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.


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…


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.