The Belgian American Educational Foundation Inc. is the leading independent philanthropy in the support of exchanging university students, scientists and scholars between the United States and Belgium.
When millions of Belgians were on the verge of starvation during World War I, an American engineer Herbert Hoover organized the Committee for Relief in Belgium. The magnificent relief effort gave birth after the war to this 90 year-old Foundation known as B.A.E.F. The benevolent service of many Belgians and Americans, sound financial management, far-reaching fundraising, and innovation in programs are the cornerstones of this showpiece of Belgian-American friendship.
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The History of Belgian American Education Foundation Fellowships
During World War I, from October 1914, Herbert Hoover organized the Committee for Relief in Belgium (USA) and the Commission for Relief in Belgium (Belgium). After the war, the University Foundation, and on 9 January 1920, the B.A.E.F., were founded with the budget remaining in the hands of the Commission after five years of relief work. The Belgian American Educational Foundation became the heir of the Commission for Relief in Belgium.
After World War I, the BAEF invested in land and buildings for the Université libre de Bruxelles (Solbosch campus) and also for rebuilding the library of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 1925, the BAEF founded the Hoover Foundation for the Development of the University of Brussels and the Hoover Foundation for the Development of the University of Leuven. The BAEF started providing scholarships for students study abroad.
Today, the Hoover Foundation is still divided into two entities: one is still dedicated to the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels and the second and biggest one is dedicated to the development of the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) primarily in Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels, and the KU Leuven in Leuven
BELGIAN AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (B.A.E.F.) FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
Currently calls are open for:
- Two-year Fellowships for an initial two-year Master’s degree 2018-2019 in the U.S.A.
- Fellowships for complementary Master’s degree 2018-2019 in the U.S.A.
- Fellowships for Biomedical Engineering Research 2018-2019 in the U.S.A.
- Fellowships for Doctoral Research 2018-2019 in the U.S.A.
- Fellowships for the first year of a PhD program 2018-2019 in the U.S.A.
- Fellowships for Post-doctoral Research 2018-2019 in the U.S.A.
- Fellowships for Study or Research 2018-2019 in Belgium
HOW TO APPLY FOR BELGIAN AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (B.A.E.F.) FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
More information can be found on the B.A.E.F website.