Our partners and sponsors

The organizations below sponsor the Fulbright grants and/or support other activities of the Fulbright Commission.

Ministerie van Education, Culture and Science

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science works to create a smart, skilled and creative environment in the Netherlands. Its mission is to ensure that everyone gets a good education and is prepared for responsibility and independence. The Ministry also wants people to enjoy the arts, and aims to create the right conditions for teachers, artists and researchers to do their work.


United States Department of State

On behalf of the American people we promote and demonstrate democratic values and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.


Netherland-America Foundation

Founded in 1921, the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) is the leading bilateral foundation initiating and supporting high-impact exchange between the Netherlands and the United States, including the NAF-Fulbright Fellowships and programs in the arts, business, public policy and historic preservation. NAF activities provide donors and recipients with access to a broad network of educational, cultural and business organizations that exemplify Dutch and American excellence in a number of disciplines.


Holland America Friendship Foundation

The Holland America Friendship Foundation was established in 2004 for the purpose of further strengthening the friendly ties between the Netherlands and the United States of America through exchanges in the educational and cultural field. The HAFF has accomplished its goals through fundraising, primarily through the bi-annual gala dinner Night of the Stars. Thanks to the generous friends of the Night of the Stars, which include some 100 prominent companies and individuals, many young Dutch and Americans have been able to enjoy educational and cultural exchange programs.


Ivy Circle

The Ivy Circle, founded in 2008, strives to create and sustain an active community in the Netherlands of alumni of leading North American universities and business schools. Ivy Circle member alumni clubs are encouraged to share their events with alumni of other member clubs, so that the Ivy Circle can develop and maintain an active calendar of alumni events. The Ivy Circle network has grown to 20 member alumni clubs representing a few thousand alumni living in the Netherlands.


Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen

The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities was established in 1752 by seven distinguished burghers of the city of Haarlem, in the then Republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, in order to promote science (in the broadest sense, including the ‘arts’). It is the oldest learned society in the country today and is constituted as a dual body comprising approximately 380 science promoters (known as directors) and about 480 scholars (known as members), drawn from the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. Links with institutions outside the Netherlands are maintained – on a personal basis – by the appointment of foreign members, currently numbering about 40 persons. Thanks to its unusual structure, the Society can act as an effective meeting place for leading persons from within and outside academia. It is also in a unique position to provide independent judgement in many fields and does this by serving in the review process for a number of prestigious awards and fellowships. The awards and scholarships are financed by donations from companies, foundations, funds and societies.


The John Adams Institute

The John Adams Institute provides an independent podium for American culture in the Netherlands. It has brought the best and the brightest of American thinking from the fields of literature, politics, history, technology and the arts to the Netherlands for the past three decades. What happens in the US is of continuing relevance for the rest of the world, and it provides a window onto that.


Tjallingh Roorda Foundation

The Tjallingh Roorda Foundation was established in 2000 with the following objectives:

  • Promoting research and the dissemination of information on metabolic diseases, in particular Leigh’s disease, to young children, as well as supporting these children and their parents or guardians, to enable treatment of this disease and/or care.
  • Promoting exchanges between the Netherlands and the United States of America in the field of education, science, culture and sports, with regard to young people aged 27 and under.


Elsevier B.V.

Elsevier is a global information analytic business that help institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier helps researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues, and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. It helps governments and universities evaluate and improve their research strategies. It helps doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers, and supports nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers. Elsevier’s goal is to expand the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of humanity.


New Netherlands Research Center

Opened to the public in November 2010, the New Netherland Research Center is located in the New York State Research Library. It provides a permanent location where students, educators, scholars, and researchers worldwide can access translations of early Dutch colonial manuscripts and a vast library of early documents, books, and reference works that tell the fascinating story of the Dutch global reach during the American colonial period and its lasting impact on today’s world.


American Friends of the Mauritshuis

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is internationally known as one of the most important collections of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. Its conservation studio has demonstrated a commitment to technical research and advanced training opportunities. The University of Amsterdam is the only university in The Netherlands offering a study program in Conservation and Restoration (consisting of nine specializations). The research and restoration of objects are core aspects of the program. This grant is sponsored by the American Friends of the Mauritshuis.The purpose of the grant is to provide advanced training, research and education opportunities in paintings conservation. The grant will focus on the study, examination and treatment of works of art in the collection of the Mauritshuis, in combination with a tailor made study program at the University of Amsterdam. The grantee will gain practical experience and knowledge treating paintings in the conservation studio of the Mauritshuis, under the supervision of the conservators of the museum. The grantee will participate in workshops, (informal) lectures, symposia and other events at the university. During the grant period, research will not only include paintings in the Mauritshuis collection, but also pictures in other Dutch and/or European institutions.


Terra Foundation for American Art

The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.


The Fulbright Commission is also grateful to count a number of Dutch universities and educational institutions as among its partners and sponsors, including: