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.


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…


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.