Crowdfunding for Ukrainian, Russian and Belarussian students in need

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With the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 the world as we know it has changed. 

The UvA is closely monitoring the situation in the affected areas and is in contact with staff and students who are currently in Ukraine or Russia, and with students and staff from the region who study or work here in Amsterdam. We feel a responsibility towards all affected students, regardless of their origin or nationality.  

We want to offer help and we support students and staff who also wish to do so. At this time, the situation in Ukraine is causing acute problems among Ukrainian, Russian and Belarussian students in terms of finances, study progress and residency status/visas. To help these students continue their studies in Amsterdam, we are starting an emergency fund. 

Would you like to support UvA students who are affected by the situation in Ukraine? Donate now!  

All contributions, in whatever size, shape or form, are valuable and are greatly appreciated. You can also start a fundraiser to get others involved, and you can share this crowdfunding campaign via social media.  

On behalf of all of our students affected by this crisis, we would like to thank you very much for your support! 

More information and support from the UvA, click here.

Where does my donation go to?
All donations are collected by the Amsterdam University Fund and are allocated to the Emergency Fund. 

What is the Amsterdam University Fund (AUF)?
The Amsterdam University Fund is the independent support foundation of the University of Amsterdam. Each donation is entirely for the benefit of the chosen cause. The University Fund is recognized as a charity by the Central Bureau for Fundraising (CBF) and is considered by the tax authorities to be an Institution for Public Welfare (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI).

Go to for more information.

Is my donation to the Amsterdam University Fund tax-deductible?
Yes, the Amsterdam University Fund Foundation is a recognized charity and designated as an ANBI by the tax authorities. Donations are tax-deductible from income or corporation tax. This also applies to donations through crowdfunding. Click here for more information.

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More than 70 students received support from the Emergency Fund

10-08-2022 | 12:28 Since the start of the crowdfunding campaign for financial aid to students from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, more than 125,000 euros have been raised! We are overwhelmed by the enormous amount of reactions and grateful for the many donations we have received since 3 March. A selection of the many heartwarming messages of support:  'So that affected students do not also have to discontinue their education and so that we keep building a future where the academic world remains a bridge in a world full of conflict.' 'Students who experience generosity will be future ambassadors for peace and will trust their neighbours.''It must be terrible to suddenly not be able to go back to your "home", to have no means of existence. With a financial contribution, I hope to be able to contribute to making these students feel supported and taken care of.' These words show an enormous commitment which the students from affected areas need so much right now. On their behalf, too, we would like to thank you very much! We have already helped more than 70 UvA students who have run into problems as a result of the war. With a contribution from the emergency fund, we have been able to limit their financial worries, so that they can focus on their future and finish their studies at the UvA. We also received moving comments and expressions of gratitude from the supported students, some of which we would like to share with you: "Once again, thank you very much for your understanding and for granting this fund! It helped me not only financially but also mentally as it allowed me to not stress about my budget as much and focus more on the last courses of my first year. My family and I really appreciate the support and we feel happy that the university is ready to help students during such worrisome times."  "I really appreciate the fact that you supported us in a monetary way. It helped me significantly and I cannot imagine what would I do without this money. Currently, the situation is a bit better. I mean, a lot of my friends from Ukraine and I feel that, unfortunately, this will be a long conflict. And we have to learn how to live with that. For me, studies became the way of escapism. During last months I've been working excessively and I already see the reflection of it in my grades." We still receive new applications from students in need. We want to continue our efforts for them as well, which is why  will remain possible to donate. Once again, we thank you for everything you have made possible so far!
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