University Fund Limburg

The mission of University Fund Limburg/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.


Meet scholarship student Nathan Davis Dempsey

Today, 17 November, is the annual Day of the International Student. The perfect moment to put one of our international scholarship students in the spotlight! Last August, Nathan Davis Dempsey from Ireland graduated from the Master’s programme International Business – Sustainable Finance at Maastricht University, made possible by the Candriam Scholarship Programme. The programme makes scholarships…

Mia Keulaerds Scholarship is a fact

Stichting Mia Keulaerds Fonds, Stichting VOOR Parkstad and University Fund Limburg are joining forces to promote equal educational opportunities in the Parkstad region. Last week, the three parties signed the agreement at Obvion’s beautiful office in Heerlen. Not everyone has the opportunity to study: some young people face financial and social barriers. The new program…

Prof. Rob Bauer wins FIR-PRI Award

At the beginning of October, the winners of the 17th edition of the FIR-PRI ‘Finance and Sustainable Development’ Awards were announced. The award-winning projects cover important themes, such as sustainable investing, climate change, and the measurement of ESG. This year, the award for Best Published Article was granted to professors Rob Bauer, Tobias Ruof &…

Chahinda Ghossein named Top Woman Limburg 2022!

Chahinda Ghossein, researcher at UM, has been named Top Woman Limburg 2022 (Topvrouw Limburg 2022). We congratulate her on this wonderful title! It is a well-deserved reward for her valuable scientific and societal work, amongst others for the Queen of Hearts fund, which focuses on research about the impact of complications during pregnancy. The Queen…

New donor system is live

WE ARE LIVE! Our new donor system ‘ENGAGE 365 Fundraising’ is officially LIVE. With this brand new system we can work more efficiently and future-proof and continue to involve, captivate and bind all our donors and other stakeholders. Of course we didn’t just let this ‘historic’ moment pass by and celebrated with cake, even with…

Annual report 2021

We proudly present the annual report 2021 of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL. A great concise overview of our special activities. Read more about, among other things, the Annual Fund campaign, company proposition, crowdfunding campaigns, Named Funds, scholarships and grants. And last but not least… our societal impact! If you would like to know more about…

UM as a charity: national awareness campaign completed

Science is a charity worth supporting! Together with 13 other university funds in the Netherlands, we recently brought this message to the attention of the public in a national campaign via radio commercials and advertisements in Trouw and de Volkskrant. Our part of this campaign focused on preventive and regenerative medicine. This concerned the Healthy…

For Each Other 2021’ campaign successful

In the past months, we have received generous donations to our ‘For Each Other 2021’ campaign. Now that the campaign period is over, we are very happy to inform you that this campaign has raised more than €26,000 in total! It is very inspiring to see more and more people from the UM community, including our alumni,…

New Named Fund: Atoms2Anatomy Fund

The Atoms2Anatomy Fund supports the development of Dr. Sebastiaan Van Nuffel’s research group at Maastricht University. The general aim of this group is the development and application of imaging mass spectrometry techniques in life sciences research and a specific goal is the development of a multi-scale approach to investigate biological models and clinical samples from…

Update: ‘Give to sick children’

From the end of 2019 to March 2020, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL and Pim Martens, Professor of Sustainable Development, held a crowdfunding campaign, officially called “Give to sick children” to raise €12,500. With an amount of €11,525, 92% of this goal has been achieved and we are very pleased about that. What happened in the…

New Named Fund: the Age@Minds Fund

Sjacko Sobczak is a geriatric psychiatrist at Mondriaan and a researcher at Maastricht University. She experienced the kick-off of her new Named Fund on Thursday March 31: the Age@Minds Fund. The new Named Fund was (partly) realized with the proceeds of the successful crowdfunding campaign ‘Give for dignified care without fear’ in 2021. The fund’s…

UM alumnus funds new scholarship programme

The University Fund Limburg/SWOL offers various scholarships to students of Maastricht University (UM). It facilitates this by cooperating with a wide range of organisations and private benefactors. The Fund is pleased to announce that it has recently joined forces with an UM alumnus who wants to start a new scholarship programme called the UM First…


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 University Fund Limburg/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.