The Research Coordination Office accomplishes the preparation and implementation of the research policy of Hasselt University. It fulfils different advisory tasks concerning the organization of the scientific research. The Research Coordination Office also has an inventory and policy informing task due to the current research and it informs and supports individual researchers to the demand and succession of research projects. The secretary of the Research council and the Advisory council of research directors is another task of the Research Coordination Office.
There are different types of funding for PhDs: assistants, PhD scholarships and project funding.
As an assistant, you usually get six years (in contrary to four years for a PhD) during which you divide your time between the preparation of your PhD (about 70 % of your time) and rendering of services towards the faculty, which usually consists of a teaching assignment.
As a PhD candidate, you can always apply for vacancies for assistants, so check our vacancies page regularly.
As an assistant, it will take you longer to obtain your PhD degree in comparison with a PhD student, but on the other hand you get the opportunity to acquire further skills in several areas: research, teaching, rendering services, etc.
As a PhD student, you will be working intensively on the preparation of your PhD thesis for four years. You will be involved minimally in other tasks such as teaching assignments or rendering services. In this case, you do not apply for a vacancy, but you make a PhD proposal yourself with a funding body.
You will enter into competition with other applicants with the funding body you contacted, and it depends on the quality of your study results if your application text will be selected for funding.
With a scholarship statute, you can bury yourself undisturbed into the research field of your choice for four years. You do not enter an existing research project, but you write the application text yourself, and that’s why you have the opportunity to outline your own research path, in consultation with your supervisor.
As a project assistant, you will work an average of four years on the execution of a project in preparation to your PhD thesis. You will be involved minimally in other tasks such as teaching assignments or rendering services. As a PhD candidate, you can always apply for vacancies for assistants, so check our vacancies page regularly.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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