About the Foundation

The Foundation was initiated by Adriana Bus and Marinus van IJzendoorn in the course of their repeated visits to the University of Zambia at Lusaka (UNZA). Invited by the vice-chancellor of UNZA, at that time professor Robert Serpell, they were informed of the lack of sufficient opportunities for graduate education in child development, education, and family studies.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by members of the university board of both UNZA and Leiden University to cooperate in various ways. The LNF was founded to provide for financial support of prospective African students and faculty who would want to pursue advanced studies in child development and education.

The rules and regulations of the LNF forbid the use of any grant money for financing Dutch scientists’ travels or any other activities in the context of the LNF programme.

The main goal of the LNF is to support (future) African scientists of whom it can be expected that they will contribute to the further development in the fields of child and family studies, pedagogics, education and developmental psychology in their own country after finishing their education and training in and/or through European universities.

Some of the LNF grants and other activities are subsidized by donations of individuals and by the SPINOZA Prize of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research awarded to Marinus van IJzendoorn.

Elsewhere a list of past and current recipients of LNF grants is presented.

Board of the Lolle Nauta Foundation
Leiden, July 2020