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The Anna Croiset van der Kop Fund originated from the former Stichting Beheer Croiset van der Kop Fund, which was managed by the Slavic languages ​​program of the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. Anna Croiset van der Kop (1859-1914) was the first female Slavist in the Netherlands. At the age of 43 she started studying Slavic Studies with Professor Aleksander Brückner at the Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Berlin, from which she obtained her doctorate cum laude in 1907. Much to her regret and dissatisfaction, she missed an appointment as professor for the chair of Slavic philology at Leiden University in 1913, while as an advocate of such a chair she had made such an effort to establish it. She died in Frankfurt in 1914.


The aim of the Fund is to promote Slavic language and literature, in particular the BA and MA courses Russian Studies / Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University.

Applications can be submitted at any time during the year. For more information, please send an email to Klaartje Sluijs: CWB@LUF.leidenuniv.nl.

Private collectors John Steegh en Harrie Teunissen have donated their entire collection of maps, city plans and atlases to the Leiden University Libraries (UBL). The collection consists of circa 17,000 map sheets and 2,300 atlases and travel guides. This can be considered as an important addition to the map collections of UBL, which largely consists of the maps Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis (1797-1827) bequeathed to the University Library.


The purpose of the fund is to continue enriching the collection with suitable new assets, restore items and digitise the collection.

The purpose of the Fund is to preserve all the books and letters of Prof. G.J.P. Bolland in the Leiden University Library. The Fund also supports the study of Bolland’s life and work by giving access to the archives and promoting the publication of a complete edition of Bolland’s works.


The fund's purpose is to finance scientific research or doctoral research, possibly including publications by/for starting researchers from the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University, more specifically the field of art history preferably with attention to the interdisciplinary relationship with history, cultures and religions and where possible in relation to the Spanish-speaking area, all this in the broadest sense of the word.

The Caribbean Collections fund was established in 2022.


The purpose of the fund is to make special acquisitions in the field of the Caribbean; to make accessible, digitise and present the existing and newly acquired collections at Leiden University Libraries; and to promote teaching and research based on these collections.

This named fund was established with the estate of Mr. Jan-Paul Dirkse.


The purpose of the named fund is to support students, PhD students and researchers, who conduct historical or cultural anthropological research into or publish about Indonesia, all in the broadest sense of the word.

The Fund for South and Southeast Asian Art was established to promote the study of art, antiquities and material culture of South and Southeast Asia, particularly in the Netherlands. Studying South and Southeast Asian Art is a long-standing Dutch tradition, which reached its height during the colonial period, especially in the first half of the 20th century.

This has resulted in exceptionally rich collections of artworks, antiquities and objects of material culture from these regions being held in the Netherlands, together with a wide range of documentation and publications in Dutch in this field. Academic study must therefore be carried out by specialists who understand Dutch and are familiar with the Dutch source materials and research traditions.

The Fund for Religious Studies was established in 2014, when the management foundation of the Theological Funds transferred this fund to the LUF. A distinction is made within the Fund between a ‘General Fund’, the ‘Marinus de Jonge Fund’ and the ‘Posthumus Meyjes Fund.’


The Fund’s purpose is to promote the study of religion and religions at Leiden University. 

  • The Marinus de Jonge Fund supports students and PhD candidates of Leiden University who engage in research on Ancient Judaism or Early Christianity in the context of the classical Mediterranean world.
  • The Posthumus Meyjes Fund supports purchases by Leiden University Library aimed at creating the most complete possible collection of theses defended at the Faculty of Theology in the period 1575 – 1750 and the purchase of related titles.

The Han-Crebolder Fund was set up in 2018 by Mr W.L. Han and Ms H.S.C. Crebolder. Both donors are or were active members of the board of the Leiden University Fund (LUF).


The fund aims to encourage and support students of three faculties at Leiden University (Law, Humanities and Governance and Global Affairs) to gain experience outside the Netherlands for research, teaching, an internship or a conference.

Ingeborg H.A. Kneip, MA designated the LUF as the sole beneficiary of her will and asked the LUF to use her estate for the Bibliotheca Thysiana Foundation. The Fund was established in 2020 after her bequest was received. Ms Kneip worked for most of her life as a staff member at Delft University of Technology. While working in this full-time position, she also studied German; after her retirement, she studied History at Leiden University. This latter study included a visit to the Bibliotheca Thysiana, which left such a deep impression on her that she decided to bequeath her estate to this library. She wrote: ‘I hope the library can use this to fund a purchase that otherwise would not have been possible. […] You can see it as a form of gratitude to Dutch society and Leiden University for offering me and other older students the opportunity to continue their éducation permanente.’


The Fund’s purpose is to provide financial support to the Bibliotheca Thysiana Foundation; this includes making funds available for purchasing works and for their restoration, funding academic research projects and offering fellowships that cannot be funded in another way. Applications are made by the curatorium of the Bibliotheca Thysiana Foundation.

The Jobje van den Bergh-Simons Fund was established in 2018 by R.F. van den Bergh.


The Fund was established for a period of 5 years to help 2nd year BA Classics (GLTC) students pay for the annual study trip to Greece or Italy. This trip is part of the Material Culture of the Classical World course. The Fund aims to support the students in this way because visiting archaeological and historical sites enables them to learn about the material culture of classical antiquity and gives them insight into the locations that played an important part in the history, literature and reception of the classical world.

The jmb fund for the study of tolerance was established by Jan Maarten Boll. He studied Dutch law at Leiden University.


The aim of the fund is to study tolerance through education and research at both the Faculty of Humanities and Law. Preferably in the context of the Uytenbogaert Chair (in formation) with the appointment of a professor and / or doctoral candidate who will be engaged in teaching and research within the objective.

The Legatum Stolpianum, the legacy of Jan Stolp (1761-1853), is possibly the oldest academic prize in the Netherlands. In mid-2014, the Legatum Stolpianum became a named fund within the LUF.


The prize began in the context of the Enlightenment as an annual competition in the field of ‘natural theology’, in which Christian faith and ethics were confronted with new scientific knowledge and systematic philosophical reflection. In the mid-20th century, the procedure changed to awarding the prize retrospectively every five years for work in the field of the philosophy of religion, ethics and religious studies

Winners since 2001

  • 2019: Sem de Maagt, Constructing Morality: Transcendental Arguments in Ethics
  • 2014: Tazuko van Berkel, The Economics of Friendship: Changing conceptions of Reciprocity in Classical Athens, en Egil Asprem, The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939
  • 2009: E.P. (Petruschka) Schaafsma, Reconsidering Evil: Confronting Reflections with Confessions
  • 2004: J.J. (Jos) Kole, Moral Autonomy and Christian Faith: A Discussion with William K. Frankena
  • 2001 (1994-1998): Palmyre M.F. Oomen, Does God matter? An interpretation of Whitehead as a Contribution to a Theology of God’s Agency.

More information

The minutes book of the Legatum Stolpianum, titled Acta in conventibus Clarissimorum Virorum, qui Legato Stolpiano curando, administrando praesunt, is held in the Special Collections of Leiden University Library. Information about the history and archives of the fund is presented in Legatum Stolpianum: History and Archives of the Leiden Prize Competitions in Natural Theology and Moral Philosophy, 1754-2004 (J.J. Fehr and A. Bouwman).

Prof. Gerard Nienhuis and Prof. Ineke Sluiter present the prize to the 2019 winner, Dr Sem de Maagt

The Lingling Wiyadharma Fund for Indonesian Studies was established in 2022 by Mr H.R. van der Valk. He studied law in Leiden and established the fund in memory of his wife.


The purpose of the fund is to promote the use and management of the University Library’s Indonesian collections, among others by establishing fellowships, preferably for young researchers (PhD candidates, postdocs, junior researchers), and a chair for a senior visiting scholar from abroad.

De Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies is funded by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK; Society for the Promotion of Buddhism). This organisation was the initiative of Dr Yehan Numata (1897-1994), a successful businessman with a lifelong dedication to promoting the study of Buddhism.

The BDK established the first Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in January 1984. Since then, a further 15 Numata Chairs have been created in North America and Europe. The Numata Chair at Leiden was established in 1987 and the first professor was appointed in 1991.


The Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies Fund provides the necessary funding to invite a guest lecturer to Leiden University every two years. Guest lecturers are invited by Jonathan SilkProfessor of Buddhist Studies in the Leiden Institute for Area Studies (Southeast Asian Studies, South Asian and Tibetan Studies).

Prof. Silk with a BDK delegation in the Hortus Botanicus and the Japanese Hazelnut tree adopted by the LUF in the Society’s name, as an expression of thanks and recognition for their contribution.

The Oomen Family Fund was established in 2022 by Mr C.A.C.M. Oomen. He studied pharmacy and law at Leiden University.


The first purpose of the fund is to provide advanced, new teaching facilities for the Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy programmes. These facilities will enable the programmes to carve out a unique position in the Netherlands and train a new generation of biopharmaceutical scientists who are prepared for current and future developments in biopharmacy.

The second purpose of the fund is to combat fake news by investing in fact-checking, knowledge sharing and disinformation research. The fund is contributing to the Nieuwscheckers Knowledge Centre, a unique fact-checking initiative in the Netherlands. Thanks in part to the Oomen Family Fund, researchers from Leiden will be able to create a high-quality fact-checking centre where independent journalism, teaching and research supplement one another, thus making it possible to fight disinformation and fake news on multiple fronts.

The fund has been fully allocated.

The P.J. Sijpesteijn Fund was established by Mrs E.A. Sijpesteijn-Moen, M.A., on 30 September 2007, on publication of the book ‘Papyri in Memory of P.J. Sijpesteijn’.


The Fund’s purpose is to provide financial support for students and researchers in conducting research in the area of papyrology, in the broadest sense of the word.

The Professor A.W. Byvanck Fund is a special LUF fund to promote archaeological and art history research in the field of classical archaeology within and outside of the Netherlands. More information about the Fund can be found on this page

In 1992, Prof. R.A.V. Baron van Haersolte (1919-2002), an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, established a fund within the Leiden University Fund to promote the study of philosophy at Leiden University. Successful applicants can receive up to €1,000, in the form of a financial security (garantie) grant.


Students and staff of the Philosophy study programme at Leiden University can apply for a grant from the Van Haersolte Fund. Students may wish to apply for a period of study abroad, for instance, while staff of the Philosophy study programme can submit an application for attending a symposium or conference, organising a symposium or conference, or inviting a guest speaker


An application must consist of the following elements:

  • A completed application form for the Van Haersolte Fund from the LUF Committee for Academic Expenditure CWB;
  • A short description of the purpose, and the motivation for this;
  • A budget, including information about other (potential) grant providers. For this you must use a standard budget form (in Excel format) for either a study trip or conference participation. If your purpose is to organise a conference, you are free to choose a budget format yourself;
  • A recommendation from the Advisory Committee of the Philosophy study programme.

Students should submit their applications for the Prof. R.A.V. van Haersolte Fund to the secretariat of the Institute for Philosophy (P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA, Leiden), visiting address: Reuvensplaats 4. Contact person: Karineke Sombroek, 071 527 20 31c.w.sombroek@phil.leidenuniv.nl.

The Rijke-Hamaker Fund provides financial support to PhD candidates in the field of the Arts and in particular the non-Western Arts, by providing grants.

The R.M.R. Korthals Altes-Bakker Fund was created with a donation from R.M.R. Bakker


The Fund aims to promote the study of classical languages, for example by increasing young people’s enthusiasm for this discipline and supporting them in the progress and deepening of their studies.


Only students of the BA Classics (GLTC) programme at Leiden University are eligible to apply for the R.M.R. Korthals Altes-Bakker Fund. The LUF Committee for Academic Expenditure (CWB) decides on how the Fund is allocated. For more information, please contact the Education Administration Office of BA Classics (GLTC).

The Robert Fruin Fund for Study Travel Foundation was created in 1886 for the purpose of enabling impoverished students to make study trips. Robert Fruin (1823-1899), a historian and professor, was the first scholar in the Netherlands to study history as an academic discipline and he bequeathed his estate to set up a Fund for study travel. In his own words, his intention in 1885 was ‘to establish a fund to enable particularly deserving but impecunious students of Leiden University, at present only historians and literature scholars, who have finished their period of studies, to complete their education with an academic journey.’ What he had in mind were the tours made by students in the second half of the sixteenth century and the seventeenth century through western Europe, visiting the famous universities there. An interesting article about the Fund and how it was set up is available here. The Foundation was dissolved in 2021 and its capital transferred to the LUF’s Robert Fruin Fund for Study Travel.


The Fund’s purpose is to pay for study trips, often related to research interests, for master’s students, PhD candidates and researchers who obtained their PhD less than two years previously, who are studying or working in Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities, especially in the academic fields of Linguistics, Literature, History and/or Art History. Applications can be made via this link.

The Fund was established for the purpose of exclusively purchasing special Chinese books and/or manuscripts for the Special Collections of Leiden University Library, in the form of one or two unique acquisitions of exceptional and substantial value. If an envisaged purchase involves a wish for digitisation or a need for restoration, these actions can also be financed from the Fund.


The money from the Fund can be used as follows:

  1. Primarily: to acquire special Chinese books or manuscripts for the Special Collections of Leiden University Library. 
  2. Secondarily: to preserve the purchased object(s).
  3. Secondarily: digitisation of the purchased object(s).

The Rombouts Fund for Chinese Studies was established in 2010 by P.A. Rombouts, M.A


The Fund’s purpose is to provide grants to students, PhD candidates or teaching staff of the Chinese Languages and Cultures study programme, for conducting research, organising conferences, enabling study trips for PhD candidates, and other activities that are useful and/or necessary for raising the standard of excellence of the study programme and/or the researchers.

The Rombouts Fund for the Chinese Special Collections in the Leiden University Libraries was established in 2020 by Mr P.A. Rombouts, MA, who had previously established the Rombouts Fund for Chinese Special Collections (2017) and the Rombouts Fund for Chinese Studies (2010). His interest in the Chinese language was inspired by the Judge Dee novels of Robert van Guliks, and from 1980 to 1986 he studied Chinese at Leiden University. He then worked in China and Hong Kong for more than twenty years, during which time he became well acquainted with the culture and built up a collection of Chinese books and objects. Rombouts worked for many years as a volunteer in the University Library, where he sought to improve the accessibility of Chinese books. He also published translations from Chinese history and literature.


The purpose of the Fund is to augment the collections in the area of Chinese history and culture, and thus to promote education and research in this field, all in the broadest sense of the terms. This relates explicitly to heritage collections and not to art collections. Applications to the fund are made by Leiden University Libraries.

The Southeast Asian Collections fund was established in 2022.


The purpose of the fund is to make special acquisitions possible in the field of Dutch colonial history up to the year 1950 and in the field of history of Southeast Asia; to make accessible and present the existing and newly acquired collections at Leiden University Libraries; and to promote teaching and research based on these collections.

The Vaes-Elias Foundation is the estate of Mrs Elias-Vaes (1908-2002). The capital of the Vaes-Elias Foundation is managed by the LUF in the Vaes-Elias Fund, which was established on 4 July 2013. The autumn 2014 issue of the Leidraad alumni magazine included an article on the new Fund [in Dutch].


The money available in the Fund is to be used by the Leiden Asia Centre (LAC), which is part of the Faculty of Humanities. As the leading centre of expertise for modern Asia in the Netherlands, the Leiden Asia Centre focuses primarily on East Asia: China (including Taiwan), Japan, Korea and Singapore. The LAC can use the Vaes-Elias Fund for the purpose of achieving its objectives.

The Van Moorsel-Rijnierse Fund was established by Prof. P.P.V. van Moorsel in 1997 for the purpose of studying Christianity in the Nile Valley and the Middle East, focusing on aspects of art history, archaeology, church history, history and philology.


This Fund was established to encourage the study of Christianity in the Nile Valley and the Middle East, focusing on aspects of art history and archaeology, church history, history and philology. The revenue must be used for an endowed chair in the specified discipline at Leiden University and for projects relating to education and research executed in Egypt, other parts of the Nile Valley or elsewhere in the Middle East.

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