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The Bouwens Astrophysics Fund was established in 2022 by dr. Rychard Bouwens. 


The objective of the fund is to enable the execution of truly excellent scientific work in the field of astronomy and astrophysics, in the broadest sense of the word. The fund enables the appointment of an Astrophysics PhD candidate.

The Douwe D. Breimer Research Fund arose from the former Douwe D. Breimer Research Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2000 in honor of Douwe D. Breimer's 25th anniversary as Professor of Pharmacology at Leiden University, and was transferred to LUF as a named fund in 2021.


This fund aims to stimulate, support, and promote scientific meetings in the field of Pharmacology, particularly those concerned with fundamental research and mathematical modelling to better understand the processes of drug disposition (pharmacokinetics) and effects (pharmacodynamics). In this way, the Fund contributes to the promotion of good health and high-quality (tertiary) education.

As part of its educational mission, the Fund also supports activities organised by and for students of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy at Leiden University or by and for members of the Royal Dutch Pharmaceutical Student Association (KNPSV).

Requests for funding can be submitted three times a year (closing dates are 28 February, 30 June, and 31 October). For further information, please contact us at CWB@LUF.leidenuniv.nl.


You can contribute to the fund through the online donation form or via an automatic direct debit. In both cases, please mention in the comment section it is regarding a donation to the Douwe D. Breimer Research Fund.

Would you like to make a periodic donation for five years or longer to this fund? Please contact Mariska Heijmen at m.heijmen@luf.leidenuniv.nl.

Read more about the background of the Douwe D. Breimer Research Fund.

The J.R.D. Kuikenga Fund for Mathematicians was founded in 1994.


The fund promotes the study of and research into mathematics, mechanics and computing at Leiden University.

This named fund was established with part of the estate of Ms. Ferial Chummun. Ferial passed away in 2017 from a progressive cancer. It was her last wish to support female Master's students in Astronomy. It reflects a belief in the impact of education to shape lives, to empower individuals and it tells the story of a passion for Astronomy and Portugal. 


The fund supports female students from Portugal, who have no other financial resources available, with a scholarship to follow an MSc program at the Leiden Observatory for the period of tow years, all in the broadest sense of the word. This scholarship covers tuition and part of the cost of living.

More about the Ferial Chummun Scholarship in Astronomy can be found on this page (University website). 

The Frans Arnold Natural Sciences Fund was established in 2021 by Frans Arnold and Inez Arnold-Overbeeke.


The aim of the fund is to financially support projects aimed at pure scientific research in one of the natural sciences.

The Inge Voesten-Appel Fund has been established in 2020 by Mr. M.T.P.J. Voesten in memory of his wife Mrs. I. Voesten-Appel.


The Fund was set up to support the teaching of communication skills to Master’s students Pharmacy.


The Joskind Fund was founded in 2023 by Mr B.J. Reichert and Mrs. E.J. Barel.


The objective of the Joskind Fund is to support research aimed at making food production more effective and environmentally friendly or developing technologies that help reduce the negative impact on biodiversity. Valorisation of knowledge resulting from this research is also pursued. The first project supported by the fund is research into sustainable agriculture in the Polderlab.

In honor of Krijn Rietveld (1957 - 2018), Leiden University Fund and Royal DSM launched the Krijn Rietveld Memorial  Award Fund  to recognize and reward excellence in innovative research that contributes to a brighter society.

Award for the best thesis or dissertation

This prestigious award accompanies a cash prize of €10,000 and will be handed out annually for the best thesis (MSc), dissertation (PhD) or post-doc research at Leiden University in the field of biosciences in combination with data sciences. The winner may use the cash prize freely but will be encouraged to use it to make the all-important connection between his or her scientific achievement and commercial success.

This fund was established on 17 March 2015 using a donation by Dr C.J. Kroese and Mrs J.A.M. Kroese-Duijsters.


The fund aims to make it possible to organise a symposium every other year at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC), part of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. Also, in 2020, supported by the Fund, a new Rotating Honorary Chair was established at the Leiden Law School. The Chair Enforcement of Children's Rights perfectly suits the mission of the faculty to gather, spread and unlock knowledge about children's rights all over the world.

The will of W.E. Kruytbosch, who died on 11 October 1934 in Wassenaar, named his wife as sole heir and stipulated that upon her death his remaining legacy should be donated to the Leiden University Fund (LUF). 


The Leidsche Sterrewacht Fund dedicates some of the money to the promotion of astronomy at Leiden University, and some to the promotion of astronomy in general, both within and outside the Netherlands.

The Mayo Greenberg Fund was set up in 2002 by Ms Naomi Greenberg-Slovin in memory of her father, Professor J. Mayo Greenberg, who died in 2001. The fund commemorates his special relationship with Leiden’s Astronomical Observatory and recognises his strong, lasting interest in higher education in the Netherlands.


The fund aims to create and sustain a scholarship in astrophysics, astrochemistry and/or astrobiology at the Leiden Observatory. The scholarship is awarded once every two years to a gifted student in need of financial support, preferably a student from Asia, Africa or South America.

The goal of the Prieneke van Hoeve PhD Fellowship Fund is to facilitate academic research in the field of astronomy at Leiden Observatory, the astronomical institute within the Faculty of Science, in particular by funding PhD research.

The fund is intended to maintain a PhD position which meets the following criteria:

  1. An excellent PhD candidate who independently proposes a ground-breaking topic for his or her thesis.
  2. In the event of equal eligibility, a female PhD candidate takes precedence


Allocation decisions are made by the Committee for Academic Expenditure. Applications to the Prieneke van Hoeve PhD Fellowship Fund must meet the conditions set by this committee. You can find more information under Apply for grants.

15 July 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of Hendrik Casimir’s birth. In honour of what would have been her late husband’s 100th birthday, J.M. Casimir-Jonker inaugurated the Professor Hendrik Casimir Fund for the Casimir Research School, set up by the LUF

The Casimir Research School is the graduate school for interdisciplinary physics. It represents a collaboration between the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology.


The fund aims to enable master’s students from the Casimir Research School to participate in international academic events.


Via Casimir Research School.

The Rijke-Hamaker Fund provides financial support to PhD candidates in the field of Science, by providing grants.

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


The Slingelands Fund primarily supports the Faculty of Physics, in particular cosmography, as well as the Faculties of Law and Medicine

The Swaantje Mondt Fund was set up by Martine and Jaap Mondt in the summer of 2016. The Fund bears the name Swaantje Mondt in memory of their daughter, and was created because the donors consider it important that young researchers should be able to expand their horizons in the form of a study trip abroad. The agreement was extended for a further 5 years in 2020.

Jaap Mondt: ‘We want this Fund to give opportunities to young, talented scholars. From our own experience, we know how important it is to see many parts of the world: it educates you. At the same time, we’re both very interested in scholarship. This Fund combines all of these aspects.’

An in-depth interview with Martine and Jaap Mondt about the Fund was published in Leidraad in 2016. The article is available via this link.

Mr and Mrs Mondt


The Fund is intended to enable international PhD candidates to study and gain experience at Leiden University and to enable Leiden PhD candidates to spend time studying abroad. PhD candidates of Leiden Law School, the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, and international PhD candidates who wish to study at one of these Leiden faculties, are all eligible to apply for a grant. In special cases, PhD candidates of other Leiden University faculties can submit an application.

This fund is named for its benefactor Professor Ewine van Dishoeck.


The aim of the fund is to encourage talented young scientists, through:

  1. an annual prize – the Leiden Science Young Talent Award – for the best bachelor’s student at the Faculty of Science. This is awarded at the Faculty’s New Year meeting.
  2. an outreach and education programme in astronomy in the Netherlands Antilles.
  3. a lecture by a distinguished young astrochemist.
  4. a grant for an internship of a talented student, such as a participant in the Leiden ESA Summer Student Program (LEAPS).

The will of Mr H. van Trigt, who died on 10 July 1965, designated the Leiden University Fund (LUF) as sole heir and charged the LUF with forming a separate fund – the ‘Van Trigt Fund’ – to be managed by the LUF. 


The fund is intended to promote the natural sciences in general (Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Zoology, Botany, et cetera) and the physiology of humans, animals and plants in particular.

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