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Students and researchers who benefit from a scholarship or fellowship

Students and researchers who benefit from a scholarship or fellowship


Exemption from payment of the administrative fee

• Students and researchers who receive a scholarship or fellowship from an authority or an institution indicated in article 1er/1 of the Royal Decree of 08/10/1981 are exempted from payment of the administrative fee when they apply to reside more than 3 months in Belgium pursuant to articles 9, 9bis, 58, 61/7 et 61/11 of the law of 15/12/1980.
• This fee waiver is applicable to students who are enrolled in a higher education institution that is organised, recognized or subsidized by the public authorities (article 58, law or 15/12/1980), and also to students enrolled in another type of institution (article 9, law of 15/12/1980).
• The fee waiver is applicable to researchers who have signed a hosting agreement with an accredited Belgian institution (article 61/11, law of 15/12/1980), and also the researcher who wishes to carry out research outside the framework of a hosting agreement (article 9, law of 15/12/1980).
• Finally, the fee waiver is also applicable to students who wish to study in Belgium and researchers who wish to carry out research in Belgium, after having obtained long term resident status in another member state of the European Union (article 61/7, law of 15/12/1980).

Scholarship or Fellowship

• A scholarship or fellowship is an allowance awarded entirely or partly by or on behalf of an authority or institution indicated in article 1er/1 of the Royal Decree of 08/10/1981 with a view to enabling a student to study or a researcher to carry out research
• Proof that a scholarship or fellowship has indeed been awarded by an authority or institution indicated in article 1er/1 of the Royal Decree of 08/10/1981 is provided by a standard form formulaire-type (.pdf) - Standard form (Eng) (.pdf) / formulaire-type (.docx) - Standard form (Eng) (.docx)  drawn up in accordance with this template or by a DGD statement, ie. a statement issued by the Directorate General Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation).

Authorities and institutions indicated in article 1er/1 of the Royal Decree of 08/10/1981

• the Belgian state, pursuant to the law of 19/03/2013 relating to Belgian Development Cooperation, or organisations incorporated under Belgian law that are funded by the Belgian state, pursuant to article 27, §5 of the law of 19/03/2013 quoted above or pursuant to article 5, §2, 5° of the law of 21/12/1998 establishing Belgian Technical Cooperation in the form of a company organized under public law;
• the communities, regions, provinces and municipalities ;
• higher education institutions organized, recognized or subsidized pursuant to federal or community law (universities, non-university higher education institutions, university colleges..);
• international organizations organized under public law of which Belgium is a member (European Union…) ;
• non-profit foundations recognized by Royal Decree.
• Non-exhaustive list of non-profit foundations recognized by Royal Decree :
  - Fonds Fédéral de la Recherche Scientifique / Federaal Fonds Voor Wetenschappelijke Onderzoek (FFRS/FFWO)
  - Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde Prins Leopold / Institut de médecine tropicale Prince Léopold
  - Institut Supérieur d’Histoire de l’Art et d’Archéologie de Bruxelles
  - Fondation Francqui Fonds
  - Collège d’Europe
  - Centre d’Etudes de l’Energie Nucléaire
  - Fondation Roi Baudouin
  - Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (VLIR)
  - Vlerick Business School
  - Institut d’Etudes du Judaïsme
  - Fondation ATD Quart Monde Belgique
  - Erasmus Fonds
  - Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth
  - Brussels Business Institute of Higher Education
  - Universiteit Antwerp Management School
  - Fondation ULB
  - IMEC International

Legislative texts

• Arrêté royal du 08/06/2016 modifiant l’arrêté royal du 08/10/1981 sur l’accès au territoire, le séjour, l’établissement et l’éloignement des étrangers dispensant les étudiants et les chercheurs boursiers de la redevance (MB 16/06/2016).