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.


Better balance thanks to Zweit Veur Leid

175 students, employees and sponsors of Maastricht University participated in Zweit Veur Leid last Sunday. The charity run opened with a spectacular warming up in the Geusselt Stadium and followed a stretch of Maastricht’s green mile. The University Fund Limburg raise funds for a project entitled ‘A Chance for Balance; focusing on people with severe vestibular problems’. Under the…

Zweit Veur Leid: A Chance for Balance

Op 15 januari vindt de 23ste editie van Zweit Veur Leid plaats. Het UM team werkt zich in het zweet voor mensen met een serieuze evenwichtsaandoening. Jij kunt ook iets doen! Schrijf je vandaag nog in voor ons team en begin 2017 gezond, goed en gezellig samen met vrienden en of collega’s en Geef Balans een Kans!

Alumni phonaton

Begin oktober neemt ons studenten belteam contact op met de afgestudeerden van de UM met de vraag of zij de wetenschap aan de UM willen ondersteunen met een donatie.

Monument erected in honour of Dr Sjeng Tans

On Friday 2 September 2016, a monument was unveiled on the square outside the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics – the original home of Maastricht University – in honour of Dr Sjeng Tans. The monument was the initiative of the Dr J. Tans Committee and was created by sculptor Caius Spronken.


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.



The University Fund Limburg provides grants to encourage scientific research and education at UM, promote international cooperation and to strengthen the relationship of the university with the community and local environment.

In the framework of these objectives, the Fund provides grants for scientific projects as well as student activities.

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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.