One year, One country, One project … and you!
If you’re keen to kickstart your international career, the Prince Albert Fund might be just the challenge you need. Essentially, it’s your chance to manage a one-year business project for a Belgian company outside Europe, 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.
IN A NUTSHELL
We’re not offering you a traineeship. We’re enabling you to develop your own fully-fledged international project, so the application criteria are demanding. To be chosen for a Grant you must have two to three years’ professional experience, be 30 or younger, 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. You will be able to choose your own project and destination at this stage, either an opportunity from one of our candidate companies, or from your own contacts.
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.
Find out more about what a Prince Albert assignment can look like through our alumni testimonials.
The Prince Albert Fund runs info sessions for potential candidates once 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.
We look for talented highly motivated young professionals who need to fulfill the following criteria to apply. The candidate who can apply:
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Application is only possible online once a year during the application period, this year between November 10th 2017 to January 16th 2018. Don’t miss the deadline!
Remember: You can always save your unfinished application form provisionally and complete it later (deadline: January 16th 2018, at midnight).
You’ll find the selection schedule below. Please note that no changes can be made to the dates. So if you cannot make it for the Jury in March in Brussels or join us for the training in April, do not apply this year.
Do remember, if you are selected you will need to start your project between June 1st 2018 and January 31st 2019.
|November 10th 2017||Applications open.|
|November 20th 2017||Open house session for candidates to meet the alumni at the KBF offices. (Brederode 21, 1000 Brussels) at 7pm. Please register online at www.kbf-frb.be as of September 12th (limited seats available).|
|January 16th 2018||Applications close at midnight|
|March 6th 2018||Candidates receive feedback on whether or not they are invited to the interview|
|March 16th 2018||Interviews of the invited candidates at King Baudouin Foundation offices in Brussels.|
|April 20-21st 2018 and May 18th 2018||3 full days of training for selected candidates and company presentations|
A Prince Albert Fund Grant is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. About 20 candidates are selected per year, all of them outstanding individuals. For the selection process, the Fund relies on the expertise of a specially chosen committee made up of experts in international business, in HR, and alumni of the Fund. The selection committee is chaired by Pieter Timmermans, Managing Director of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO-FEB).
In the first round, your application will be reviewed on paper by 3 members of the selection committee who check whether your profile, experience and aspirations are within the Fund’s scope and answer the selection criteria. They rank the candidates based on the criteria given below.
Please note that no feedback is given to candidates after this first round.
The 60 best candidates are invited for interviews (second round) and will meet the members of the selection committee in person during a 30 minutes discussion. All interviews take place on the same day in Brussels. At the end of the day, the committee members deliberate to make a joint decision on which applicants will be awarded a grant.
The Jury’s selection is based on the following criteria:
Training and coaching
The Fund invests in a personal learning curve for the selected candidates which includes specific training and coaching.
Training and orientation course attendance is mandatory – fail to turn up and you’ll lose your Grant :-(!
Training before departure
After your selection, you will be invited to attend a few training days. (see “how to apply” for dates)
We first provide a session where all practical information about the Grant will be explained and where we will introduce you to our leadership training.
You will then follow a tailor made workshop during 2 days. During those days you will focus on two main topics: how to learn to lead yourself and how to lead others. We will touch as well on intercultural skills and project leadership skills that you will need during your year abroad.
A last day is organised where you will be coached to help you select the appropriate project for you and will have the opportunity to meet with the companies that offer projects to our candidates.
Through the Training program, the Prince Albert Fund intends to help young professionals develop critical personal and intercultural intelligence abilities.
Training weekend upon return
When you will return from your assignment, we expect you to join us for a 1 day session where you will have a chance to exchange with your fellows and deepen the learning in leadership skills and interculturality.
This workshop aims to draw on the experiences and learning of the participants during their assignments abroad, and will build and expand on the topics presented in the workshops and interventions the participants received before and during their assignments abroad.
Each candidate needs to connect with a PAF alumni who will help her/him in following up her/his project during the search for a project but also during the year. We will help you identify an alumni who has experience in a field/country/sector you are interested in.
This person will help you outline your project better and will be a ressource person during the year.
Do I need to have a business degree?
You need to have a master’s degree to apply. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in business but you should have a demonstrable interest in the business world. Prince Albert Fund Alumni include those with degrees in Business, Commercial Engineering, Law, other Engineering, Philology, Architecture, Languages, Sciences etc.
I’m over 30, can I still apply?
Sorry no! You can apply if you are still 30 at the date of the Jury.
The Prince Albert Fund invests in the careers of young potentials at the point where we believe it will be of most value to candidates’ futures.
Do I need to have any professional experience?
Yes. In addition to your master’s degree you need a minimum of 2 to 3 years professional experience
Do I need to be fluent in English?
Absolutely! English is the principal language of international business language. You should also be prepared to learn the local language of your project.
Do I need to present a project when I apply?
No. The Prince Albert fund has a selection of projects you may choose from that have been proposed by companies expanding abroad. Alternatively, your own contacts and interests may form the basis of a project you may wish to propose. Either is fine with us, we appreciate professionals who have the enthusiasm and maturity to start a project for a company of their choice.
Can the host company be the company I am currently working for?
No. The point of the Prince Albert Fund is to give you a new opportunity in a new environment.
When do I start working for the project and company I select?
Once you have been selected you can start looking for the company and project of your choice. After a validation of the project by the Prince Albert Fund, a contract will be established between the company and the Prince Albert Fund and between you and the Prince Albert Fund. You then have to organize your stay there (housing, travel, visa, etc). Don’t forget to take into account the time you will need to leave your previous job, if applicable. Before you leave for your mission abroad, you’ll also have to follow the leadership training.