Marina van Damme Grant supports ambitious female engineers

Fernanda Neira d’Angelo is the winner of the Marina van Damme Grant 2019, with which she has won a cash prize of nine thousand euros. Neira D’Angelo works as an assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, where she is involved in the development of innovative chemical reactors that contribute to a sustainable and environmentally-friendly circular economy.

The winner will use her grant for a temporary stay abroad to do research at the renowned Kinetics Technology Institute in Rome. A major undertaking that in its case entails additional challenges (and costs) because of the care for a multiple handicapped child of four years old. Neira d’Angelo received the prize from Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens, in the presence of the ninety-year-old namesake of the prize. Runner-up became Eline Sijbesma. She wins a cash prize of 2,500 euros.

With this grant female, ambitious engineers (MSc, PDEng or doctor), working in science, business or government get a boost if they want to start a company, conduct research or implement other ambitious plans . Marina van Damme has already awarded 38 grants to female engineers. Her motivation: “I have had the opportunity to build up good capital. I can now support young ambitious women with that. ”Thanks to Marina van Damme, the scholarship can be made available annually by the University Fund Eindhoven (UFe).



Selection criteria have been set up which must be met by applicants for the Marina van Damme Grant. The plans are evaluated by a jury comprising Elphi Nelissen (chair), Yvonne de Kort, prof.dr. Elena Lomonova and ir. Jan Oosterveld (TU/e alumnus and board member of the University Fund).
Until 11 July 2019 it is again possible to submit an application for the Marina van Damme Grant. The criteria for this can be downloaded in the right column of this page. You can sign in via email to and you will receive a registration form. Are you the tenth winner? 

Dr.Ir. Marina van Damme

This award had been made possible by a donation from Mrs Marina van Damme (1953). She is a Delft engineering graduate and the first female to gain a PhD at the University of Twente. She has had a distinguished career in science and industry. Marina van Damme wants to enable young female engineering graduates of TU/e to develop and boost their job and career prospects. Marina van Damme has already awarded grants to female engineering graduates 36 times. Her motivation: "I have been given the opportunity to build up some wealth, which now allows me to support young ambitious women." Thanks to Marina van Damme, the grant can be made available annually through the Eindhoven University Fund (UFe).

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