Visiting researcher status is available to international researchers who already hold a Master's degree and who wish to carry out research work at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Registration as visiting researcher is necessary in order to access the University’s libraries and online databases and be insured on the ULB campuses.

Registration is only possible if you are invited by a member of ULB academic staff, who will be your research supervisor. Please note that members of ULB academic staff are under no obligation to host and supervise visiting researchers.

Visiting researcher status is only available to international researchers who already hold a Master’s degree.

Trainees and Bachelor/Master students are not eligible.
Registration is not possible after the age of 65 (retirement age in Belgium).
is not possible to obtain a long stay visa for Belgium or a Belgian residence permit on the basis of visiting researcher status alone.
If you have doubts regarding eligibility for visiting researcher status, please contact the International Welcome Desk.

Enrolling a visiting researcher

  1. The future visiting researcher completes the online application form.
  2. After printing and signing the form, the future visiting researcher forwards it to their supervisor at ULB.
  3. The supervisor signs the form and gets it validated and stamped by the faculty office.
  4. The form is then sent by mail to
    International Welcome Desk
    CP 131/2
    50 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
    1050 Brussels
    along with:
    - a “bon vert” (ULB internal payment system) for 32€ (made out to internal account no. 3.000.A.000004 ), if the host department at ULB is paying the registration fee
    - a bank statement showing payment of the 32 euros onto ULB’s bank account number BE79 2100 4294 0033 – BIC : GEBABEBB; when making the payment, please indicate surname, first name and 3.000.A.000004
    - a photocopy of the visiting researcher’s ID card or passport for nonEEA citizens, a photocopy of their visa, if applicable (depending on their nationality and the duration of their stay).

Given the current health situation, please send in your requests by email at

General information

  • Registration as a visiting researcher is per academic year.
  • During their research stay at ULB, the researcher is covered by civil liability and accident insurance on the ULB campuses.
  • Visiting researcher status cannot be granted beyond the age of 65.
  • The cost of registration as visiting researcher is 32 euros per academic year. If the stay extends beyond 15 September, it is necessary to reregister and pay 32 euros again.
  • Registration as a researcher can be done at any time of the year.
  • The fee of 32 euros must be paid by “bon vert” to the ULB International Welcome Desk or by bank transfer.
Updated on June 11, 2021