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Research, internship or study abroad

Students who have an original plan for an overseas project are sometimes overlooked by the usual exchange programmes. Fortunately, there are alumni who believe that good plans should be encouraged, not hindered, and the Leiden University Fund (LUF) awards individual grants to students who are keen to go abroad to study, to complete an internship or research project or to attend a conference.

You can apply for a grant from the LUF International Study Fund (LISF) or one of the other student funds for a variety of different projects:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Extra-curricular experience
  • Participation in a conference
  • Preparation for a doctoral defence

As of 1 November 2019 you may submit one application per BA of MA study, so that more students a LUF student grant can be awarded. The LISF committee can award a grant up to a maximum of € 1,500. This amount may be higher in exceptional cases. The grant awarded will never exceed the eligible costs.

If you meet all the criteria, and if you can show the committee why your project deserves to be funded by LUF, please submit your application. See the LISF grant conditions for the full list of criteria. 

Please note: your application is only eligible if you submit it in time, if all fields in the application form are filled out correctly and completely, if all required attachments are included (such as attachment 4 in most cases!) and if recommendation letters are signed. And do not forget to use the budget form as available on this webpage. So, be very precise and ensure the completeness of your application. 

Application and selection

If you meet all the criteria, please submit your application using the LISF Application Form. Please read the information about applying to LISF for more information about what you need to submit and the application procedure. 

You can submit your application for several meetings during the year. Make sure you plan thoroughly, so you can submit your application well before your departure date! Your application must have been discussed in the LISF committee meeting before the start of your stay abroad. You can find all the submission deadlines and meeting dates under LISF meeting agenda. Your application will be discussed at the LISF committee meeting followng the deadline. The outcome of the LISF meeting will then be anonymised and posted to the LUF website on the next working day under Grants awarded. You will also be informed of the result by e-mail within 14 days following the meeting.
Interview in person
Please note that you must be available for an interview in person on the day of the LISF committee meeting. If you are not able to be present in person for good reasons, you can ask for a Skype-interview in the application form. The committee will decide whether your reasons justify a Skype interview. 

Award ceremony of the LISF-price for Janneke Fruin-Helb Beurs

International students

On the basis of their application, candidates with a LISF research project which offers a very high degree of quality and creativity may be nominated for the Janneke Fruin-Helb Grant worth up to €2,250. You do not need to take any extra action in relation to this.

When you get home

We ask that you send a final report no later than two months after you return from your overseas trip. Please use the LISF expenses form to submit this report. 

In addition to a financial report, the final report should also include a descriptive report in which you give a brief summary (between 800 and 1,200 words) of what you did while you were abroad. The LUF may use your report, photographs and any video material to inspire other students to spend part of their course outside the Netherlands, and to show donors and potential donors what their support has achieved. Your report and photographs will become the property of the LUF and may be used for publication purposes. When you submit your descriptive report, you are automatically entered for the LISF prize

Please see the criteria for the LISF final report to find out exactly what you need to include in your descriptive report. 

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