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Emile Francqui
Fondation d’Utilité Publique  –  Stichting van Openbaar Nut

Francqui Chair


On proposal of the Universities, the Francqui Foundation attributes each year some « Francqui Chairs ». These are created to invite a Professor of another Belgian University, to teach ten hours (comprising the Inaugural Lesson). These hours are not considered as part of the program but more as a complement. The Chairs offer the added value of fostering academic exchanges in Belgium.

The Universities themselves invite the owner of a Francqui Chair. The Francqui Foundation pays to the titular of such a Chair, fees for ten teaching hours. The hours can be distributed at the Professor’s best convenience. It is foreseen that the lessons should be given during the academic year. These Chairs cannot be postponed till the next academic year.

Internationalization of the Francqui Chair : Two Chairs are awarded to each complete University of our country. The Board of Directors decided (7th February 2008) that one, and only one of  those both Chairs could be awarded to a foreign personality (attached to an foreign Institution, but preferably European for practical reasons).

A limited number of Chairs is foreseen for University Institutions which are not Complete Universities. The Institution can benefit from a Francqui Chair as long as the quorum of Chairs is not exceeded. As it is necessary to make a selection in this case, the deadline for these applications is September 15.

The fees for each owner of a Chair amount 6.000 euros.


File a submission

There is no limit in the time to introduce appplications for the Francqui Chairs. In order to allow an smooth proceeding of these Chairs, it is nevertheless strongly advised to introduce the applications for an academic year before the beginning of this last, thus preferably before September 15.

Are requested for the application :

  1. Full curriculum vitae incl. date and place of birth of the candidate.
  2. A list of publications

These applications will be sent to the Francqui Foundation in hard copy AND electronically.