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

Strandschelp Fund - Special Talent

The Strandschelp Fund supports initiatives by talented young people who leave Special Youth Care and/or related organisations or institutions in West Flanders.

Soon to be closed!

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


Les Emplaqués

Steun voor kinderen met kanker (leukemie) in 7 Europese ziekenhuizen / Soutien aux enfants atteints de cancer (leucémie) hospitalisés dans 7 hôpitaux européens

Raising awareness of blood/platelet donation and financing sports projects (exercise bikes, renovation of a physiotherapy room, physical activity) through the Ergon Capital Fund

Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH

THRIVE: Arbeidsmarktintegratie voor vrouwelijke vluchtelingen in Duitsland / THRIVE : permettre l'accès des femmes réfugiées au marché du travail en Allemagne

Offer newcomers a mix of online 'Kiron' courses and complementary career guidance to help them find a job and live independently

Sport dans la Ville

Job dans la Ville: socio-professional integration of young people from disadvantaged areas through sport

Building on the positive behaviour of young people (+14 years) through sport to help them find suitable employment and succeed in their working lives

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Funds and philanthropic tools

Ergon Capital (Fund)

Promotion of initiatives in the field of young people and education in Europe, within a perspective of social change and improving the lives of future generations.


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