What is it ?!


One year, one country, one project… and you

If you’re keen to kickstart your international career, the Prince Albert Fund could be just the challenge you need. Essentially, it’s your chance to manage a one-year business project for a Belgian company abroad, giving you invaluable business and inter-cultural experience, as well as accelerating your international career as a member of a select network of the Fund’s alumni.

We’re not offering you a traineeship. We’re enabling you to develop your own fully-fledged project management role, so the application criteria are demanding. To be chosen for a Grant you must have three years’ professional experience, be under 30, hold a Master’s degree in a relevant subject, be keen to take on new professional challenges, and be able to demonstrate your talent and motivation.

You don’t need a project to apply – the first thing we look at is the quality of your candidature as an individual. We do this at an interview stage, with a specially selected panel at the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels.

Once you’re selected as a candidate, you’ll receive a number of training and coaching sessions. Here, you’ll be able to choose your own project and destination, either an opportunity from one of our candidate companies, or from your own contacts. Obviously, it’s best to choose a project that’s in a sector which offers real career development potential for you. 

And then you’ll be off – one year, one country, one project, and it’s up to you to make it work. Hand in a successful project report at the end of your mission and you have a chance to become a Prince Albert Fund Laureate, a distinction that carries real recognition in the world of international Belgian business.

Info sessions

The Prince Albert Fund runs info sessions for potential candidates twice a year at the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels. If you’re interested in finding out more and meeting Fund alumni, register here for the next session.

Practical details:

  • A 12-month business development assignment with a Belgian company working outside Europe
  • Tax-free compensation of €25,000 granted by the Prince Albert Fund

Mission milestones: 

  • Prior to departure, you’ll attend a 3-day training session developed specifically for you. 
  • A maximum of one month at the host company in Belgium to prepare your project. 
  • At least 11 months abroad conducting the project for the host company. 
  • After 5 months abroad, you hand in your first report.
  • At the end of your project, you hand in your evaluation which will be reviewed by the Steering Committee. Based on the reports and the feedback of the company, the board awards participants the title of “Laureate of the Prince Albert Fund“.
  • Upon your return to Belgium, you attend a feedback session organized by the Fund.

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