The objective of the Prince Claus Chair is to continue the work of Prince Claus (1926-2002) in development and equity by establishing a rotating Chair.
Since the Chair was established in January 2003, Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam have alternately appointed an outstanding young academic from a developing country to the Prince Claus Chair. The objective is to advance research and teaching in the field of development and equity.
A candidate for the Chair will be nominated by the Curatorium
As of 20 May 2014 the Curatorium is chaired by Professor Louise Gunning-Schepers. She has taken over the reins from Her Majesty Queen Máxima who will continue to be involved with the Prince Claus Chair in her new role as Patron.
Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam are honoured that Queen Beatrix has agreed in 2002 to naming the Chair after the Prince.