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An important aspect of any international research or educational enquiry is finances. Here, we provide you with an overview of different funding opportunities for your project.


Students looking for support and funding for their research or education opportunities abroad or when coming to Leiden can explore the following websites. There are more funding opportunities depending on your specific situation. If you are coming to study at the LUMC, please contact LUMC global to learn more about student funding.

Information about student funding

General information

The Leiden University student website provides basis information on studying abroad and related financial matters.

The Financial Matters page on the Leiden University student website provides information on funding opportunities and tips & tricks financially when studying abroad.

Funding opportunities

Euroscholars offers a unique research abroad program designed for advanced and talented undergraduate students from US and Canadian institutions looking for an international research experience.

Students applying to LUMC’s master programmes can apply for the Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS). Check out the criteria via the link.

The Erasmus+ programme, an initiative of the European Commission, makes a substantial contribution to Leiden University’s internationalization goals. Erasmus+ provides grants for educational projects with partners in and outside Europe, as well as facilitating international student and staff exchange.

The LUMC is part of the Eurolife consortium. Each year Eurolife offers 18 grants to undergraduate and master students of the partner institutions to carry out the practical part of their studies – research – at one of the Eurolife institutions.

How much does it cost to live and study in the Netherlands? And how are you going to finance all of this? Find out your options through Study in Holland and find funding opportunities!

Beursopener provides an elaborate list of different grants and scholarships you can apply for for your study project or program.


Researchers looking to collaborate with international partners, aiming for international research mobility, can explore the following funding options. All funding opportunities mentioned below are recurring grants once or several times a year. Also check out our LUMC Research Grants and Support page on Before applying for any of the funding possiblities mentioned below, please contact for more information.

Research grants

Individual grants & awards

Country-specific grants

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Consortium grants

Global Health Project Funding 

International Funds and Foundations

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    • Focus: Global health, poverty alleviation, education, and access to information technology.
    • Projects: Vaccine development, healthcare innovations, combating diseases like malaria and polio.
  • Wellcome Trust

    • Focus: Biomedical research and innovation.
    • Projects: Funding scientific research, healthcare initiatives, and global health programs.
  • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

    • Focus: Combating AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
    • Projects: Financing healthcare initiatives, prevention programs, and treatments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • Ford Foundation

    • Focus: Social justice, economic opportunities, human rights.
    • Projects: Initiatives aimed at healthcare access, community development, and education in LMICs.
  • Rockefeller Foundation

    • Focus: Public health, food security, renewable energy.
    • Projects: Funding healthcare programs, disease research, and infrastructure improvements in developing countries.

European Funds and Foundations

  • European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

    • Focus: Clinical research and capacity building.
    • Projects: Supporting clinical trials to combat infectious diseases in Africa.
  • Fondation Mérieux

    • Focus: Combating infectious diseases, laboratory improvements, and public health.
    • Projects: Capacity building, research projects, and healthcare improvements in developing countries.
  • Medicor Foundation

    • Focus: Healthcare, education, and economic development.
    • Projects: Funding healthcare projects, infrastructure improvements, and education programs in LMICs.

Dutch Funds and Foundations

  • Dutch Development Bank (FMO)

    • Focus: Sustainable development, economic growth, and infrastructure.
    • Projects: Financing healthcare projects, infrastructure development, and capacity building in developing countries.
  • Nuffic

    • Focus: International cooperation in higher education.
    • Projects: Scholarships and capacity building in LMICs, with special programs focused on healthcare and medical research.
  • Hivos

    • Focus: Social inclusion, sustainable food production, and energy.
    • Projects: Supporting healthcare initiatives, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

Company-Specific Foundations

  • Novartis Foundation

    • Focus: Healthcare innovations and access to care.
    • Projects: Innovative healthcare programs, access to medicines, and capacity building in developing countries.
  • Johnson & Johnson Foundation

    • Focus: Healthcare, disease prevention, and capacity building.
    • Projects: Financing healthcare initiatives, disease research, and community development in LMICs.
  • Pfizer Foundation

    • Focus: Access to healthcare and medical innovation.
    • Projects: Supporting healthcare initiatives, research into new treatments, and emergency aid in developing countries.

Multilateral and Non-Profit Organizations

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    • Focus: Global health and healthcare standards.
    • Projects: Global health initiatives, disease research, and capacity building in LMICs

    • Focus: Children’s rights and welfare.
    • Projects: Children’s healthcare programs, vaccination campaigns, and emergency aid in developing countries.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

    • Focus: Medical emergency aid and healthcare in crisis areas.
    • Projects: Direct medical aid, healthcare support, and research initiatives in LMICs.

Lesser-Known Family and Private Foundations

  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

    • Focus: Medical research, environment, arts, and culture.
    • Projects: Innovative medical research projects and healthcare access.
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

    • Focus: Environment, science, healthcare, and conservation.
    • Projects: Healthcare innovations and research.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    • Focus: Healthcare and public health.
    • Projects: Healthcare initiatives and public health research.
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

    • Focus: Health, education, and economic stability.
    • Projects: Healthcare projects and capacity building.
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    • Focus: Healthcare, children’s health, environment, and science.
    • Projects: Healthcare initiatives and children’s health programs.

Dutch Family and Private Foundations

  • Stichting Dioraphte

    • Focus: Healthcare, education, culture, and development cooperation.
    • Projects: Healthcare projects and initiatives in developing countries.
  • Stichting Anton Jurgens Fonds

    • Focus: Social welfare, healthcare, and community development.
    • Projects: Healthcare access and community development.
  • Stichting INGKA Foundation

    • Focus: Sustainability, social welfare, and community support.
    • Projects: Improving living conditions and healthcare in developing countries.
  • Stichting DOEN

    • Focus: Sustainability, culture, and social initiatives.
    • Projects: Healthcare projects and well-being in developing countries.
  • Rabobank Foundation

    • Focus: Agricultural development, financial inclusion, and community development.
    • Projects: Healthcare initiatives and economic development.
  • Triodos Foundation

    • Focus: Sustainability, social innovation, and culture.
    • Projects: Sustainable and socially responsible healthcare projects.
  • Stichting Adessium

    • Focus: Nature and environment, social justice, and social welfare.
    • Projects: Healthcare initiatives and social justice.
  • Stichting Turing Foundation

    • Focus: Education, nature conservation, and art.
    • Projects: Healthcare and malaria control in developing countries.
  • Heineken Africa Foundation

    • Focus: Healthcare and water projects.
    • Projects: Healthcare and water projects in Africa.
  • Stichting Vrienden van Bambino Gesina

    • Focus: Pediatrics and healthcare.
    • Projects: Healthcare for children in developing countries.