Impact of giving

Philantropy has helped to shape the University from its very foundation as the Athenaeum Illustre in 1632. Find out about research, heritage conservation, student services and scholarships that wouldn't have been possible without philanthropic support of Amsterdam University Fund donors. Their contribution enables students and researchers to develop their talents to shape our future.

  • Simson comic by Hans Kresse

    Comics collection expanded with biblical story

    The Allard Pierson, with the support of the Amsterdam University Fund, has procured a special comic about the biblical story of Samson. The drawings were done by Hans Kresse, who is best known for his drawings of Eric de Noorman (Eric the Norseman).

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  • Prof Maarten van Bommel

    Digital dresses from the past

    The discovery of 17th century textiles in a shipwreck near Texel was world news in 2016. The clothing was in very good condition, despite having spent almost four centuries at the bottom of the sea.

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  • sarcophagus

    Live restoration of a sarcophagus at the Allard Pierson Museum

    Over the coming months, Helbertijn Krudop, conservator at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden and alumnus Conservation and restoration of cultural heritage of the University of Amsterdam, will be working on the restoration of an ancient ...

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  • AMC

    Research into medication-related falls among older people

    Each year, 80,000 older people are treated at the Accident and Emergency Department following a fall, and a large proportion of those falls are associated with medication use.

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  • 2016 Annual Fund goals achieved

    Donors to the Amsterdam University Fund raised a total of more than 150,000 euros last year, enough to fund a vessel for research on the Markermeer lake and all the other projects, alongside several special initiatives.

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  • Iconographia Zoologica

    Iconographia Zoologica added to Wikimedia Commons

    Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia's image repository, was recently enriched with a collection of 26,500 historical animal pictures from the Artis Library. The images were digitised thanks in part to the support of donors to the Amsterdam University Fund.

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  • RV Dreissena

    Construction of Markermeer research vessel begins

    After a successful fundraising campaign among donors to the Amsterdam University Fund last year, construction of a ship for ecological research in the waters of Markermeer began in late March.

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  • UvA alumna bequeaths four million euros to Amsterdam University Fund

    The Amsterdam University Fund Foundation has received a bequest of approximately four million euros from an alumna of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The money will furnish the means for hundreds of travel grants and scholarships and provide ...

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