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5th round of the Philipp-Schwartz-Initiative funding programme

The funding program of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative for persecuted researchers enters the 5th round. Universities and research institutions can once again apply for funding to accept researchers at risk. Successful institutions will receive funding to grant fellowships to successfully nominated threatened scientists and scholars for research stays in Germany of initially up to 24 months. An extension of up to 12 months can be granted in the framework of a co-financing model.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, with the support of the Federal Foreign Office, has launched the fourth round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The programme supports researchers who seek protection in Germany because they are threatened with war or persecution in their home countries. The initiative will enable universities and research institutions in Germany to take on endangered foreign researchers as Philipp Schwartz scholarship holders for two years so that they can continue their work.

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 three 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

In order to make a scholarship possible, it is also important to have a workplace at the University of Bremen and find a mentor at the University of Bremen, with whom you can fill out the application documents together.

Please send your application to:

Universität Bremen        
Welcome Center             
Attn: Jo Kroke          
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 7   
Building SFG, Room 0330        
28359 Bremen/Germany             
e-Mail: scholarsatriskprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de   
Phone: +49 421-218-60386

The extended application deadline in the Welcome Center is 27th February 2019. Please ensure that you submit a complete application. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

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.