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Philipp-Schwartz-Initiative sholarship programme

The application deadline for the 9th round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative's sholarship program for persecuted researchers* has passed. The application deadline for the 10th round is expected to start in summer 2021. 

In 2015 the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Auswertigen Amt, launched the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. With the help of this program, researchers who can no longer work in their home countries because they are threatened or persecuted 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.

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, who:

  • 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; researchers who hold German university entrance qualifications (“Bildungsinländer”) are not eligible
  • 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
  • who have not yet been funded in the context of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative
  • individuals holding dual nationality, who thus have access to a safe country, and German nationals are not eligible to be nominated
  • multiple nominations of the same individual by several potential host institutions are not permissible
  • 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.

+++ Important +++ 

In addition to the above criteria, it is essential that you have a workplace at the University of Bremen and that you have found a mentor at the University of Bremen! This mentor should be from your research area. Without a mentor the sholarship is not possible!

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             
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Phone: +49 421-218-57122

Fellowship Program of the State of Bremen

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

      Application deadline

(Next round: tba)


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SFG 0330
Tel: +49-421-218 57122
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