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Find out about projects and scholarships that are funded by the Amsterdam University Fund of the University of Amsterdam, thanks to gifts from donors.

Annual Fund 2021

The Amsterdam University Fund (AUF) raised no less than 236,000 euros with the Annual Fund campaign in 2021. A fantastic result that has raised enough money to realise all the goals of 2021.

Heritage: animal mummies

Thanks to the financial contribution of the AUF the Allard Pierson Museum, under the enthusiastic leadership of Ben van den Bercken (curator of the Egyptian and Sudanese Collection), was able to research a special collection of Ancient Egyptian animal mummies. Together with the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, the museum recently examined the mummies using a CT scanner and an X-ray machine. This yielded fascinating results, which have already been used to set up an exhibition in the Allard Pierson (on display until March 6).

Scholarships: summer school

Partly thanks to the financial contribution of the AUF, young researchers can gain experience at the renowned Anton Pannekoek Institute of Astronomy. In order to also involve students in science who, due to their socio-economic or cultural background, have less chance of an academic career, this institute set up the so-called ASPIRE programme: Astrophysics Summer Programme for International Research Experience. The Annual Fund makes this summer school possible for a broad group of people.

Research: multilingualism

Thanks in part to the financial contribution from the AUF, UvA scientists can work with Amsterdam primary schools to investigate how multilingualism in children can contribute to better learning performance. Currently, multilingualism still plays an important role in the creation of inequality in education. Pupils whose mother tongue is not Dutch run the risk of learning disadvantages. How can schools and teachers best deal with this? And how can they use multilingualism in such a way that this current stumbling block becomes a springboard for the future?