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?

The Fund will consider project proposals submitted by members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), members and alumni of The Young Academy, and professors at Dutch universities. A postdoc will preferably be appointed as project leader, under the supervision of the applicant. The project period should be between one and four years. The maximum grant per project is € 200,000.


Project proposals will focus on disciplines in which J.R. Thorbecke distinguished himself as a politician and scholar. As an applicant, you can, for example, use elements of Thorbecke’s life, work and intellectual legacy to reflect on contemporary societal issues such as those raised by the Dutch National Research Agenda. Preference will be given to integrative projects, such as those at the interface of different scientific studies 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 Dutch universities.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted using the application form. The project proposal must be included as an attachment.

The deadline is 1 December 2019.