University Fund Limburg

The mission of the Limburg University Fund/SWOL is to support scientific research and education at Maastricht University. As one of the cornerstones of a better future for generations to come, science deserves that support.


Record amount raised for Refugee Project Maastricht with Duckrace

On Sunday May 13th, Mother’s Day, the Duckrace took place in the Stadspark Maastricht. Visitors of the race who wanted to buy duck on the day itself came out disappointed. This year the event was sold out completely a day in advance! Good news for the charities and the organizing party Round Table 174. This…

UM alum joins board University Fund

On 11 April last, the board of the Limburg University Fund/SWOL was joined by a new member. Thomas Schok studied Medicine at Maastricht University and is now a surgeon-in-training in the Teaching and Training Region South-East Netherlands (OOR-ZON) (currently at the VieCuri Medical Centre, from 1 July at MUMC+). He has ample experience on boards, having held…

Jos Kievits receives UM Medallion of Honour

On the occasion of his retirement from Maastricht University, on 11 April 2018 the Maastricht University Medallion of Honour was awarded to Jos Kievits, director of Development and Alumni Relations and director of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL. The award recognises his outstanding services to UM, including his dedication to the University Fund and the professionalisation…

Duckrace Maastricht to support war refugees

This year, the annual Duck Race is scheduled to take place on Sunday 13 May. This year, the Refugee Project Maastricht will be one of the main beneficiaries of this charity event, which will be held in the back garden of Maastricht University. Every rubber ducky that bobs through the Jeker on Mother’s Day will…

Innovative Data Science research project wins award

A research project titled ‘Intelligent games for assessing cognitive, social and physical capacities of elderly and children’ was awarded a prize at Maastricht University’s Pre-Dies Natalis symposium ‘The Future of a Data-Driven Society’ held on Thursday. Also at the symposium, Claudia Egher was declared the winner of the ‘visionary essay competition’. The winning project’s  main…

Call for proposals: Science and Future Entrepreneurship

Does your (future) project have direct social impact & does it connect science with future entrepreneurship and do you need extra means to go ahead with it? The Alumni Fund (University Fund Limburg) might make it possible to realize these ambitions. Submit your proposal before 23 February! Check the rules of the game here!

Fund invests €140.000 in UM research

In the past year, the University Fund Limburg has provided support to 57 research projects, conferences and other initiatives. Thanks to a total of €140,000 in grants, researchers were able to start their projects, making them better able to compete for larger grants at the national or European level and allowing them to launch initiatives…

Venlo Region extends scholarship programme for UM students

The Venlo Region has promised to invest another €15,000 in a study scholarship programme. The University Fund Limburg is grateful that the eight municipalities* wish to support ambitious and talented students from the region and in doing so contribute to the development of UM’s Venlo campus. The Venlo Region has now funded eight scholarships to…

Back on stage thanks to the balance belt

Thanks to the University Fund Limburg’s participation in Zweit Veur Leid, four patients have been relieved of their balance problems Ms Bongers (66 years old) is over the moon: today is the day when she finally receives her balance belt. Four years ago, her life changed dramatically when she experienced a balance disorder, most likely…

New fund for Women’s Studies

With the recent establishment of the Queen of Hearts Fund, researchers at Maastricht University are putting the focus on women’s health. Precisely because cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of mortality among Dutch women, they deserve our full attention. During pregnancy, which they position as a biological stress test, the researchers will look for…

Saudi Aramco to support study in Biobased Materials by Maastricht University

We are pleased to announce that leading energy and chemicals company Saudi Aramco, is supporting a research programme on the Sustainability of Biobased Materials in a circular economy, at the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM). With Saudi Aramco’s generous donation, Maastricht University is able to establish a Chair that will focus on the Sustainability…

Successful University Dinner

The annual Maastricht University Dinner took place on 19 April. Held in the provincial government building of Limburg, the dinner allows Maastricht University to meet with companies and institutions from Limburg and the southern region of the Netherlands which support and collaborate with the university. The dinner is hosted by the Limburg University Fund/SWOL and…


Science and education are inextricably linked to universities, but also to progress and sustainable developments. From the discovery of DNA and antibiotics to the development of new energy sources and the finding of solutions for the world food problem, science and education provide the building blocks for a better world in the future.

Maastricht University is one of the world’s best universities, and our scientists, researchers and students work on the further and sustainable development of our society for future generations every day.


We undertake these endeavours on your behalf, though we would rather work on them together with you. A gift to Maastricht University is a way to personally contribute to the funding of ground-breaking research, allow UM to attract the best scientists to Maastricht and give students, regardless of their background and origin, an opportunity to study. Your gift, however small, will make a large difference.



Young scientists

The Alumni Fund supports scientific research at UM and focuses mainly on projects with a positive social impact that bring together science and tomorrow’s entrepreneurship.


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Scientific projects

About to start with a particular research project? Are you setting up a special, enduring cooperation between with foreign sister institutions or are you organizing a conference? The fund may help you realize your ambitions!

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Do you have an idea that is beneficial to the student community of Maastricht University? The fund supports activities organized by students for students who are new or special and of lasting significance.

About us

The Limburg University Fund/SWOL originated from the Foundation for Higher Education in Limburg (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs Limburg, abbreviated to SWOL). This foundation stood at the basis of Maastricht University (UM), which developed from the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg.

The University Fund has contributed to Maastricht University as it is now; the most international university in the Netherlands, standing out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. Next to building bridges between academia and industry, the University Fund has continuously played a pivotal role in the realisation of the ambitions of students, researchers and teachers.