Supporting science that matters

The Erasmus Trustfonds intends to promote the growth and flourishing of Erasmus University Rotterdam. It has a yearly available budget to stimulate research and education at Erasmus University Rotterdam. With its financial support, the Erasmus Trustfonds co-fosters the aims of the university. Erasmus University Rotterdam aims to invest in science that matters. To do so, the university developed three programmes – the three Erasmus Initiatives – that increase the social and economic impact of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The three Erasmus Initiatives are:


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

The Erasmus Trustfonds prioritizes applications for research projects that fall within these three Erasmus Initiatives. You can read more about the Erasmus Initiatives here. The Erasmus Trustfonds also supports those who study at Erasmus University Rotterdam. It provides grants to individual excellent students who are in need of financial support, in order to accomplish their educational goals. Furthermore, support is given to projects that aim to improve the student life at the university.


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 Erasmus University Rotterdam, 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 Erasmus University Rotterdam.


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