Statesman Thorbecke Fund Programme

The aim of the Statesman Thorbecke Fund is to promote knowledge about the life, work and intellectual legacy of Johan Rudolf Thorbecke (1798-1872), statesman and founder of Dutch parliamentary democracy.

The Fund’s assets consist of a gift and a bequest from the estate of Willem Thorbecke (1920-2014), Johan Thorbecke’s great grandson. The Academy finances the Statesman Thorbecke Programme from the Fund.

What can you apply for?

Funding of a research project, preferably with a postdoc as project leader under supervision of the applicant.  The project duration should be between one and four years. The maximum grant per project is € 200,000.

The research project should have a clear link with Thorbecke.


Disciplines in which J.R. Thorbecke distinguished himself as a politician and scholar. Preference will be given to integrative projects, such as those at the interface of different scientific fields or projects combining politics and the law, society and science, or different national perspectives.

Who is it for?

Members of the Academy, members and alumni of The Young Academy, and professors at universities in the Netherlands.

How to apply

The deadline for submitting applications has passed. Next round starts late 2023.