Supporting science that matters

The Erasmus Trustfonds intends to promote the growth and flourishing of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). It has a yearly available budget to stimulate research and education at the EUR. With its financial support, the Erasmus Trustfonds co-fosters the aims of the EUR.

The EUR aims to invest in science that matters. To do so, it has streamlined its academic activities into three programs -the three Erasmus Initiatives- that increase the social and economic impact of the EUR. The three Erasmus Initiatives are:


  • Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity;
  • Smarter Choices for Better Health;
  • Vital Cities and Citizens.

The Erasmus Trustfonds prioritizes applications research and education projects that fall within these three Erasmus Initiatives. You can read more about the Erasmus Initiatives here, on the website of the EUR.

The Erasmus Trustfonds also supports those who study at the EUR. It provides grants to individual students to accomplish their educational goals. Furthermore, support is given to projects that aim to improve the student life at the EUR.


Named funds

Alongside the general budget, the Erasmus Trustfonds manages a number of earmarked funds, the so called ‘named funds’. These funds are designated to a specific topic, in line with the wishes of the benefactor.

More information on the Named funds managed by the Erasmus Trustfonds can be found here.


Supported projects

Annually, the Erasmus Trustfonds receives approximately 500 applications. Of these applications it awards financial support to close to 350 applicants. With this support, the Erasmus Trustfonds contributes to the growth and development of the EUR, its faculties and its institutes. This is done via sponsorship, grants, prizes and scholarships in support of PhD candidates, excellent Bachelor and Master students, student associations and other organizations, research projects, conferences and educational activities in all subjects taught at the EUR.


To see whether you can apply for funding at the Erasmus Trustfonds, please do the Quickscan and read the guidelines carefully. In case you have any questions after reading the information on the website, please do contact the Erasmus Trustfonds staff.