The Foundation subsidizes special academic chairs. In the past this has been done in order to create a chair for Persian in Leiden University. This chair, which was held by Prof. Dr. J.T.P. de Bruijn, has been taken over by Leiden University. More recently the Foundation subsidized the special chair of Berber Studies and South-Semitic Linguistics in Leiden University, which was held by Prof. Dr. H.J. Stroomer.