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Philipp-Schwartz-Initiative scholarship program

In 2015 the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office (Auswertiges Amt) launched the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. With the help of this program researchers who are threatened or persecuted in their home country and can therefore no longer work there can continue their work at German universities, scientific institutions and non-university research facilities.

Within this scholarship, the universities and research institutions can apply for funding to host researchers at risk. Successfully nominated at-risk researchers can be awarded fellowships for up to 24-month research stays. An extension of up to twelve additional months is possible under a co-funding model.

The 10th round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative funding program for scholars at risk has been completed. There is currently no open call for applications.

Requirements for application

Researchers from all academic disciplines and all countries of origin who are demonstrably under threat may be considered for research funding within the context of Philipp Schwartz fellowships, if they:

  • have found a mentor at the University of Bremen and a workplace is present. This mentor should come from the same research area.
  • hold a doctorate or equivalent academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent)
  • in general have not yet spent more than five years away from their home countries at the time of application
  • demonstrate the language skills required for the successful completion of the research project
  • possess academic qualifications (e.g. publications)
  • possess potential to be integrated into the (research-related) job market
  • have not yet been funded in the context of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative
  • can present a proof of danger. Only the following counts as proof here:
    1. a residence status in the context of an asylum-granting procedure within the EU that confirms a recognised threat or
    2. a credible threat assessment issued by a third party, such as the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) or the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA), within the previous 12 months.

Not eligible are:

  • individuals holding dual nationality, who thus have access to a safe country, as well as German nationals 
  • individuals with multiple nominations by several potential host institutions
  • researchers who hold German university entrance qualifications (“Bildungsinländer”)

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Without a mentor the scholarship is not possible! Only complete applications will be accepted.

We are looking forward to welcoming new researchers at the University of Bremen.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Universität Bremen        
Welcome Center                    
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 7   
Building SFG, Room 0330        
28359 Bremen/Germany             
Phone: +49 421-218-57122

Fellowship Program of the State of Bremen

Apart from the Philipp-Schwartz Initiative, the State of Bremen also offers another sholarship program for at-risk scholars. The fellowship is available for PhD candidates and Postdocs. Further information can be found here.

There is currently no open call for applications.