Support young female researchers in animal biology

The Lucie Timmermans Fund supports young women researchers in the fields of experimental zoology, animal cell biology, entomology and animal physiology at Wageningen University. The aim is to help them build their scientific career.

Who is eligible for support?

The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support for talented female zoologists who have recently graduated in one of the above-listed fields at Wageningen University and who aim to do a PhD or enrol in a postgraduate programme.

The impact of your gif?

The Fund provides support in writing a project proposal – partly to help with a research proposal in order to be able to attract other funding or financers, but also to finance research which goes into a topic in more depth.


  • Professor J.L. van Leeuwen, Experimental Zoology (chair holder)
  • Professor H.F.J. Savelkoul, Cell Biology and Immunology (chair holder)
  • Professor M. Dicke, Entomology (chair holder)

About Lucie Timmermans

From 1972 to 1980, Lucie Timmermans was a lecturer in General Animal Biology at Wageningen University and from 1980 to 1995 a professor in that subject. Developmental biology was the focal point of her research and educational activities. In the early years of her career she set up a sub-department, whose research concentrated on the structure and function of fish intestines. It was research performed mainly using the techniques of microscopy and histology. During the first 5 years, a great deal of time was also devoted to building up collections of microscopic preparations for educational purposes. In the 1980s, Professor Timmermans converted the Histology sub-department into one dealing with Developmental Biology, with a special focus on fish. She did much research on the development of gametes in bony fish embryos. For quite some time she was the only female professor at the university.