Stichting voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek van de Tropen en Ontwikkelingslanden (WOTRO)

Name translated in English

Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research

Postal address

P.O. Box 93120
2509 AC The Hague
The Netherlands

Visiting address

Laan van Nieuw Oost Indië 300
2593 CE Den Haag


+31 (0)70 34 40 763


+31 (0)70 38 19 874




The main mission of WOTRO is the enhancement of the (quality of) scientific research in tropical regions and developing countries. The co-operation with developing countries not only leads to transfer of scientific knowledge, but increasingly to the capacity building in the framework of mutual research projects and programmes. Approximately half of the WOTRO budget is spent on development-related research.


WOTRO was founded in 1964, to replace the smaller foundations WOSUNA (Scientific research for Surinam and the Netherlands Antilles) and WONG (Scientific research in Netherlands New Guinea). It was linked to the Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Scientific Research (ZWO), which was replaced by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in 1988.

WOTRO is engaged in the promotion and co-ordination of research in tropical and developing countries, with the emphasis on environmental research, tropical medicine, urban deprivation and cultural identity and change. WOTRO also aims at transfering scientific knowledge and building capacity in developing countries by co-operating with them in mutual research projects.

The responsibility for WOTRO lies with an Executive Board, which is supported by advisory committees (for individual projects) and programme committees (for integrated programmes).


WOTRO supports:


  • individual research projects of Dutch post-doc and PhD-researchers;
  • individual PhD-projects of researchers from developing countries;
  • integrated multi-disciplinary research programmes;
  • short visits abroad by Dutch researchers in the framework of ongoing research projects.


The financial means for these supporting activities are provided by NWO and by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Moreover, WOTRO provides services for third-party research activities, among others:

  • IDPAD (Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternatives in Development). An bilateral research programme of the Netherlands and India, focused on social sciences;
  • SHARED (Scientists for Health And Research for Development), with many partners in the North and in the South;
  • 'Teluk Banten' programme of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. An Integrated Coastal Zone Management Study in Indonesia (1996-2001).


  • Colour leaflet with a concise overview of WOTRO's activities
  • A subsidy guide 2004/2005, providing the guidelines for the different WOTRO fellowships
  • Annual report of WOTRO, 2003

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