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Internships, research and fieldwork

Each faculty and some study programmes have their own guidelines and procedures for internships, research and fieldwork abroad. Take a look under your faculty and programme tab for more information.

What is STREAM?

Via the Student Research Mobility Programme (STREAM) you can take part in research projects at other European universities who are, like Leiden, members of LERU (League of European Research Universities).

Research projects

The following universities offer research projects: 

It is anticipated that more LERU universities will offer research projects in the future, for example Lund University, Sweden and Université de Genève, Switzerland. 

Who can apply?

You can apply for a research project via STREAM if you meet the following conditions: 

  • You are a third-year bachelor or a master student at Leiden University
  • Your average grade is at least 7 out of 10, or 3.2 out of 4 (GPA)
  • Your English level is at least B2
  • You meet any additional criteria for the research project in question


  1. Carefully read the information about the research project and check if there are additional criteria and whether it fits into your study schedule.
  2. Prepare the required documents:
    • Motivation letter (max 500 words, in English)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Recent list of grades
    • Two reference letters 
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Send the completed application form and required documents to the international exchange coordinator at your faculty.
  5.  You will receive a decision on your application within approximately six weeks.

Financial support

If you are admitted to a STREAM project, you may be able to apply for an Erasmus+ for Traineeships grant in certain circumstances.


Contact Usha Mohunlol, Leiden University's STREAM coordinator. 

Roberta Sellaro

Assistant Professor, Leiden University

Roberta Sellaro

“I had the opportunity to supervise an amazing student, extremely motivated, very skilled, professional, and trustworthy. She designed an entire study on her own and managed to program a complex virtual reality task”.

Linda Ravazzano

University of Milan

Linda Ravazzano

Research at Leiden University: “Taking part to the STREAM programme had been a great opportunity to work in a true research project inside an international research group. This experience not only made me grow up under an academic point of view, but also gave me the opportunity to discover a new country and to meet people from all over the world”.

Marnix van de Sande

Utrecht University

Marnix van de Sande

Research at University of Zurich: “The STREAM programme offered me the opportunity to experience research first-hand, which really helped me in discovering my own passions and qualities. I am really grateful that I got the chance to take part in an ongoing research project as a fresh BSc graduate. The experiences in the lab have given me a solid impression of what work in a biomedical research lab is like, and this helped me a lot in the choice for a master's degree. I have a much more realistic view of what life as a PhD student is like, and I now know better what to expect if I decide to continue in research”.

Faculty and programme information

Take a look under your faculty or programme tab for further information on internship, research of fieldwork opportunities and procedures for students on your study programme. Alternatively, make an appointment with your faculty's international exchange coordinator

Check your destination

You may not do an internship, research or fieldwork in a country for which negative travel advice has been issued. Check here if your destination is safe. This webpage is in Dutch, but by entering the country name (Dutch spelling) you can view the safety status on a map. If your destination is red or orange, you may not go there.

Photo: Harriët Meiborg

More information

Read more about internships, research and fieldwork abroad.

Internship, research and fieldwork

During your master’s degree, you can do your internship and/or your thesis abroad. 

Arrange it yourself

In consultation with your internship or thesis supervisor, you will need to arrange the following:

  • a location for your internship or thesis
  • approval from your master’s programme
  • suitable supervision (abroad)

Step-by-step plan

  1. Find a location for your internship or thesis abroad with help from your internship or thesis supervisor.
  2. Ensure that you have a local supervisor for the duration of your internship or research abroad, who agrees to supervise your work.
  3. Request approval for your internship or thesis research  abroad from the internship or thesis supervisor for your master’s specialisation.
  4. Discuss with all relevant parties what is expected from you and how many credits you will be awarded on your return. In case of an internship, you should also make sure that you know whether the host organisation will insure you, or whether you need to arrange this for yourself.
  5. Notify the international exchange coordinator of your study abroad period by sending a Responsibility Agreement to exchange@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. This must be signed by your internship or thesis supervisor.
  6. Apply for a grant in good time. The international exchange coordinator can sign a grant agreement and a learning agreement for you, but only if your study abroad has been approved by your internship or thesis supervisor. It is important, therefore, that you have had the Responsibility Agreement (step 5) signed by your supervisor.
  7. Make sure to attend an information session on health and safety abroad. You can register for a session under Health and Safety. During this meeting you’ll receive tips on how to prepare your stay and to travel safely. The meetings are organized on a monthly basis and must be attended before departure.
  8. On your return, the grades and credits you have earned abroad will be processed by the internship or thesis supervisor from your master’s specialisation.
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