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Erasmus+ for Studies

You can apply for an Erasmus+ study grant if you are a Bachelor/Master/PhD student and want to follow part of your study programme or conduct research in a European country at a partner university.

Two months before the start date of your Erasmus+ period
Target group
Bachelor, Master, PhD
Countries/ nationalities
For study or research in Erasmus+ programme countries, i.e. all EU member states plus the Republic of North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. Be aware that your Erasmus+ period cannot take place in the Netherlands.
Scholarship type
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

Applications open

It is now possible to apply for an Erasmus+ for Studies grant for the academic year 2024-2025 in uSis. Please make sure you meet all the deadlines. See the Erasmus+ Checklist of administrative procedures.

Leiden University travel policy

You may only go abroad for study-related activities to destinations to which travel is permitted according to Leiden University’s travel policy. See the Study abroad - Health and Safety page for details

For who

You must be a registered Bachelor, Master or PhD student at Leiden University, and at least in your second year of studies. 

Employed as a PhD candidate? 

Do you have an employment contract with Leiden University as a PhD candidate? Instead, apply for the Erasmus+ for training or Erasmus+ for teaching assignments.

Going to study in the UK?

You can unfortunately not apply for Erasmus+. Instead, apply for a LUSTRA+ scholarship

Eligibility requirements

  • Your  study or research must be a fully recognised part of your Bachelor, Master or PhD programme at Leiden University.
  • The receiving institution must hold an Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreement with Leiden University. 
  • You must have an address in The Netherlands at the time of requesting the scholarship 
  • You may apply for an Erasmus+ grant totalling up to a maximum of twelve months per study cycle (BA/MA/PhD).
  • The duration of your Erasmus+ period must be between 2 months (60 days) and 12 months (360 days). A duration of less than 60 days can only be accepted if your host institution uses a system of shorter semesters/trimesters.


  • Before your stay abroad, you are highly advised to complete an online language assessment. 
  • During your stay abroad, you must continue to pay the statutory tuition fee to Leiden University.
  • After your stay abroad, you must complete an online Erasmus+ participant report. 
  • Before, during and after your Erasmus+ period, you must submit all the required documents on time (see the Erasmus+ checklist below). Failure to do so will result in you being obliged to pay back the full Erasmus+ grant.

Scholarship amount

The amount granted is calculated on the basis of the exact number of days spent abroad and the destination country. Erasmus+ countries are divided into two groups in terms of the amount of funds awarded:

Group 1 - € 390 per month
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden.

Group 2 - € 330 per month
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Türkiye.

You cannot apply for an Erasmus+ grant for studies in Switzerland. Instead, if your Swiss host institution has an inter-institutional agreement with Leiden University, they
 may be able to apply for a grant for you via the Swiss European Mobility Programme. Contact your Swiss host institution for details. 

Application process

Tip: If you have any questions or concerns about your Erasmus+ application, do not hesitate to contact the Scholarships Team via: outbound@sea.leidenuniv.nl. We are happy to help.

  1. Go to the Study Abroad Portal and request your Erasmus+ grant for Studies at least two months before the start of your Erasmus+ period. For instructions on how to do so, please download the Erasmus+ Checklist of administrative procedures.
  2. Whilst awaiting a decision on your scholarship application, create an Online Learning Agreement (OLA) and digitally sign it. See steps 6 to 8 of the Erasmus+ Checklist of administrative procedures for instructions: 
    • Make sure to enter all contact details of both the sending and receiving institution.
    • The relevant people at Leiden University and your host institution will then also digitally sign your OLA and its status will change to 'signed by both coordinators'. 
    • If you have difficulties with your OLA, e.g. if your host institution does not use the online tool yet, contact the Scholarships Team via: outbound@sea.leidenuniv.nl.
  3. If your application is approved, you will receive a notification via email. This email will instruct you to log into the Study Abroad Portal and take a number of steps. Read and follow the instructions carefully! You can always refer back to the Erasmus+ Checklist of administrative procedures for assistance. 
  4. You are highly advised to complete an online language assessment.
  5. Your Erasmus+ grant will be transferred to your bank account at least 2 weeks before the start date of your period abroad. 


  • Make sure to download and carefully read the Erasmus+ Checklist of administrative procedures. Here you can find all the steps that need to be completed before, during and after your stay abroad.
  • If you cannot submit a required document on time due to circumstances beyond your control, notify the Scholarships Team via outbound@sea.leidenuniv.nl as soon as possible and at least before the deadline in question. 

Additional financial support for (sustainable) travel

If you use an environmentally friendly, sustainable means of transport for your journey to and from your host country, you may be entitled to a higher 'Green travel' payment. By sustainable is meant travel by bus, train or bike. If you travel sustainably you can also receive 2 or 4 days of additional 'individual support' to cover your travel days. This is calculated on the basis of your outbound and inbound journeys together and depends on the distance to/from your destination.

Travel distance*

Green travel

Non-green travel

10 – 99 km

€ 56

€ 28

100 – 499 km

€ 285

€ 211

500 – 1999 km

€ 417

€ 309

2000 – 2999 km

€ 535

€ 395

3000 – 3999 km

€ 785

€ 580

4000 – 7999 km

€ 1188

€ 1188

8000 km or more

€ 1735

€ 1735

*The distance is calculated using Leiden as a starting point and the city of the host institution as the destination.

More information on sustainable travel options and tips on how to travel sustainably can be found on our Sustainable travel page.

Additional financial support for students with diagnosed medical condition and/or DUO supplementary grant  

If you receive a supplementary grant from DUO and/or have a diagnosed medical condition that influences and complicates travel and studying abroad, you may be entitled to an 'Inclusion' top-up payment of € 250 per month. In your online Erasmus+ application you will be asked to upload the following if applicable: 

  • If you receive a supplementary grant from DUO: an official letter granting these funds (toekenningsbericht).
  • If you have a diagnosed medical condition: a medical statement from your doctor confirming that your condition influences and complicates travel and studying abroad. The statement does not need to mention the nature of your condition and may be no older than 6 months.

Additional financial support for students with a disability and/or special needs

If you have a disability and/or special needs and you are eligible for an Erasmus+ for studies grant, Leiden University can apply for additional financial support from the Erasmus+ programme on your behalf. 


For more than 35 years, the European Union has funded the Erasmus+ programme, which has enabled over five million European students to spend part of their studies at another higher education institution or with an organisation in Europe.

Disclaimer Leiden University

The Scholarships Team of Leiden University is responsible for the administration of the Erasmus+ programme for outgoing student mobility. It is, however, at all times the responsibility of the student to ensure that all the required documents are complete, signed and submitted within the timelines given. If you do not submit the required documents on time, no claim can be made on the Erasmus+ grant and you will need to pay back the full Erasmus+ grant.
Please note: If you have to return early you may have to pay back (part of) your Erasmus+ grant.

Disclaimer European Commission

Erasmus+ for Studies is funded with support from the European Commission. This publication (webpage) reflects the views only of the author. The European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained on this webpage.


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