The ASEM DUO scholarship programme promotes study exchanges between Belgium/Flanders and four Asian countries: China, India, South Korea and Vietnam. It is a DUO programme, which means that for every student from a Flemish higher education institution who leaves for Asia with an ASEM-DUO grant, a student from an Asian higher education institution will also come to Flanders.

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Candidate profile

Students from all disciplines can apply for this scholarship, but priority is given to those in the following areas of study:

  • STEM studies (sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics);
  • economics;
  • communication sciences;
  • political and social sciences.


Student mobilities to the following destination countries are eligible:

  • China;
  • India;
  • Vietnam;
  • South Korea.

Scholarship amount

The total award of no more than €3 700 consists of a maximum amount of €2 600 for the scholarship and a fixed amount of €1 100 for travel costs.

Students from underrepresented groups will receive €800 in addition to the scholarship amount.


The duration of the mobility is one semester (four months).

Application and selection procedure

Step 1: Submit your application for a study mobility to the international coordinator at your own higher education institution.

Step 2: Your higher education institution will pre-select you for a DUO application and link your candidacy to the application of an Asian student from a partner institution in one of the participating countries.

Step 3: If your DUO file is selected, your higher education institution will submit your application to the Flemish Higher Education Council (VLUHR).

Step 4: A qualified board of jury members will perform an external selection based on:

  • motivation letter;
  • transcript of records;
  • recommendation letter from a teacher/lecturer;
  • recommendation by the Flemish higher education institution
  • learning agreement.

The 18 best DUO application files will be selected for a grant.