Welcome to BAEF

The Belgian American Educational Foundation

The Belgian American Educational Foundation Inc. is the leading independent philanthropy fostering higher education of deserving Belgians and Americans through its exchange Fellowship program.


  • Empowering young talents through a life-changing experience in the partner country
  • Providing generous financial support to individuals to pursue their graduate studies or research
  • Fostering talented individuals with low seniority at their academic level

A life-changing pursuit of excellence

BAEF Fellows - Boat 2022

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Belgian Fellows
in the United States
American Fellows
in Belgium
Alumni award

Key Figures

since 1920
on the Boat 2022
Expense budget
academic year 2022-2023
Statement of purpose


The primary purpose of the BAEF is to instill in Belgium as well as in the United States a deep respect and appreciation for the other’s country and people.

The Foundation has selected education to achieve this purpose, with a special emphasis on the younger generation. Education implies excellence in teaching, research, professional practice, management, as well as citizenship. BAEF fosters the higher education of deserving Belgians and Americans through its fellowship program between the United States and Belgium. 

Diversity, fairness and inclusion.

The Belgian American Educational Foundation does not discriminate in admission or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, sex, parental or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, handicap or disability, age, religion, creed, belief, military status, and source of income. The Foundation favors and pursues applicants from the most various background.


The history of the BAEF


An American Foundation

The Belgian American Educational Foundation, Inc. (BAEF) is a non-profit organization, incorporated in the United States, funded by general public and qualified under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Since its foundation in 1920 by President Herbert Hoover, the BAEF has provided 3,930 Belgians and 1,011 Americans with the opportunity for a period of advanced study or research in the partner country.

A two-level Governance

The Foundation has a General Assembly of Members of the Corporation of about 180 people, most of whom are Alumni of the Foundation. They meet usually once a year at the end of January. The General Assembly approves the annual accounts, decides upon the composition of the Board of Directors, and actively participates in steering the strategy of the Foundation.

The Board of Directors is composed of 15 people. Next to the President, 7 are Belgian resident and the other 7 reside in the US. The Board of Directors meets at least 3 times a year, in Brussels or in New York. The Board of Directors oversees the Management and validates suggestions made by the various appointed committees.

A number of Committees

The Board of Directors has created a number of Standing Committees that provide advice and support.

  • the Nominating Committee,
  • the Finance Committee,
  • the Belgian Fellowship Committee,
  • the Belgian Music Fellowship Committee,
  • the Belgian M.B.A. Fellowship Committee,
  • the American Fellowship Committee,
  • the B.A.E.F. Alumni Committee in Belgium
  • and the B.A.E.F. Alumni Committee in the U.S.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for making proposals to the Board of Director regarding the composition of all other committees.

The Fellowships Committees are responsible for making proposals to the Board of Director regarding the selection of Belgian and US Fellows for the upcoming academic year.

The Alumni Committees are responsible for making proposals to the Board of Director regarding the involvement of BAEF Alumni both in Belgium and in the US.


Keep in touch

Get contact


Eloïse de Villegas

(Associate Program Manager)

Marie-Claude Hayoit

(Program Manager)

Thomas Simon

(Executive Director)


Egmontstraat 11 Rue d’Egmont
1000 Brussels – BELGIUM
Tel: +32-2-513.59.55
Email: mail@baef.be


Prof. Dr. Emile L. Boulpaep


195 Church Street
New Haven CT 06510 – USA
Tel: +1-203-777.5765
Email: emile.boulpaep@yale.edu