at-risk / refugee scientists

At-risk / refuge scientists

The University of Bremen stands alongside its colleagues who are expelled from or facing repression and persecution in their home countries because of their work. For some time now, the IN-Touch Program has been available for refugee academics in Bremen, offering participants the opportunity to network and stay in touch with local science. However, the situation is different for eat-risk researchers. The University of Bremen successfully integrated five at-risk researchers into its institution through the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, but it still does not have a separate, special program dedicated to at-risk researchers. Below, you will find internal and external links to funding opportunities, job portals, organisations, and networks that are relevant for this group.

Funding opportunities

Of the University of Bremen

Temporary positions for Postdocs
Postdocs are supported in setting up independent research projects to be run under their own leadership and responsibility at an early stage in their careers.

Independent Projects for Postdocs
The aim of these projects is to enable advanced postdocs to conduct their own independent research projects in an optimally conducive environment, network in their respective scientific communities, and pave the way for professorships.

Professors of the University of Bremen may apply for funding to invite prospective doctoral candidates from abroad for a one to two week stay in Bremen. 

Guest Lecturer program
The "Guest Lecturer Program" enables researchers from abroad to come to Bremen for a short-term teaching stay, thus giving them an opportunity to build their own research network.

Other opportunities 

Horizon 2020 is the new EUfunding program for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020. It is only available to members of the EU and associated countries such as Turkey.

German Research Foundation (Deutsche-Forschungsgemeinschaft).

German Academic Exchange Service


Scholarship databases  (Germany) (Germany) (Europe)

Offerings / Networks for at-risk scientists

Konrad Adenauer Foundation
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate as well as for Ph.D students. Application deadline is 15.01 and 15.07.

Friedrich Ebert Foundation 
Solidarity fund for political prosecuted foreign students and PhD candidates who resides in Germany. Applicants don`t have to hold a regular recidence permit. Informal application at any time.

Philipp Schwartz-Initiative (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
With the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, universities and research institutes in Germany are given the opportunity to host at-risk researchers with a full scholarship for 24 months. Two such researchers have already been accepted at the University of Bremen. The second round of applications was completed in October 2016. The third call closed. Propably there will be a fourth call in Spring 2018.

Baden-Württemberg Fonds for at-risk scientists
The Baden-Württemberg Foundation initiated a funding program for at- risk scientists. The aim is to provide funding for at-risk scientists and give them the possibility to work in one of the research institutions in Baden-Württemberg.   

The German Research Foundation (DFG)
The DFG offers collaboration in DFG projects to researchers from all career areas who have escaped from their homelands to Germany. Research projects, which are already funded by the DFG, can call for additional staff and thus enable the involvement of refugee researchers. In addition, refugees can be directly funded in graduate colleges, specific research areas and other DFG-funded collaborative projects. As a prospective student, you can make a request directly to the managers of current DFG projects or graduate colleges by referring to the program. We can provide you with information about the ongoing DFG fnded projects in Bremen and help you to establish contact with the project management. 

Volkswagen Foundation
The Volkswagen Foundation, similarly to the DFG, offers refugee researchers who have been granted a residence permit as part of an asylum procedure involvement in existing research projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The project manager must call for the applications. As an interested refugee researcher, you can make a direct request to the management of current projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation by referring to the program.We can provide you with information about the ongoing VW fnded projects in Bremen and help you to establish contact with the project management. 

Science4Refugees matches talented refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with positions in universities and research institutions that are 'refugee-welcoming organisations. 

Scholar Rescue Fund
The Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) provides fellowships for professors, researchers, and public intellectuals whose lives and careers are threatened in their home countries.

Scholar at Risk
Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions and individuals working to protect scholars and promote academic freedom

PAUSE - Collège de France 
PAUSE is a program to help welcome scientists in exile, provides public higher education and/or research establishments in France with subsidies to host scientists in emergency situations. Its open to PhD students up to experienced researchers. 

Chance for Science
Chance for Science provides a platform for scientists who fled to Germany to establish contact with other researchers of their field. Theyalso benefit from access to libraries, conferences and other university events.