• Funding - Grants: DUO Wallonia-Brussels





ARES (Academy for Research and Higher Education), the umbrella organisation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in French-speaking Belgium, is inviting call for applications 2021 under the “DUO WALLONIA-BRUSSELS” (Belgium) part of the ASEM-DUO Fellowship programme.

The DUO Wallonia-Brussels initiative has been established at the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium) in order to promote “paired exchanges” between academic or scientific staffs from Wallonia-Brussels HEIs and Asian ones.

ARES (Academy for Research and Higher Education) is the designated administrative body in charge of the implementation of the ASEM-DUO  Fellowship Programme in Wallonia-Brussels Federation in collaboration with the ASEM-DUO Secretariat based in Seoul.

Deadline for applications                            :             15 April 2021

Decision deadline                                        :             30 June 2021    

Project period                                              :             1st August 2021 and 31 August 2022.

Fellowship amount                                      :             €50,000.00

Download the detailed call document here.

The list of eligible institutions in Wallonia-Brussels Federation is available here.



  • Applicants must be member of the academic or scientific staff of an institution of Wallonia-Brussels HEI or an Asian HEI. Applicants must be remunerated by the HEI and it must be their main occupation
  • The Asian institution must be located in one of the following countries : Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • The Wallonia-Brussels and Asian HEIs must be recognised/accredited by the competent authorities in the field of higher education.
  • The Wallonia-Brussels and Asian HEIs must have signed a cooperation agreement or must have expressed the intention to sign one in the two following years.
  • The citizenship of the candidate is not a criterion for eligibility.
  • The fellowship programme is open to all disciplines.

Following are not eligible to apply:

  • Students and PhD students,
  • Professors emeritus and honorary,
  • Teaching assistants.

Exemptions are possible for the colleges of arts. The selection committee will assess on a case-by-case basis.



The exchange is done by pairs – one professor from a Wallonia-Brussels HEI is hosted by an Asian institution, whereas an Asian professor is hosted by a Wallonia-Brussels institution.

The exchange must necessarily take place between the two same institutions, but does not need to take place in the same time span, nor between two identical departments.



For the academic year 2021-2022 the DUO Wallonia-Brussels grants are awarded to a pair of professors for a project that should take place between 1st August 2021 and 31 August 2022.

The total amount of the 2021-2022 ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme is 50 000€.



Applications must be submitted between 15 February and 15 April 2021. No application will be accepted beyond the deadline of 15 April 2021. The applicants shall be informed of the outcome of the selection by 30 June 2021.

The application must include:

  • The completed 2021 application form for the ASEM DUO Wallonia-Brussels Fellowship Programme (available on the ARES and ASEM-DUO websites);
  • A copy of the academic cooperation agreement between paired institutions or the declaration of intent to sign one in the two following years;
  • The passport copies or the national identity card of the two applicants.

The institution belonging to the Wallonia Brussels Federation shall apply for both partner institutions.

For more information on the application and selection procedure, deliverables, reports etc. please download the detailed call document here.



For any information related to this announcement, please contact:

Académie de recherche et d’enseignement supérieur – ARES

Direction des relations internationales

Ms. Élodie DECOSTRE - ASEM-DUO Project Manager