LDE Global
Research and Education with the Majority World

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities are in the perfect position to contribute in an interdisciplinary way to the urgent global challenges we nowadays face, not only in its own region, but more importantly: worldwide. To make a real difference, we closely collaborate with our partners in the Majority World on topics such as Health, Water, Energy, Housing, Climate, Migration, Heritage and more. 

Working together on Global Challenges for a Better World 


LDE Global Support invites members of the academic community of the LDE Universities to submit new proposals for funding. The budget for 2024 has already been allocated to various projects. In 2025, there will again be opportunities to submit proposals for support from LDE Global. The first deadline is March 1, 2025.

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities support initiatives which aim at co-creation of research or other programmes between faculty members of the LDE-universitites and scholars and scientists from 'majority world countries' in Africa, South- and Southeast-Asia and Latin-America. Groups of scholars and scientists could receive a financial contribution of up to €25,000 to co-create research and/or other programmes and/or organise joint LDE-Majority World seminars, workshops, summer schools or other activities.


They need to meet the following conditions:

  1. Convincing two-pager (max. 800 words) on the intended interdisciplinary programme proposal and/or joint LDE-Majority World seminar, workshop, summer school or other activity. 
  2. If applicable, the details of potential private or public partners.
  3. The details of potential follow up activities in education, research development, and/or forms of impact.
  4. In line with the strategy for co-operation between the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities.
  5. Involvement of the three LDE-universities and partners from the majority world.
  6. Specific details of the desired form of support. In this, it is strongly recommended that the financial contribution be used to support the co-creation of research, education or other programmes and/or the organisation of joint LDE-Majority World seminars, workshops, summer schools or other activities. Time of LDE-faculty invested in the project will not be supported through this support programme.


Proposals for support from LDE Global Support can be submitted to the Dean of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities Prof. Wim van den Doel. This should take the form of a proposal (max. 800 words) focusing on the above conditions.


Applicants will be informed within a month as to whether the proposal has been approved. The decision will be taken by the LDE Dean based on the advice of a committee. Members of the committee:

More information and contact:

LDE Global Support: David Wubs via

    Funded LDE Global Projects:

    Since 2022 the following project have been funded by LDE Global:


    • The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus-East Africa Research Network (LEARN). Coordination: Prof.dr. Shuaib Lwasa (ISS)
    • Contemporary migrations in the Americas: cross-Atlantic dialogue for socio-spatial justice. Coordination: Dr. Amalia Campos Delgado (Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society, Leiden University).
    • Building Feminist Urban Futures in the Majority World. Coordination: Dr. Bahar Sakizlioglu (EUR), Dr. Cristiana Strava (Universiteit Leiden) en Dr. Darinka Czischke (TU Delft).
    • Towards strengthening cervical cancer healthcare services in Cameroon and its francophone counterparts. Coordination: Ir. Karlheinz Samenjo (Department of Sustainable Design Engineering, TU Delft).
    • The Nairobi River as a driver for Circular Communities – an urgent call for climate adaptivity and socio-ecological resilience. Coordination: Ir. Mo Smit (faculteit Bouwkunde, TU Delft)
    • Policing the illicit trade in cultural object. Coordination: dr. Naomi Oosterman (ESHCC, EUR).