ON JANUARY 9, 1920, THE BELGIAN AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED

H. Hoover

“ TO ENABLE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITHOUT MEANS 
  TO SECURE GRADUATE EDUCATION...” 
                                           
                                                                                                                                                                            LETTER OF H. HOOVER TO L. DELACROIX,
BELGIAN PRIME MINISTER (1919)
 

The B.A.E.F. Exchange Fellowship Program has been instrumental in instilling in the American and Belgian Fellows a deep respect and appreciation for the other's country and people. As a result a spirit of friendship and cooperation has permeated their dealings with each other in political or academic exchanges, in the arts and in the world of trade and economics.
Needless to say, this was one of Herbert Hoover's aims when he established the B.A.E.F. in 1920.  It was his belief and hope that the common cause of higher education would continue and strengthen the warm friendship, that existed between Belgium and the United States at that time, as a result of the humanitarian aid provided by the Commission for Relief in Belgium (C.R.B.) during World War I.

The first Boat of the 24 Belgian fellows in 1920

the first Boat of the 24 Belgian fellows in 1920

Since its founding in 1920 by President Herbert Hoover, the B.A.E.F. has provided more than 3,000 Belgians and around 900 Americans with the opportunity for a period of advanced study or research in the partner country.

Under the stewardship of Prof. Emile Boulpaep, present president since 1977, the total assets of the Foundation is continuously increasing allowing a substantial growth of the fellowship programs.

Prof. E. Boulpaep

Those who have benefited from the philanthropic endeavors of B.A.E.F., have proceeded to make outstanding contributions to their individual countries. Americans who have had the opportunity to do graduate work in Belgium's prestigious institutions of higher learning, can now be found occupying significant positions in the academic, professional, commercial and industrial fields in the U.S.A., as well as in the arts and the sciences. Likewise, Belgians who have been beneficiaries, have gone on to become Prime Ministers, Ministers of State, distinguished professors and scholars, as well as bankers, lawyers, engineers and businessmen. In addition, those Belgians who chose to remain in the United States after completing their studies, although few in number, occupy important positions in various fields, particularly in the academic world. Six of the fourteen Members of the Board are former Fellows.

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