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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 495 / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 495 / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 二月
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 623pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    Since 2012, IOB is organised as one research group.

    In today’s globalised world, we conceive of development as a multi-level and multi-actor process. Development is a patchy process, pushed and pulled in different directions and unfolding in different time scales. Development policies are both part of this process and impacting on it. IOB studies the patchwork of actors and dynamics entangled in political processes in order to identify time and place bound opportunities for change towards a more just and sustainable development.

    Within the broad field of the social sciences, the field of development studies has a unique contribution to make as a bridge between disciplines and methods. IOB cultivates multi-disciplinary work and mixed methods to gain a sufficiently accurate perspective in realities fraught with acute scarcity of reliable data on the one hand, and the urge to act on the other. The challenge of multi-disciplinary and mixed methods requires the different research lines within the group to be open and flexible in order to learn from and incorporate new developments in the social science disciplines.

    One important area IOB definitely has an academic value added is the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Both historical contingency and conscious investment in the recent past have contributed to building up a unique knowledge base on this region. In terms of development perspectives, this region has much to learn from wider debates in development studies. Conversely, gaining contextual depth is one of the empirical strategies our institute has cultivated to engage in broader theoretical debates on development policy, actors and processes. We have done this also through institutional partnerships in the South,  in the Great Lakes Region and elsewhere. 

    Research Lines

    • Conditional finance for development
    • International markets for the poor
    • Local institutions for/in development
    • State, economy and society



    • Applicants must hold a master’s degree
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the Internet-based test. Information about this test is available at the TOEFL-website. IOB does not accept the TOEFL ITP.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on each component. Information about this test is available at the IELTS-website.
    • A copy of your valid passport or identity card/a curriculum vitae
    • A motivation letter
    • A legalised copy of your degree certificate (please read more information on legalisation)
    • Applicants that are enrolled in the final year should submit an original and signed letter from their college or university confirming that they are expected to finalise the program at the end of the current academic year
    • A copy of your academic transcripts, provided with a stamp of the university


    • An assistant mandate - salaried assistant; 
    • An appointment to a research project that was requested by a promoter and subsidized assigned by internal (BOF) or external (international, national, regional, local) research resources; 
    • A personal doctoral fellowship (eg FWO-aspirant and analog mandates, IWT grant for strategic basic research, temporary mandate (opvangmandaat) of the Special Research Fund - BOF specific funds that grant scholarships); 
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