The Heyning-Roelli Foundation was established by Eduard C. Heyning. His belief was that traveling is educational and his desire was to provide support for financially underprivileged students pursuing study trips abroad.

The foundation was founded on November 28, 2009 and incorporated on February 15, 2010.

Foundation council:
Dr. Natalie Peter, President
Dr. Dieter WŁest, Member, Head of Academic Services, ETH Zurich
Dr. Yasmin Inauen, Member, Director of the International Relations Office, University of Zurich