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New scholarship programme for the region Maastricht-Heuvelland

‘Education should be accessible for everyone’: with this in mind, Stichting De Ridder and the Limburg University Fund are joining forces. Together they have established the unique De Ridder Foundation Scholarship Programme. The new programme will fund scholarships at Maastricht University for the next three years to provide access to higher education to young people…

For Each Other 2022: off to a great start

Right before the Christmas holidays, the annual campaign For Each Other kicked off. In just a few weeks’ time, we have already raised over €22.000. It has become a tradition at UM to join forces each winter and support important societal projects. Also this year, the UM community is there #foreachother. We are off to…

CoBes grant applications for 2023 are open!

(Scientific) employees at UM with an innovative idea for a teaching/research project or event can apply three times a year to the CoBes committee (Commissie Wetenschappelijke Bestedingen). The deadlines for 2023 are: → Friday 10 February → Friday 19 May → Friday 15 September Click here for more info & conditions. The image shows the…

For Each Other 2022 is live!

The Annual Fund Campaign For Each Other 2022: towards an equal society is live! The University Fund Limburg kindly asks the UM community for a financial contribution to four unique projects, all characterised by a desire for equal opportunities and a healthy future: – Scholarships for equal educational opportunities for young people; – ‘Greening’ project by…

Study story: 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…

Meet scholarship student Nisali Perera

UFL-SWOL managing director Bouwien Janssen had a meeting with 1 of our scholarship students, Nisali Perera and Dr. Corine de Ruiter, professor of Forensic Psychology. De Ruiter is our contact person on behalf of the Prof. W.A. Wagenaar Fund, the grant provider. It is rare for a grant to be provided from a Named Fund,…

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…

Start national campaign University Fund Limburg

A national media campaign by 14 university funds in the Netherlands will start on 21 February. With this awareness campaign we will inform the public about the importance of research and draw more attention to science as a good cause. The campaign consists of advertisements in de Volkskrant and Trouw, radio spots on NPO1 and…

CARIM supports the Queen of Hearts campaign

At the end of 2021, CARIM supported the Queen of Hearts Fund with a wonderful contribution of €25,000. CARIM is the research institute for cardiovascular diseases at Maastricht University. The department stimulates crowdfunding campaigns, and thus the active connection with society. For example, it uses the so-called ‘doubler’ for one campaign every year. CARIM then…

Halfway through the annual fund campaign!

Are You There For Each Other? With this question, we kicked off our annual fund campaign at the end of 2021. In recent weeks, we asked our UM community for a financial contribution for four special, social projects. Our partners have donated almost €16,000 so far. We are very grateful for their support. We have…

Redeat Assefa obtains master’s degree

Last year, Redeat Assefa successfully completed her master’s degree in Global Health at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. The student from Ethiopia was able to attend UM thanks to a scholarship from the Elisabeth Strouven Fund. Redeat Assefa is very grateful for that: “The Elisabeth Strouven scholarship gave me an opportunity to…

Retain talent in the Noord-Limburg region!

With this motto, Mayor Ryan Palmen of the municipality Horst aan de Maas presented two Noord-Limburg Region Scholarships to young talents on 22 December 2021. The scholarships were presented on behalf of the municipalities in the Noord-Limburg region and in the presence of Bouwien Janssen (director of UFL-SWOL) and Greetje Lep (strategic advisor/project leader for…

Grants for students and staff members

Call for all Maastricht University students and staff members! The University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards grants again to innovative and creative (research) projects, activities and events. The application deadlines are 11 February 2022 (staff members) and 25 February 2022 (students). You can find more information on this web page.

Jo Ritzen awards scholarship

Prof. dr. Jo Ritzen officially awarded the Jo Ritzen Scholarship to Thaïs Gautry last week. The funding for this scholarship was raised by alumni, university staff and other sponsors during last year’s annual fund campaign. Many UM employees also donated (a part of) their Christmas gifts to this charity. The Jo Ritzen Scholarship is intended…

Start campaign ‘For Each Other 2021’

Our ‘For Each Other 2021′ campaign is live! In this campaign, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL is seeking contributions to four special UM projects: a new implant for diabetes patients, a scholarship programme for disadvantaged students, sustainability research for a healthy Maastricht, and funding for talented and ambitious researchers. Maastricht University is committed to the important…

Only one week to go…

…until the start of our new campaign ‘For Each Other 2021’ (‘Voor Elkaar’)! We will be asking your contribution to four societal projects at Maastricht University: a new implant for diabetes patients, a scholarship programme for disadvantaged students, sustainability research for a healthy Maastricht, and funding for talented and ambitious researchers. Keep a close eye…

Update: campaign ‘For Each Other 2020’

It has been almost a year since we celebrated the success of our campaign ‘For Each Other 2020’. We would like to give you an update about the four projects of the campaign. What are the project owners up to and what did they do with the acquired financial resources? Here is an overview. Update…

Apply for a student grant

Student initiatives help our university community to thrive.This is why, each year, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL (UFL) provides grants for activities bij and for UM students. Our fund awards grants again to your creative and innovative projects, activities and events. Make sure you apply before 19 November 2021. > More information: Terms, conditions and application…

Professors support young UM scientists

The ‘Hooglerarenfonds’ (Professors’ Fund) has recently completed a successful direct mailing campaign. The aim of this action was to acquire new financial resources to support talented scientists. With a wonderful result. A total of € 17,981 was raised, donated by our UM professors. A part also came from Martin Paul’s farewell. Paul had promoted the…

Apply for a grant:  the Children’s Rights Research Fund

For the first time the Children’s Rights Research Fund will make grants available. The deadline for application is November 15, 2021. The Children’s Rights Research Fund is connected to Maastricht University and the University Fund Limburg (SWOL). It aims at supporting research and education projects in the field of children’s rights by staff and students from…

Grants for students and staff members

Call for all Maastricht University students and staff members! The University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards grants again to innovative and creative (research) projects, activities and events. The application deadlines is 21 May 2021. You can find more information on this web page.

Grants for students and staff members

Call for all Maastricht University students and staff members! The University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards grants again to innovative and creative (research) projects, activities and events. The application deadlines are 17 September 2021 (students) and 24 September 2021 (staff members). You can find more information on this web page.

Newsletter: June 2021

We proudly present the second edition of our renewed digital newsletter. Discover our latest news, events, crowdfunding campaigns, scholarships, and more. Click here for the newsletter.

Discover our history! – Part 6

Assistant Professor Annemieke Klijn wrote an interesting report about the role of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in the establishment of Maastricht University. With her permission, we will present the report to you, divided into six short chapters. This is the sixth and last part. Here are part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5.   A…

Netherlands Diabetes Research Foundation funds UM research

In the coming four years the Netherlands Diabetes Research Foundation will make a sizeable donation to research conducted at Maastricht University. The donation will go to the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, where assistant professor Aart van Apeldoorn and his research group are working on a new, more efficient treatment for type 1 diabetes.…

Discover our history! – Part 5

Assistant Professor Annemieke Klijn wrote an interesting report about the role of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in the establishment of Maastricht University. With her permission, we will present the report to you, divided into six short chapters. This is the fifth part. Here are part 1 and part 2 and part 3 and part 4.   Action! Action! The eighth medical…

Annual report 2020

We proudly present the annual report 2020 of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL. In 2020, we have shown that we are more than capable of adapting to changing circumstances. You can read the annual report via this link.

Discover our history! – Part 4

Assistant Professor Annemieke Klijn wrote an interesting report about the role of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in the establishment of Maastricht University. With her permission, we will present the report to you, divided into six short chapters. This is the fourth part. Here are part 1 and part 2 and part 3.   A divided…

Discover our history! – Part 3

Assistant Professor Annemieke Klijn wrote an interesting report about the role of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in the establishment of Maastricht University. With her permission, we will present the report to you, divided into six short chapters. This is the third part. Here are part 1 and part 2.   A new medical faculty? ”At…

‘For Each Other 2020’ campaign: successful, thanks to you!

Do you remember our fundraising campaign ‘For Each Other’? We are very happy to announce that this campaign has raised more than €29,000 for a ‘corona aftercare instrument’, grants for disadvantaged students, research on youth and nutrition, and an initiative to alleviate loneliness. By means of the video below, our project owners would like to…

Discover our history! – Part 2

Assistant Professor Annemieke Klijn wrote an interesting report about the role of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in the establishment of Maastricht University. With her permission, we will present the report to you, divided into six short chapters. This is the second part. Here is part 1.    The Foundation for Higher Education in Limburg ”New…

Help promising young academics on their way!

In the upcoming weeks, professors of Maastricht University will receive a letter and/or an e-mail about the Professors’ Fund. The Professors’ Fund is a Named Fund managed by the University Fund Limburg/SWOL, UM’s external fundraising body. It supports outstanding research by young academics at Maastricht University. By donating to the fund, our professors give budding…

Discover our history! – Part 1

Assistant Professor Annemieke Klijn wrote an interesting report about the role of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in the establishment of Maastricht University. With her permission, we will present the report to you, divided into six short chapters. This is the first part.   A university in Limburg? ”Maastricht University, initially named State University Limburg, was…

Scholarship Story: Maureen and Joëlle

Maureen Alkema and Joëlle Tillij received a scholarship from the Kanunnik Salden/Nieuwenhof Foundation to study at the University College Maastricht (UCM). How do they like their studies? Are there any highlights so far? And what would they like to say to other future (scholarship) students? Here is a short Q&A.   How do you like…

Grants for staff members and students

Call for all staff members and students of Maastricht University! The University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards grants again to your creative and innovative (research) projects, activities and events. Make sure you apply before 21 May 2021. You can find more information on this webpage.

Crowdfunding Sjacko Sobczak is official charity during Amstel Gold Race

No one less than female cycling team SD Worx is going to support the crowdfunding campaign of Dr. Sjacko Sobczak! Currently, Sjacko is acquiring financial recourses via the platform UM Crowd of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL in order to develop the TRADE-interview, which contributes to dignified care for people who suffer from dementia and PSTD.…

Grant contributes to physics research

How would you spend a grant from our fund? Jacco de Vries, Assistant Professor of Physics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, received funding in 2019. He shares his experiences in a short report.   Jacco: ‘‘Fundamental physics research at Maastricht University started in 2018. An example is the LHCb experiment, in which I…

Scholarship Story: Eva, Ruben and Aylin

Last year, Eva Despesse, Ruben Marchal and Aylin Güney received a Jo Ritzen Scholarship to study at Maastricht University. How do they like their studies? Are there any highlights so far? And what would they like to say to other future (scholarship) students?   Eva (Economics and Business Economics year 3): ‘‘I really like studying…

New scholarship provider: Candriam

The University Fund Limburg/SWOL provides a variety of grants and scholarships to students of Maastricht University (UM). To this end, we cooperate with a wide range of organisations and private benefactors. We are pleased to announce that we have recently joined forces with a new scholarship provider: Candriam.   When studying is not a given…

All about… our scholarships

Did you know that the University Fund Limburg/SWOL offers various scholarships together with partner organisations and private benefactors? Below you receive an overview of our scholarships at this moment. Please click on the links for more information. Jo Ritzen Scholarship Kanunnik Salden/Nieuwenhof Scholarship Noord-Limburg Region Scholarship Jan de Limpens Scholarship Candriam Scholarship These scholarship programmes…

Scholarship Story: Charmayne

‘‘Charmayne, last year you received a scholarship from the Jan de Limpens Foundation in collaboration with our fund, to study the master’s programme Biobased Materials. How do you like it?’’   Charmayne: ‘‘I like this master’s programme very much! I gained my bachelor’s degree in chemical technology at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in…

Apply now for the Amrapali Zaveri Awards

Call for all UM data scientists: apply now for the Amrapali Zaveri Awards for Early Career Data Scientist and for Data Science. These awards are financially supported by our fund. They will be rewarded during the online Women in Data Science Conference on 9 March 2021. Applications are still open, so check the requirements and…

Let’s talk!

How can we create a lifelong bond with the student community of Maastricht University? And how can we encourage them to give back and support the (societal) ambitions of their university? Let’s ask the students themselves! Last week, our senior advisor Guido Vanderbroeck, office and events manager Miranda Klingenstijn and communications officer Milou Schreuders discussed…

Another successful workshop!

‘‘Crowdfunding is not all about funding, but also about marketing and creating (long-term) involvement.’’ It’s one of the takeaway messages from the online ‘Crowdfunding @UM: How to create a successful campaign?’, organised by the Maastricht Platform for Community-Engaged Research. Our senior advisor Guido Vanderbroeck hosted this workshop last week. He was supported by Esther van Barneveld, who set up…

Donor in the spotlights: Davy Pieters

Davy Pieters is alumnus of the School of Business and Economics/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University. What is the story behind his contribution to our ‘For Each Other 2020’ campaign?   Davy: “I look back at my time at Maastricht University with a lot of warm feelings. The UM has formed me…

Happy to host your workshop!

Last week, our director Bouwien Janssen – Kuijpers informed staff members of Maastricht University about commercial communication and relation management. It was a successful online workshop, organised by the Maastricht Platform for Community-Engaged Research/MPCER. You can find more information about the workshop here. And there’s more news. On 28 January 2021, our senior advisor Guido…

We have signed the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge!

As you may know, we are rebuilding our investment portfolio. The new, more sustainable portfolio complies among others with the universal values and standards of the United Nations and the sustainability policy of Maastricht University. To this end, we also recently signed the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge of the not-for-profit organisation Tobacco Free Portfolios. This pledge…

Start campaign ‘For Each Other 2020’

Our ‘For Each Other 2020′ campaign is live! In this campaign, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL is seeking contributions to four special UM projects: a ‘corona aftercare instrument’, grants for disadvantaged students, research on youth and nutrition, and an initiative to alleviate loneliness. Maastricht University is committed to the important tasks of teaching and research, with…

Only a few days to go…

…until the start of our new campaign ‘For Each Other 2020’ (‘Voor Elkaar’)! We will be asking your contribution to four societal projects at Maastricht University: a ‘corona aftercare instrument’, grants for disadvantaged students, research on youth and nutrition, and an initiative to alleviate loneliness. Keep a close eye on your mailbox, social media and www.umcrowd.nl!

Scholarship Story: Mandy, Ilse and Robin

Last year, Mandy Dijcks, Ilse van Lier and Robin van Ophoven received a scholarship from the Regio Noord-Limburg, to study the master’s programme Health Food Innovation Management (HFIM) at Maastricht University (Campus Venlo). They are all graduated by now, so it is time for an update. What are these ambitious young professionals up to?  …

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…

Start campaign ‘For Each Other 2019’

In the ‘For Each Other’ campaign, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL is seeking contributions to four special UM projects: ● Scholarships for disadvantaged students ● An app for research on women with chronic pain ● Plastic recycling machines ● An animal experience room for hospitalised children Maastricht University is committed to the important tasks of teaching…

RSM-Wealer Ronde supports BrainBattle

Proud to announce that the RSM-Wealer Ronde 2019 will financially support the BrainBattle Fund (HersenStrijd)! This is one of our Named Funds. We want to thank the RSM-Wealer Ronde for this beautiful opportunity. Read more about BrainBattle here.

Children’s rights research: e-book

The Children’s Rights Research Fund raises funds for academic research on children’s rights and related educational project. Although we recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children’s rights are grossly violated on a daily basis and on a global scale. The fund currently supports Marieke Hopman’s…

Transgender studies via crowdfunding

Research about transgender individuals is important! Imagine waking up in a body that does not feel like it is yours. Imagine having breasts but not wanting them, or imagine desperately wanting to get rid of your Adam’s apple. Before transitioning, these are daily stressors for trans persons, people whose gender identity is incongruent with their…

Student project UM Crowd is live

The first student project of UM Crowd is a fact! Meet Maddalena Argiropoulos. She aims to research how the lack of a cross-cultural approach in health care leads to a high maternal mortality rate, discrimination and increased health care costs. Into the world: make birth beautiful and safe for everyone. Student project about birth How…

Tombola Queen of Hearts

Do you want to support the Queen of Hearts crowdfunding campaign, but can’t you make it to the charity event on 24 May? Then buy a ticket (€19,57) for our tombola via www.umcrowd.nl. You may win fantastic prizes of Maasmechelen Village, Teazone Maastricht, Weber, designer sunglasses, Lion King musical tickets and more! All donations will…

Minervalia is back in Maastricht!

We cordially invite you to come to the Dominicanen Church from 14 May until 21 July, where the Minervalia will be presented to everyone who is interested in this unique piece of Maastricht cultural heritage! This exposition is possible thanks to the contribution of various donors! The Maastricht University Library organised a crowdfunding campaign in…

Call: subsidies for students

The University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards subsidies to activities for UM-students, organised by UM-students. Specifically, they support interesting, original or innovative activities. Moreover, the activities represent the university and its students at an (inter-)national level. Some examples of activities that already received a subsidy: Taking part in the European Cheerleading Championships 2018 in Helsinki. Organising the…

Crowdsourcing and science workshop

Crowdsourcing, a term coined by Jeff Howe, is when you take a large task, break it down into smaller – micro – pieces and send it out to a large group of people to perform each microtask in parallel for a monetary reward. Microtask crowdsourcing traditionally covers a different set of scenarios. Tasks primarily rely…

Call: subsidies for scientists

The University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards subsidies to projects of UM scientists. So are you a scientist currently organising a congress? A symposium? Or are you in possession of a great research proposal? In addition, does your activity contribute to UM’s international profile and your faculty? Then the University Fund Limburg might help you realise your…

Cyclists with brain damage on life

The Brain Battles Fund (HersenStrijd) is a Named Fund of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL. Brain Battle was founded by the intensive care department of MUMC+ (Dr. Marcel Aries), which carries out research on the treatment of severe brain damage. Because the fund wants to raise awareness about brain damage, it has organised several initiatives, including…

Minervalia halfway home

We have raised enough money by now to bring the Minervalia to Eindhoven (figuratively). 50% of the money we need to take the book to Maastricht is in the pocket! Help us to bring the Minervalia all the way ‘home’. Click here.

Queen of Hearts event: organisation packages

Did you know that the Queen of Hearts charity event offers special packages for organisations? Discover them below. You can find and purchase all packages here. Can’t make it to the event? Contribute via www.umcrowd.nl. Give women a future without cardiovascular disease!

Successful Maastricht University Dinner 2019

‘A nice balance between food, entertainment and conversation.’ That is how Mark Post, professor at Maastricht University, describes the Maastricht University Dinner 2019. This event took place on Wednesday, April 3 at the Province of Limburg (Gouvernement). Mr. Post gave an interesting lecture about ‘healthy, juicy and sustainable regenerative biology’. The University Fund Limburg, which…

Minervalia one step closer to Maastricht

Great news: Maastricht service club Ronde Tafel 179 Maastricht-Charlemagne wants to support our Minervalia project! This financial contribution is possible thanks to the proceeds of the Bassinario event, which is organised by Ronde Tafel 179. Committed to the city, committed to the cultural heritage of Maastricht. Many thanks for your contribution. For more information about…

Project Minervalia is live!

The official launch of the first Maastricht University crowdfunding project is a fact. On March 15, Ingrid Wijk, director of the Maastricht University Library, officially launched the crowdfunding project at the opening of the Maastricht Antiquarian Book and Print Fair in the St. Janskerk on the Vrijthof in Maastricht. What is the Minervalia and why…

UM and crowdfunding: all about it

Making projects possible and showing them on a large stage: that is crowdfunding in a nutshell. Therefore, we are proud of the new, innovative crowdfunding platform of Maastricht University: UM Crowd. However: what is crowdfunding exactly and what is going to happen? What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding means ‘funding by many people’. In other words: people…

About HIV and Hong Kong: Mart’s research

Preventing is better than curing. This is definitely the case for the STD called HIV, known to cause AIDS. Mart van Dijk investigates PrEP, a new medicine that should prevent HIV. In many countries, men having sexual intercourse with other men are at a much higher risk of contracting HIV than other people. That being…

Refugee entrepreneurs get down to business

Building a new life in a new country is hard enough, one would think. For refugee entrepreneurs, however, this process is even more challenging, as they face many hurdles when starting a business in their new ‘homeland’. Jarrod Ormiston, assistant professor in social entrepreneurship at the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E), has been awarded an…

Save the date: fundraising event

Save the date! On 24 mei 2019, the Queen of Hearts fundraising event will take place in AINSI Maastricht. This festive night is dedicated to research regarding heart disease and women. This message already includes some information (in Dutch), more details will follow soon!

Bring the Minervalia back to Maastricht!

A small book of great value: Jean Guyot’s Minervalia. It is one of the oldest comedy books printed in Maastricht. Worldwide only five copies are known. In 1554, the printer Jacob Baethen produced something unique: a Maastricht-printed book with a special, humoristic story! A good home for a special bookWe want to dedicate the Minervalia…

Call: subsidies for scientists

Are you currently organizing a congres? A symposium? Or in possession of a great research proposal? And does your activity contribute directly to UM’s international profile and to the research or education activities of your faculty? Then maybe, the University Fund Limburg can help you realise your idea! The application deadline is 1 March 2019.…

Call: subsidies for students

Are you a UM student and do you organise a sports event, symposium, writing contest, workshop etc. for fellow students? We reward good proposals with a grant! Apply before 1 March 2019. For more information, click here.

Special meeting in the MECC

From 4 to 7 September 2018, the global LVC-meeting took place in the MECC. During this meeting, scientists discuss the latest developments in research into gravitation waves. The LVC-meeting was organised by dr. Gideon Koekoek, who has received financial support from the University Fund Limburg/SWOL. It was a great success! Click here for a short…

Student Manon receives grant

In the picture, you see the French student Manon Baert. Thanks to professor Jo Ritzen, former president of Maastricht University and former minister of Education and Science, she is able to follow the bachelor’s programme European Law School. She is very thankful for this opportunity! Jo Ritzen aims to increase the number of French students at Maastricht University. Therefore,…

‘Bridge builder’ researches the brain

Imagine this: you can take a look inside people’s brains. Healthy people, but also people suffering from hallucinations. What will you see in that case? Stijn Michielse (33) researches this mind-bending question. Hallucinations, voices inside your head, and other psychotic disorders. They are the result of the brain short-circuiting. Investigator Stijn likes to occupy himself…

Students receive UM master scholarship

On this picture, you see 3 thankful and enthusiastic students. Great praise for the Venlo Region! Thanks to this region, Mandy Dijcks, Ilse van Lier and Robin van Ophoven can follow the UM master’s programme Health Food Innovation Management. The University Fund Limburg is one of the bridges between the Regio Venlo and the UM.

Virtual reality project of two alumni in newspaper

On Thursday 6 December, local newspaper De Limburger (edition Maastricht) includes a nice article about the project of Christoph Lynen and Mike Verhiel. They are developing an app, in combination with virtual reality glasses. Through the app, they want to stimulate accessible, affordable psychotherapy and a happier society. Both have just returned from Sillcon Valley.…

Do you organise an activity for fellow students? Apply for subsidy!

The University Fund Limburg supports activities from students for students. Interesting, original and/or innovative activities, which are important for both the university and the student community. Furthermore, they represent the university and its students at an (inter-)national level. These are examples of activities that have already received a subsidy: Taking part in the European Cheerleading…

Art auction HersenStrijd Fund raises €26.000,-

A special art auction in Meerssen! The total proceeds raised during the auction, which took place on 29 September, will be donated to the HersenStrijd Fund. That fund stimulates research on better treatments for people with brain injury. In the beautiful Leopold’s church, no less than €26.000 has been raised! Mirjam Clermonts-Aretz, mayor of the…

2018 Annual Fund Campaign kicks off

Next week, many of our social-sector partners as well as alumni, retired and current staff and others with personal links to UM will find a letter from the Limburg University Fund/SWOL in their mailbox. This year, our campaign slogan is ‘Give for a healthy future’.  In this 2018 Annual Fund Campaign, we’re asking people to…

Call for proposals from young researchers

The Professors’ Fund aims to promote excellence in research among young researchers attached to Maastricht University. The fund, which is under the management of the Limburg University Fund/SWOL, is financed through annual donations from Maastricht University professors. The Fund again has the opportunity to consider a number of research grants and is calling on interested parties…

Grants for entrepreneurial scientists

Does your research have positive societal impact. Does it connect academia and entrepreneurship? The Alumni Fund has published a call for proposals. Apply for a grant from this fund before 15 September! This fund consists of all donations made to the University Fund by alumni of Maastricht University. Thankfully the number of committed alumni is…

Call for proposals student activities

Are you a UM student and do have a brilliant idea to serve, interest or unite the UM Student community? We reward good ideas and proposals with a grant which enables you to actually follow through on your plans! Do it before September 21st and check the rules of the game here first!

Subsidies for researchers and professors

One of the goals of the Limburg University Fund/SWOL is to empower great ideas from students, researchers, UM staff and teachers by means of a grant. Are you currently organizing a congres? A symposium? Or in possession of a great research proposal? Does your activity contribute directly to UM’s international profile and to the research…

Integrity of green bonds under scrutiny

Responsibility for the climate issue no longer lies with administrators and policymakers alone. Many businesses are formulating ambitious targets for climate-neutral operation and are positioning themselves as ‘green’. For many institutional investors sustainability has now become an integral part of their investment philosophy. The green bonds with which businesses, banks and public or semi-public institutions…

Process your trauma with Virtual Reality

A car accident, a stress-inducing situation, a breakup… all events that can send people into a psychological tailspin. Failure to quickly ‘diffuse’ such a traumatic experiences can cause them to loom ever larger, even leading to behavioural disorders. And there’s the rub, because instead of swift treatment, patients find themselves at the back of a…

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…

MACCH Conference 2017: Participatory Practices in Arts and Heritage

On 17 and 18 March 2017, the third annual conference of the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) took place. The event, entitled ‘Participatory Practices in Arts and Heritage’, was attended by 150 international researchers and professionals from a diverse set of backgrounds, including academics, policy makers, legal and museum professionals.…

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.