In 2024 the Fondation Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach is launching the Phyllis Beddington Wiener Chair at the Université libre de Bruxelles, a new teaching and research chair welcoming, for one or two months, academics from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford working in all fields.

The Foundation can award more than one chair annually.

Applications must be submitted by a full-time permanent member of the ULB academic staff, in their own name or on behalf of a group of ULB academics and researchers.


Chair holders must have a full-time permanent academic position at the University of Cambridge or Oxford and must have received the authorization to be released from their commitments in Oxbridge for the duration of the Chair (one or two months).


Chair holders, invited as Visiting Professor, must spend 1 or 2 months at ULB between 15 September 2025 and 15 September 2026 to work on the proposed research project in collaboration with their ULB colleague(s). They must also give 12 hours of teaching (lectures and/or seminars) and deliver an inaugural or closing public lecture at ULB, aimed at a general audience, on the subject of their research.

Their stay can be divided into two one-month stays.


The Foundation can contribute to the organisation of an international workshop at ULB on the subject of the research, within 12 months of the end of the chair holder’s stay.

This workshop is intended as an opportunity to promote exchanges on the subject of the research.


Chair holders are awarded a non-taxable research grant (£3,500/month of stay) called subside à savant.

Host promoters will have their disposal:

– EUR 3,000/month of stay to cover the chair holder’s travel and accommodation. Travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the host promoters.

– 1,000 EUR/month of stay for research-related operating costs.

If a workshop is organised, the Foundation may finance it up to a maximum of 15,000 EUR.


Applications must be received by Monday 9 September 2024 (noon Belgian time). They will be evaluated by the Scientific Board of the Foundation.

Application guidelines are available by downloading the document below.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Administrative Officer, Andréanne Lafrance, at fwa@ulb.be or + 32 650 27 16 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-1pm CEST).

Guidelines and application form