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.


New chair Solberg-Verlinden

In June 2020, a new special chair was set up at Maastricht University, in which specific instruments will be developed and implemented for the assessment of social-emotional abilities from scholars between 10 and 14 years old. This special chair will be administered by the University Fund Limburg/SWOL and will be coordinated for at least 5…

‘‘I truly enjoyed every moment I spent’’

Last year, Chiagozie Nneoma Dan-Nwankwo from Nigeria received a scholarship from the Elizabeth Strouven Foundation, in order to study the master’s programme Global Health at Maastricht University. She graduated this autumn, so it is time for a lookback. What has her study time been like in Maastricht? How did the scholarship contribute to her ambitions?…

Congratulations to Aylin Güney!

She received this year’s Jo Ritzen scholarship, which is intended for talented French first generation students who wish to study the bachelor’s programme LLB European Law School at Maastricht University. The scholarship is offered in collaboration with the UM Scholarship Office and our fund. Aylin: ‘‘This scholarship allows me to focus on my goals and…

‘‘To create digital art, you do not have to be a good drawer’’

During the opening ceremony of the UM Academic Year 2020/2021, Professor Eric Mazur stated that higher order thinking skills like creativity are probably the most important thing to focus on during this 21st century. Student Marjorie Platero completely agrees with him. A few months ago, she even received a grant from the University Fund Limburg/SWOL…

ENGIE first participant of UM Partner Programme

As of 1 September, we will bring ENGIE, market leader in technical services, closer to Maastricht University! ENGIE will be the first participant of our UM Partner Programme, in which we will strengthen the relationships between companies and the university even more. “At ENGIE we love to contribute in research and education on themes regarding…

”I absolutely enjoyed this master’s programme!”

Dreams came true for Janique Hupperetz! Thanks to the Jan de Limpens Foundation, in cooperation with our fund, she had the opportunity to follow the master’s programme Biobased Materials at Maastricht University. The recent graduate shares her experiences and future plans in this article. ‘‘I was born and raised at my parent’s agricultural farm. Growing…

Annual report 2019

We proudly present the annual report 2019 of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL. In 2019, we took important steps towards building new bridges between society and academic talent, ambitions and knowledge. You can read the annual report via this link.  

Peter Thijssen Fund: mission completed!

In November 2019, the closure congress of the Peter Thijssen Fund took place. This congress marked the end of the activities carried out by this Named Fund. The fund was set up to honour Peter Thijssen, director of ING Limburg. It aimed to support research and initiatives within Maastricht University to promote financial integrity. The…

Data science award winners give update

In March 2020, Suzanne van Bronswijk, Nalan Baştürk, Dyllis van Dijk and Frenk Peeters won the UM Data Science Competition. The award, valued at € 5,000, was sponsored by our fund. What happened after the award ceremony? Here’s an update! Currently, the winners are in the midst of their project ‘Treatment dropout in depression: development…

Help UM students in financial trouble due to corona!

At the moment, some students of Maastricht University barely have enough money to cover their basic needs, such as shelter and food. The companies where they had student jobs are closed, and for some of them existing provisions by the state are inadequate and their parents are not in a position to help. In fact,…

How are you?

In these times of anxiety, uncertainty and social distance, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL would like to remind all its donors/stakeholders that they are not alone during this coronavirus outbreak. If you have any questions or if we can be of any help, please let us know! We are still there for you. Together with Maastricht…

Cancellation Maastricht University Dinner

After consultation with chair Theo Bovens, we hereby inform you that the annual Maastricht University Dinner will be cancelled due to the corona virus. The event was planned for 1 April 2020. Because of the recent developments regarding the spread of the corona virus in the Netherlands, Premier Mark Rutte announced new measures during a…


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.