Talented individuals

Supporting actors of change for the common good.

Giving every talented individual an opportunity to express him- or herself fully is one of the King Baudouin Foundation’s most dearly-held missions. It is also something dear in the eyes of increasing numbers of philanthropists who wish to support talented people in Belgium and abroad. Through a number of structural initiatives and funds, the Foundation helps (future) actors of change to develop and encourage excellence when it is put in the service of the public interest.

Our activities

  • through the Boost programme, provide intensive support to talented young people from vulnerable backgrounds so as to maximise their chances of success in higher education and facilitate their entry into professional life
  • through the Prince Albert Fund, contribute to the development of talented young professionals’ skills in international management so that they can actively participate in the development of the Belgian economy beyond our frontiers
  • through the Prince Philippe Fund, develop initiatives that enable young people from different backgrounds to meet and work together
  • support the Groupe du Vendredi, a think tank whose objective is to enrich public and political debate through new but realistic ideas.

Talented individuals is part of the programme Education and development of talents

Calls for projects

Prince Albert Fund

The Fund offers a grant to young university graduates to manage a one-year business development project outside Europe for a Belgian company.

Selection announced

2021 Ernest du Bois Prize for doctoral students

Support of a doctoral research on the theme of water

Selection announced

2022 Ernest du Bois Prize for doctoral students

Support of a doctoral research on the theme of water

Soon to be closed!


Belgian American Educational Foundation

Ernest du Bois Fonds: steun voor watersector en voedingsindustrie / Fonds Ernest du Bois : soutien au secteur de l'eau et à l'industrie alimentaire

Grant a scholarship to a Belgian student or researcher for studies or research related to the water sector or the food industry


Charlewood: Digital Content Manager

In Charleroi, train talented people to become digital marketing managers, develop their passion and their skills and accompany them in their job search.

Famiglie per l'Accoglienza

Supporting adoptive and foster families during lockdown

Supporting adoptive and foster families to deal with the impact of lockdown on family life, through additional online professional support, self-help groups, webinars and trainin…


Prince Albert Fund - Open door session 2021

16/11/2021 18:00 until 16/11/2021 19:30

Info session for talented Belgian professionals who want to gain experience in managing international business development projects for a Belgian company.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Funds and philanthropic tools

100.000 entrepreneurs Fund (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support projects that develop a spirit of enterprise among youngsters aged 13 to 25 and convey to them the culture and desire for entrepreneurship.

International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (Friends of Fund)

Philanthropists support projects of IYMF for vulnerable children, to highlight the role of art in our societies and promote European values of social inclusion.


From the Ardennes to Taiwan: an assignment that changed a life

Talented individuals

"Being outside my comfort zone, I was able to discover a new sector and develop new skills."
Justine Thiry
Prince Albert Fund grantee