In an effort to support female scholars and increase diversity, Dr. Lisa Brüggen of the Maastricht School of Business and Economics created the Elinor Ostrom Fund, which was launched at a signing ceremony on 16 September, 2014.
Named after the first and only female Nobel Laureate in economics, the initial €50,000 seed fund is part of an Aspasia grant received by Dr. Brüggen from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research.
Women are a minority in the upper-ranks of university and academic settings. Initially open only to SBE faculty, small grants will be awarded to women in support of their academic initiatives, including research, sabbaticals from teaching, workshops on diversity, personal training and/or stay abroad.
Requests for funding will be evaluated by an advisory board consisting of Prof. Mariëlle Heijltjes, Prof. Ann Vanstraelen, Prof. Gaby Odekerken-Schröder, Prof. Franz Palm, Prof. Rob de Bie and Jos Kievits from the Limburg University Fund/SWOL.
It is Dr. Brüggen’s intention that the fund will become a long-term source of funding for women in academia at Maastricht University. To that end, those interested in supporting or contributing financially to the Fund are encouraged to contact Dr. Brüggen.