Teaching and research abroad

The International Office provides advice and support to Leuphana researchers and teaching staff, who intend to go abroad for teaching or research purposes or work on a cooperation project with international partners. Please find below an overview of funding opportunities for joint projects with international partners. For further information, please contact us via e-mail or phone. We will gladly support you in the application process.

Funding programmes - Internal application

The following overview includes information about individual funding and project funding programmes, which either require a central application (via the International Office) and/or an internal application.


Erasmus+, the programme for education, youth and sport of the European Union, combines the previous EU education programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport with cooperation programmes of higher education. The goal is to improve competencies and employability, to modernise the general and professional education as well as to advance the child and youth services during the duration of the programme from 2014 to 2020. Overall 33 countries are part of the program. These include, besides the 28 EU states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway and Turkey.

The Erasmus+ programme comprises three key actions:

  • Key action 1 - Individual mobility
  • Key action 2 - Partnerships and cooperation projects
  • Key action 3 - Support of political reform processes

With funds of about 14 billion Euro more than 4 million people shall profit from the Erasmus+ programme. Particularly the mobility inside of Europe, and to a smaller extent with other parts of the world, shall be strengthened. Until 2020, 2 million students alone shall profit from Erasmus+, including more than a quarter million from Germany. Students from all study cycles, including doctorate studies, who want to complete parts of their studies or an internship in a foreign country will be funded. The previous excellence program Erasmus Mundus, which supports a complete master’s degree in selected European master’s courses, is also part of Erasmus+.

Furthermore, Erasmus+ is supposed to contribute in increasing the internationalisation of universities by funding short term lectureships and advanced trainings for lecturers and administrative staff. Additionally, other measures such as inviting foreign company personnel for teaching assignments, participation in multilateral Strategic Partnerships with European partners (including non-academic partners) and developing joint innovation projects, for example in the field of curriculum development or regarding topics transcending educational boundaries, will be employed. To strengthen the collaboration between universities and the economy, international knowledge alliances will be supported. Universities which want to engage in increasing capacities in third countries can do this via the programme part for international university partnerships.

The application for most mobility measures and Strategic Partnerships is performed decentralised at the respective national agency. For universities in Germany this is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD).

Staff mobility

Further information and application forms can be found here

International academic cooperation

For cooperation projects with international partners, funding can be requested from the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture via the International Office. Eligible for support are travel costs to foreign universities and daily allowances for colleagues from foreign universities staying at Leuphana. More

Key action 1 - Individual mobility

Key action 2 - Institutional Cooperation

Key action 3 - Support of political reform processes

Funding programmes - External Application

At national level the main funding institutions for individual research or teaching stays abroad and for cooperation projects with international partners are, besides an array of smaller organisations, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). An overview of the funding programs and funding lines with international elements of these largest German funding institutions can be found following these links:

DAAD Individual Funding

DAAD Project Funding

DFG Research Funding

AvH Funding



Project-based faculty exchange

The DAAD programmes for funding of binational scientific cooperation


The information portal for mobile scientists

Horizon 2020

Information on the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020 is given by the Research Service

European Commission

The official Erasmus+ Website

International Office
Universitätsallee 1, building 14 / first floor
D-21335 Lüneburg