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Prince Bernhard Scholarships 2023

We congratulate the winners of the Prince Bernhard Scholarship 2023:
Lieke Prins and Pablo Campaña. They will receive a 5,000 euro grant to conduct their innovative fieldwork, and in doing so contribute to social scientific research in Latin America. We wish them good luck with their fieldwork! You can learn more about their research projects here.

“The history of Lago Agrio: the intimacy with the jungle in a petroleum city in
the Amazon, 1969-1989”


“Painting futures: activism and new opportunities in street art in Medellín, Colombia”

The Prince Bernhard Scholarships were established in 1991 by the Foundation “The Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Institute”, on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the late Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The programme has also been financially supported by the University of Utrecht and CEDLA. Each year, depending on the amount of applications, one or two scholarships of 5,000 euros are awarded to promising young researchers from the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, or Latin America.


The scholarships aim to support innovative research carried out in the fields of economic, political, or cultural relations between the Netherlands/Europe and Latin America. At least one of the scholarships will be awarded to a research proposal in the field of sustainability. The proposed sustainability research project should be related to social, legal, economic or environmental aspects of the following topics:

• Climate change
• Biological mechanisms and changes
• Energy for sustainable development
• Land use dynamics and land use planning
• Ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation


The selection of the scholarship winners will be decided upon by a Scientific Board, consisting of:
Dr. Christien Klaufus (CEDLA/University of Amsterdam), Chair
Carolina Valladares (PhD candidate, CEDLA)
Prof. dr. Patricio Silva (Leiden University)
Dr. Gery Nijenhuis (Utrecht University)
Prof. dr. Kees Koonings (University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University)

The research proposals will be evaluated on scientific relevance, its innovative aspects, the research method and planning and its feasibility. The scholarships will be officially awarded by Prince Bernard’s grandson, Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, during an award ceremony that will be scheduled in May 2023.


The ceremony will be attended by the Board of the Foundation, as well as by the members of the Scientific Board, authorities of CEDLA, and the ambassadors of Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal. During this ceremony the winners of the Prince Bernhard Scholarships are expected to give a short presentation on their research project.

For further questions please contact CEDLA’s secretariat at 
or +31 20 525 3498.

May 28

Cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.


We welcome applications for the Prince Bernhard Scholarship 2022-2023. The deadline has been extended to 15 February 2023.

Excellent PhD Students and graduate students (intending to do a PhD) from The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Latin America affiliated to a Dutch university are invited to submit an application.


Requirements for Eligibility

• Candidates must submit a research proposal for a three month research project that makes a valuable contribution to the international economic, political, or cultural relations between the Netherlands/Europe and Latin America.

• Candidates are supposed to master either the Spanish or Portuguese language, as they will have to present their research proposal in Spanish or Portuguese during the ceremony for the award of the scholarships.


The application should include:

• A research proposal in English. Besides an outline of the project, the research proposal itself (max. 4,000 words) should include a clear description of the intended method, a short bibliography, an estimation of the costs to be incurred and the expected results.

• Letter of recommendation by a professor, or senior researcher.

• C.V.

• Proof of affiliation to Dutch university (either a proof of registration or a diploma)



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