Stichting Het Leids Kerkhoven-Bosscha Fonds

The "Leids Kerkhoven-Bosscha Fonds" (LKBF) was founded in 1954, in order to support astronomical research in general, and in particular research in collaboration with the Bosscha Observatory in Indonesia.

The LKBF provides support to astronomers working at one of the Dutch astronomical institutes, for participation in conferences and workshops, work visits etc. The LKBF also subsidizes part of the printing costs of astronomical Ph.D. theses defended at one of the Dutch Universities. In addition, the LKBF provides financial support to the Bosscha Observatory in Lembang (Indonesia). Please note that the LKBF does NOT support observing trips. Also note that, for requests in the context of technical and instrumentation projects, a direct relation with the astronomical use must be demonstrated.

The present membership of the Board of the LKBF is: A. Achterberg, B. Baud, J. Brinchmann (secr.), M. Franx, M. Hogerheijde, L. Kaper, H. van Langevelde (vz), M. Oort, S. Trager.

The Board of the LKBF meets 2 times per year to discuss the requests and to allocate subsidies. Information about deadlines for submission is available at 'Submission of subsidy requests'.

Subsidies are subject to the following regulations:

  1. In general, LKBF expects the institute of the applicant, meeting-organizers etc. to provide a contribution at least the same as that of LKBF.
  2. Only requests for future travel are eligible. Travel that has already started is not eligible for a subsidy.
  3. Subsidy requests are personal and subsidies cannot be transfered. If, for whatever reason, you cannot use the subsidy, it should be returned to the LKBF and the secretaris/penningmeester should be notified without delay.
  4. Starting 1-1-2012 applicants can receive no more than 1 subsidy for a conference visit per calendar year. Subsidies for other types of travel do not have yearly limits.
  5. Use the electronic form at to send a subsidy request.

Claiming the subsidy

In general you should claim your grant with your institute. The details of doing so are given in the email awarding your grant.

Secretariaat Leids Kerkhoven-Bosscha Fonds:

Dr. J. Brinchmann
Postbus 9513
2300 RA Leiden
tel. 071-5278470/5275737