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OPEN CALL for 2024
Deadline for applications 15 April

Slicher van Bath de Jong Foundation for the advancement of study and research on the history of Latin America 

Professor Dr. B. H. Slicher van Bath, who died in 2004 and in life was a member of KNAW –The Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences – and emeritus professor at the universities of Groningen, Leiden, Wageningen and Nijmegen, has bequeathed a legacy by testament to CEDLA in his name and that of his wife J.P. de Jong, who died in 2009. The aim of the Fund is to advance the study and research on the history of Latin America from 1500 to 1940 by providing financial support for the historical research of scholars (preferably younger than 35 years of age). Those students eligible for this scholarship are studying history and preparing for their PhD or have recently obtained an equivalent degree, and are verifiably working on further research. It is further required that they are linked to a university in either Europe or in Latin America.


The term Latin America pertains to the region that covers the countries in the Americas where Spanish or Portuguese are the official languages. The scholarship is meant for research activities such as archival research or study in various libraries that is to be carried out in the year after the scholarship has been awarded. The recipient receives 75 per cent of the scholarship following acceptance of the award, and the remainder after a final report has been submitted and approved. Each year the Slicher van Bath de Jong Fund offers at least four research scholarships with a maximum of €10,000 each.

The selection of the scholarship winners will be decided upon by a Scientific Board, consisting of:

Prof. M. Baud - CEDLA/University of Amsterdam
Prof. G.J. Oostindie - KITLV/ Leiden University
Dr. S. Valdivia Rivera - Latin American studies/Leiden University


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Applications may be written in Dutch, English or Spanish and should contain the following elements:

1. A description of your research, including the planning and budget; specify which part and for what exact aim the scholarship, if awarded, would be used (max 2000 words)

2. A short Curriculum Vitae (Résumé)

3. A letter of recommendation from the supervisor of this research


Researchers accredited with these scholarships are expected to present their research to CEDLA, by submitting one or more results of their research, preferably in the form of publications. All publications as a result of this scholarship  shall acknowledge this scholarship’s support.

Applications can be send to

Also for more information contact or call +31 20 525 3498


Karolyna de Paula Koppke

Cross the Atlantic and Rebuild Time: a Study on the Teaching of History for Architects in Two American Capitals [1854-1864]

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Carla Cisternas Guasch

Exploring the Origins of Ad Hoc Advisory Committees: A Historical Assessment of Expert Commissions in Chile, 1890-1930

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Christian Tym

Whose Savagery? 

An Archival Investigation into the Shrunken Head Trade in Ecuadorian Amazonia


Bernard Hendrik Slicher van Bath was born in 1910 and died in 2004. In 1941 he married Jacoba Petronella de Jong (1918-2009). Slicher was educated as a historian and archaeologist in Groningen and Utrecht. In 1945 he received his doctorate cum laude in Amsterdam on Mensch en land in de middelleeuwen. Bijdrage tot een geschiedenis der nederzettingen in Oostelijk Nederland (Man and Land in the Middle Ages. A Contribution to the History of Settlements in Eastern Netherlands). He became Rijksarchivaris (head of the Public Record Office) in Overijssel soon after that. He made the most of this position by doing research on the history of the province. In 1957 he published Een samenleving onder spanning. Geschiedenis van het platteland in Overijssel (A Society under Pressure. Agrarian History of Overijssel). He continued to work on the agrarian history of this province as well other areas of the Netherlands and Europe until 1970. In 1960 he published the authoritative De agrarische geschiedenis van West-Europa (500-1850) (The Agrarian History of Western Europe, A.D. 500-1850), which he had written at the request of the editors of the Cambridge Economic History of Europe. It was translated into English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese and brought him international recognition. He was professor of Economic History at the University of Groningen and Chair of Agrarian History at the University of Wageningen. Under his direction, a series of studies on the socio-economic history of rural areas in parts of the Netherlands and elsewhere was initiated. By 1950 Slicher had also developed an interest in Latin American history. In 1951 he began giving lectures in Wageningen on the history of the continent. His two-year position as guest professor at the University of Chicago (1967 and 1968) finally gave him the chance to travel in Latin America. The European regional agrarian history that he had researched for so many years became less and less interesting to him, now he wanted to begin a research programme on Latin America. In 1972 he resigned, and 30 years of studying Europe’s agrarian history ended.

Two years later, Slicher became the director of CEDLA, where he worked closely with the historian Adrian van Oss, who passed away at a young age (1947-1984). This was the beginning of the next thirty years of scholarly research – much of which was carried out after he retired. In these productive years he published five lengthy books: Spaans Amerika

omstreeks 1600 (1979) [Spanish America around 1600], and recently published in Spanish (2010); Bevolking en economie in Nieuw-Spanje (ca 1570-1800) (1981) [Population and economy in New Spain (ca 1570-1800)]; Real hacienda y economía en Hispanoamérica (1541-1820) (1989) [Royal treasury and economy in Spanish America (1541-1820)]; Indianen en Spanjaarden: een ontmoeting tussen twee werelden. Latijns Amerika 1500-1800 (1989) [Indians and Spaniards: an encounter between two worlds. Latin America 1500-1800]; and De bezinning op het verleden in Latijns Amerika, 1493-1820: auteurs, verhalen en lezers (1998) [Reflection on the Past in Latin America, 1493-1820: Authors, Stories and Readers]. He was appointed Endowed Professor in the History of Latin America at Leiden University (1976-1981) and at the Catholic University of Nijmegen – now Radboud – in 1983 as the L.J. Rogier Chair in the History of Latin America. His collaboration with Van Oss was centred on an integral historiography of Latin America. The quantitative methodology he applied was very similar to the approach he had used in the previous decades for his research on the agrarian history of Europe. However, because the two researchers now aspired to write an integral or holistic historiography, a broader scope was covered that included culture, science, art, church and religion, government, and politics. His last book De bezinning op het verleden in Latijns Amerika (A reflection on Latin America’s past), on which he worked almost daily for eight years, concerns an interpretation of the historiography of Latin America.

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