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.


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!

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?…


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.