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.


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 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…


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.