Named Funds

Peter Koeze
Peter Koeze, installer of the Complex Systems Fund

The University Fund offers the opportunity for the establishment of Named Funds. The instigator of the fund determines its name, its objective and start date. Substantial donations can be earmarked in this way.

The University Fund takes responsibility for the awarding, administration and accountability of expenditure.

You can donate to the following Named Funds that are managed by the University Fund:

  • The BINF Fund was set up in 2012 with a view to supporting scientifically-relevant bioinformatical research that is of less relevance to society and for which funding from other sources is difficult to find.
  • The ‘Hofvijverkring’ was founded by a group of alumni from The Hague with the goal of funding research and education at Utrecht University in the broad sense.
  • The Ronald van Kempen Urban Geography Fund aims to stimulate research and education in Urban Geography at Utrecht University.
  • The Minderhoud Fund grants scholarships for prestigious study projects or internships to members of the U.V.S.V./N.V.V.S.U.
  • The fund RechtOpLeren - The Right to Learn was established by Professor Bert van der Zwaan and Dr Wilma Wessels and supports initiatives and projects aimed at helping refugees and other disadvantaged people develop their talents to the full.
  • The ROSANNA Fund for Women has been founded by Rosi Braidotti and Anneke Smelik with the goal of stimulating the academic education of talented women at Utrecht University.
  • The Olaf Schuiling Fund was established in 2015 with the aim of stimulating independent fundamental research in the field of Geochemistry.
  • The UCU Fund was established in 2018 and aims to preserve and foster diversity at University College Utrecht.
  • The Yvoor Fund was established in 2013 as a means of promoting student experience abroad by offering travel grants and other scholarships to outstanding, active students who wish to spend a short time abroad during their degree programme.

Currently, the University Fund manages the following Named Funds:

  • The Aurelius Fund broadened its objectives in 2013 by not only supporting talented students, but also funding initiatives and projects in the field of education and research that aim to promote scientific knowledge about and share knowledge with developing countries.
  • The Complex Systems Fund was established in 2015 by Dr. Ir. Peter Koeze to stimulate research and education in the field of Complex Systems. Complex Systems is one of the focus areas of Utrecht University.
  • The Cor and Tine Drooger Fund was founded in 2015 with the goal of supporting research and education in the field of Earth Sciences, especially paleontology and biogeology.
  • The International Economic Law Fund was established in 2004 by a donation from Emeritus Professor Pieter Verloren van Themaat (1919-2004). Its aim is to promote education and research in international economic public law.
  • The Swaantje Mondt Fund was founded to enable PhD candidates from Utrecht University to carry out parts of their research abroad and to offer the opportunity to foreign PhD candidates to do so at Utrecht University.
  • The A.F. Monna Fund was established in 2001 for the Mathematics Institute.
  • The Music Fund was established in 2008 thanks to a donation by the Society of Friends of the Collegium Musicum Ultratrajectum and the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra. Its aim is to promote and support classical music within the Utrecht academic community.
  • The Maria Naundorf van Gorkum Fund was founded in 2015 and focuses on a scholarship programme for young and talented researchers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The fund was established to advance the medical treatment and housing of diseased animals.
  • The Olaf Schuiling Fund was established in 2015 to encourage independent and fundamental research and education in the field of Geochemistry at Utrecht University.
  • The Scrinerius Fund became part of the Utrecht University Fund in 2016. The fund provides loans and scholarships to students who study Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
  • The Trappeniers-Wols Fund was founded in 2015 and aims to advance experimental (PhD) research at Utrecht University, especially in Science and Life Sciences.
  • The Martijn Zwart Fund was established in 2005 and is aimed at talented students of Dutch from the United States and Canada.

If you are interested in establishing your own Named Fund or finding out about how we work, please contact Robbert Jan Feunekes at, or call +31 (0) 30 253 86 80.