Support PhD students and young researchers with the LEB Foundation

The LEB Foundation stimulates environmental sciences and developments in agriculture by financing the activities of students and young researchers active in agricultural research and environmental sciences at Wageningen University and Research.

The foundation ‘Fund Agricultural Export Bureau 1916-1918’ was created on 15 June 1918 with the goal ‘to promote agricultural sciences and all related trade in its entirety.’

The past years, the LEB Fund accepted an average of 60 requests per year. These varied from study trip financing for congress participation to organising scientific meetings/courses in the Netherlands. This is a substantial contribution for the development and international exposure of our young scientists.

Examples of Activities

  • give a presentation at an international congress
  • study trips by groups of PhD students
  • specialistic training abroad

    Target Group

    • PhD students of WUR
    • Junior scientists without permanent employment and affiliated to WUR
    • Researchers at WUR from developing countries with limited financial support

      Experience of a PhD student

      Ir. Soutrik Basu was given the opportunity to present his paper at the International Conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services in Nairobi, Kenya, held from 15-18 November 2011.  Soutrik is a PhD Researcher Critical Technology at Wageningen UR.

      “I had the opportunity to present my paper during the international conference on Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2011. I felt a great sense of recognition for my work by being able to share my research at this international platform. During the conference, I was also able to meet excellent scientists, researchers, policymakers, journalists and NGO-staff who were working on similar themes. These meetings made a strong impression on me.

      It was an interesting experience to share my presentation; while people posed critical questions they also showed signs of appreciation. This motivated me to conduct my research even better in the future. Finally, I visited different Kenyan villages which gave the whole experience an extra dimension.

      I am very grateful to the LEB Foundation for its support. From experience, I know that the LEB Foundation efforts give young researchers a great impulse to present their research at an international level. This wonderful experience, being able to visit and participate at a conference, would have been impossible without funding from the LEB Foundation.”

      During Gala dinner with people from WUR (second on the left ir. Soutrik Basu)
      During Gala dinner with people from WUR (second on the left ir. Soutrik Basu)

      LEB Foundation in figures

      In 2014, 60 applications were received. Of these applications, three were rejected. The majority of the applications fell into category A. A total of almost € 60,000 was awarded.


      Members of the board are appointed for five years. The board members are volunteers and receive no financial compensation. The current board exists of:

      • Prof. Dr. Ir. Ivonne Rietjens, chair
      • Prof. Dr. Wim Heijman, treasurer/secretary

      Other members:

      •     prof. dr. Marcel Dicke
      •     prof. dr. ir.Imke de Boer
      •     prof. dr. ir. Remko Uijlenhoet

      Treasurer: Mr. Loek Burm

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