Leiden University Fund.

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The Cella Durksz Fund was founded in 2013 by F.B. Durksz, in memory of Cella Durksz.


The Cella Durksz Fund is intended to be used to facilitate research into the cause and treatment of bipolar disorders.

The Den Dulk-Moermans Fund was set up in 2010 after a legacy was received from A.M. den Dulk


The aim of the fund is to finance research into health in the broadest sense of the word.

The Dr Anne Bosma Fund was set up in 2013 after a legacy was received from A. Bosma.


The fund was established to finance research in the fields of pathology and oncology.

The Dr Charles de Monchy Fund was set up by the Dr Charles de Monchy Foundation in 2016. 


The aim of the fund is to support the Willem-Alexander Children’s Hospital (WAKZ) in Leiden, in part by awarding travel grants to PhD candidates and students to attend conferences outside the Netherlands or to do a period of study abroad or an overseas internship.

Dr Edith Frederiks (1923-2012) was the first plastic surgeon in the Netherlands and later also the country’s first reader in plastic surgery, and was associated with the Academic Hospital (today, LUMC) in Leiden. The Dr Edith Frederiks Fund was created on 15 January 2013, following Dr Frederiks’ death on 28 September 2012


The fund supports medical students by awarding them travel grants, particularly for research in the field of surgery

The Dr F.F. Hofman Fund was created from Dr F.F. Hofman’s legacy, which was received in 2015 by the Leiden University Fund (LUF)


The fund aims to support specialised training and education in the field of gastroenterology. This includes international programmes.

The Elkerbout-Moene Fund was established in 2010 by Ms Esther Elkerbout. In 1956 her young brother died following an operation for a congenital heart defect. This was her motivation many years later to set up a Named Fund within the LUF to enable stem cell research. Ms Elkerbout extended her agreement in 2014 and 2020, for five years on each occasion, making it possible for Prof. Christine Mummery to elevate the standard of her research in the area of congenital heart defects and genetic heart diseases through the purchase of advanced equipment. Patients in the LUMC are able to benefit from Prof. Mummery’s expertise.

Articles about Prof. Christine Mummery’s research and visits by the donor to her laboratory were published in Leidraad in 2011 and 2015.


The fund supports research into the heart, in particular by using stem cells to gain understanding of the cause of congenital heart defects. The Fund is allocated entirely to the research of Prof.Dr. Christine Mummery.

The Mulder-Hamelers Fund was set up in 2013 after a legacy had been received from M.S.H. Hamelers.


The fund was set up to promote research within the department of Endocrinology at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).

The Nypels-van der Zee Fund was set up by R.G. Nypels


The fund is intended to be used for projects in the field of medicine that develop technologies with healthcare applications. These projects may develop new technologies and/or improve on existing ones.

An article about the creation of the Nypels-van der Zee Fund was published in January 2016 in Leidraad alumni magazine [in Dutch].

Robert Nypels

The Nypels-Tans PTSD Fund was set up in 2018 by R.G. Nypels.


The aim of the is to promote scientific research and stimulate innovative projects in the fields of medicine, psychiatry and clinical psychology – in particular psychotraumatology – and to promote developments in care applications for people who have been exposed to severe psychotrauma.

These people particularly include members of the armed forces and other uniformed personnel, but also civilians suffering with symptoms of severe post-traumatic stress. The research may involve developing new technologies aimed at preventing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or improving existing technologies.

The funds of this named fund have been fully spent.

Ceremony to inaugurate the fund

The P.A. Jager-van Gelder Fund was founded in 2017 by Martine J. Jager, professor in ophthalmology.


The Fund aims to make it possible for students, PhD candidates and postdoc researchers in ophthalmology from Leiden or from abroad to gain experience in the field of ophthalmology research. Grants are awarded to individual students and PhD candidates from Leiden University who go abroad to study or conduct research in the field of ophthalmology, as well as to students and PhD candidates from outside the Netherlands who come to Leiden for the same reasons. 

Each year, one or two postdoc researchers can also apply for a grant for ophthalmology research. The applicants can be either Leiden University researchers intending to go abroad or researchers from outside the Netherlands who want to come to Leiden University to do ophthalmology research here

The Piso-Kuperus Fund was set up in 2010 after a legacy was received from H.J. Piso.


The fund was set up to promote research into internal diseases and their treatment.

The Prof. Jaap de Graeff-Lingling Wiyadharma Fund was established in 2020 by Mr Hans R. van der Valk, LL.M. in memory of his wife Lingling Wiyadharma and Prof. Jaap de Graeff, the physician who treated her for many years for kidney failure. Mr Van der Valk studied Law at Leiden University at the end of the 1950s. When he was posted to the embassy in Jakarta, he met Lingling Wiyadharma, who was studying in Amsterdam at the time. Lingling suffered from an autoimmune disease that caused her kidneys to fail, and she therefore received treatment at the LUMC from 1984. The treatment provided by Prof. De Graeff and many other physicians and specialists in numerous disciplines and several different countries enabled her life to be extended by thirty years. When Lingling died in 2014, Mr Van der Valk established a Named Fund in her memory, linked to the foundation of the professor who treated her.


The purpose of the Fund is to support research into regenerative medicine in the area of nephrology. The entire grant has been awarded to Prof.Dr. Ton Rabelink.

The Sargenti Medical Fund was established in 2021 upon receipt of the legacy of Professor Maurizio Sargenti.


The purpose of the fund is to enable the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Rie Schild-de Groen, house mother of Minerva House ’t Heerenhoeckje at Rapenburg 110, died in 2017. This legendary Leiden figure reached the fine old age of 94, and for almost 70 of those years she cleaned the student house. She went there every single day and began her day with a cup of coffee for which all the residents had to be present. Her philosophy was: party like a man at night, be a man the morning after. More than anyone else, she saw the changes that took place in Leiden’s student life, and in 2007 she was awarded the University Medal for her important role during the time spent in Leiden by both current and former residents of Rapenburg 110. Part of her legacy was used to set up a Named Fund.


The aim of the fund is to support scientific research for the prevention and treatment of all forms of cancer by awarding one annual project grant to a young scientist and three annual prizes to students for a publication or thesis in the field of cancer research.

Signing ceremony to inaugurate the fund; those present include several former residents of Rapenburg 110.

The Slingelands Fund was founded in 1915 as specified in the will of Th.G.A. Slingelands, former subdistrict judge in Heusden. He left his farmhouse in Haastrecht to the Leiden University Fund (LUF), which sold the house in 1963.


The Slingelands Fund primarily supports the Faculty of Science, in particular cosmography, but also supports the Faculties of Law and Medicine

This fund was set up by L.J.A. van Wersch and M.J.H. van Wersch-Knepflé..


The fund has a specific objective, namely to award two prizes each year: the Van Wersch Springplankprijzen (‘Springboard Prizes’). Each prize is an award of up to €10,000 for academic publications by active, talented researchers in the field of medical/pharmaceutical and legal research in the broadest sense. The research must be published no more than five years after the researchers gained their PhDs.

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