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LUSTRA+ Scholarship

You can apply for a LUSTRA+ scholarship if you are a Bachelor or Master student and want to study, conduct research, or do an internship at an institution or company outside Europe.

Two weeks before the start date of your LUSTRA+ period
Target group
Bachelor, Master
Countries/ nationalities
Destination countries: All countries outside Europe, except Turkey
Scholarship type
Internship, Study, Research
Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies

LUSTRA+ applications under COVID-19 restrictions

Exchange within Europe will be permitted in the academic year 2021-22, but only to destinations that are classified as code green or yellow according to Dutch governmental travel advice. Check the colour of your intended destination.

Please note the following when applying for an Lustra+ scholarship:

  • You must still apply at least 2 weeks before departure – even if your destination is still code orange or red.
  • You may only go abroad if your destination is code green or yellow on your day of departure.
  • You will only receive your grant payment 1 to 2 weeks before the start of your activity abroad and only if your country is code green or yellow.
  • In some cases you can request permission to go to a code orange destination. You may never travel to a code red destination.

For more information, please visit the Study Abroad webpage on Health & Safety.

For who?

You must be a registered as a Bachelor or Master student at Leiden University.

Eligibility requirements

  • Your  study, internship or research must be a fully recognised part of your study programme at Leiden University and approved by your programme’s Board of Examiners.
  • Your LUSTRA+ period must be a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 12 months.  Holidays prior to/after your studies, research or internship are not included.
  • You must have an address in The Netherlands at the time of requesting the scholarship 
  • You may apply for a LUSTRA+ scholarship more than once. LUSTRA+ funding may be awarded for a maximum of 12 months during your bachelor’s programme, and 12 months during your Master’s programme.

Read the LUSTRA+ rules and regulations carefully in advance.


  • During your stay abroad you must continue to pay the statutory tuition fee to Leiden University.
  • Directly after your LUSTRA+ period you must write a report about your stay abroad and submit this to your faculty's International Exchange Coordinator. See report template.
  • Within two months of completing your LUSTRA+ period, you must complete a LUSTRA+ Scholarship Statement, have it signed by your International Exchange Coordinator, and submit it to: outbound@sea.leidenuniv.nl.
  • You must submit all required documents on time, before, during and after your LUSTRA+ period. Failure to do so will result in you being obliged to repay your LUSTRA+ scholarship.


You cannot be awarded a LUSTRA+ scholarship if:

  • Your LUSTRA+ destination country is on the Erasmus+ country list
  • You are eligible for funding from the Sustainable Humanities Scholarship (Stagefonds Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen) for your period abroad. Check this with your International Exchange Coordinator.


There are four award amounts available, depending on the length of your stay abroad:

14 to 30 days €200
31 to 90 days €300
91 to 210 days €450
211 days to 12 months €650

Note: These are one-off award amounts. Not amounts per day, week or month.


  1. Fill out the Application Form
  2. Save and sign the application form, before submitting it online. 
  3. Draw up a project proposal OR ask your programme’s Board of Examiners to sign a learning agreement for you.
  4. Show the above-mentioned proposal/learning agreement to your faculty’s International Exchange Coordinator, and ask him/her to sign your printed LUSTRA+ application form.
  5. Send a copy (in one PDF file) of the signed LUSTRA+ application form  to outbound@sea.leidenuniv.nl.
    Note: Applications in multiple PDF files cannot be processed.

Note that both the online and the signed application must be submitted at least two weeks before your intended LUSTRA+ period.


The LUSTRA+ scholarship was created by Leiden University to encourage students to gain international experience and specialist knowledge outside Europe.


The Scholarships Department of Leiden University is responsible for the administration of the LUSTRA+ Scholarship, but it is at all times the responsibility of the student to ensure that the application form is complete. Applications that are not signed by the International Exchange Coordinator will not be processed.
Please note: If you have to return early you may have to pay back (part of) your Erasmus+ grant.

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