Belgium/Flanders requires that a PAIR (two persons) of students will be exchanged in the framework of a cooperative project.


Definition of ‘student’:


● Undergraduate (bachelor) and graduate (master) students who are currently enrolled in universities or university colleges in Flanders or one of the four Asian countries.


● Nationality of the student is not a criterion.


N.B.: All applicants should maintain their “student status” from the time of application until the end of their exchange period.




Due to the unique nature of this program, in order to be eligible, the exchange project needs to fulfill all five requirements below:


1) A higher education institution in Belgium/Flanders (home institution) and an educational institution in Asia (host institution) have established an academic cooperative agreement or have the intention to set up a new cooperation agreement.


2) The Flemish higher education institution, as well as the Asian partner cannot ask tuition fees to the students for the exchanges.


3) The Flemish home institution has selected a Flemish student enrolled at the home institution to send to the Asian host institution, and such selection has been accepted by the Asian host institution. A Flemish student is defined as a student from any nationality, subscribed in a Flemish Higher Education Institution.


4) The same Asian host institution has selected an Asian student enrolled at the host institution to send to the Flemish home institution, and such selection has been accepted by the same Flemish home institution.


5) If the Flemish student has already started the exchange or the Asian student has already stayed in Belgium/Flanders before the application period for DUO- Belgium/Flanders 2019, the application is not acceptable.

The Duration and the Amount of the DUO-Belgium/Flanders Scholarship


DUO-Belgium/Flanders 2019 is for exchange projects, which will start from August 2019 and end before September 2020 to avoid duplication of implementation period of exchange projects selected by DUO-Belgium/Flanders in the ensuing years. The selection of DUO-Belgium/Flanders 2019 is made ONLY once a year. In this respect, those who are planning to exchange in Spring Semester of 2020 (January-August 2020) shall apply for DUO-Belgium/Flanders 2019.


The amount of the scholarships is standardizedas follows:


● €650/month (with a maximum of €2.600) for Flemish students and €800/month (with a maximum of €3.200) for Asian students


● €1.100 for BOTH the Flemish student and the Asian student for the purpose of travel costs.


● An extra €200/month (with a maximum of €800) will be awarded to Flemish students that belong to the underrepresented groups in higher education:


-Students who are entitled to a Flemish study grant.
-Students with a disability, recognized by VAPH.
-Working students in a work programme. The student must be an employee, or must be looking for a job, and the study programme must be aligned with the work programme proposed by the employment service. Moreover, the student cannot have obtained a Master degree or a second cycle diploma yet.


The data in the database of AHOVOKS will be considered as correct. The date of reference to determine whether a student comes from a low socio-economic background is the deadline of 01 April 2019. If on this date the request of the student is still being processed, the final decision of AHOVOKS will be awaited. As soon as the request is approved, the student will receive the extra €800.


The duration of exchange should be at least one semester (= 4 months). A semester is defined as the period including the eventual introduction activities, the period of teaching and the period of preparing and doing the examinations. Exchange of less than one semester is NOT allowed. If a semester is longer than 4 months in the visiting institution, scholarship will be given for 4 months.


Application Procedure


Who Applies?


The higher education institution in Belgium/Flanders applies on behalf of both institutions and persons who are to participate in the exchange. Asian institutions shall cooperate fully with Flemish institutions in supplying precise information of Asian applicants. Individuals wishing to take part in exchanges are advised to contact the relevant offices (e.g. International Relations Offices) of the higher education institution to file an application for this program.


Application Period


Applications will be accepted from January 7, 2019 through April 1, 2019 GMT+1

Applications submitted after April 1, 2019 GMT +1 will not be accepted.


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