What is it about?
The Ernest du Bois Fund is active and provides support in 2 areas.
In the academic field, it grants fellowships to young doctoral students who are interested in the challenges of water availability in Belgium and in the world. To this end, a call for applications is launched each year in June by the King Baudouin Foundation. The Fund also awards a fellowship through the Belgian American Educational Foundation to a young academic who wants to complete his or her education in the United States and whose project meets the needs of Belgian industry, primarily in the water or food industry. The Fund chooses its fellow from the selection of young people made by BAEF following its annual call for applications.
Since 2019, the Fund has also focused on the fight against water stress in Belgium. In particular, it has supported projects in 2019 and 2020 that help Belgian households in water poverty to identify and repair water leaks in their homes. These projects are analyzed in 2021 as part of the work of the Platform for the Fight against Energy and Water Poverty, coordinated by the Foundation.