Offers for refugee researchers at HU


Refugee researchers – or researchers at risk in their countries of origin – who turn to Humboldt-Universität will, where possible, be offered individual counselling that is quick and non-bureaucratic regarding opportunities to make connections with people in similar fields, funding opportunities and, potentially, their career prospects at Humboldt-Universität.


Philipp Schwartz Scholarships

Thanks to their successful applications in the fourth round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative this year, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) will once again be able to award two 24-month scholarships to at-risk researchers from abroad. In total, the HU has now raised funding for six scholarships as part of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, established in 2016.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the Federal Foreign Office. It makes it possible for universities and non-university research institutes in Germany to award scholarships to visiting researchers at risk.

HU press release: "Another success for the Philipp Schwartz initiative" (25.09.2018)

More information - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


HU and "Scholars at Risk"

Since June 2017, the HU is a member of the “Scholars at Risk” (SAR) network, which unites over 500 academic institutions from 39 countries to provide support to vulnerable scientists worldwide. The key objectives of the network include improving the visibility of the needs of at-risk researchers from around the globe and strengthening academic freedom.

As members of this network, HU researchers and students can participate in any of the following activities: organization of joint events with other academics from the SAR network as part of the SAR Speaker Series; support for incarcerated researchers by means of student advocacy seminars and campaigns; participation in the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project; attendance at SAR conferences and workshops.


Einstein Guest Professorships and Einstein Junior Scholarships

The Einstein Foundation is committed to fostering academic freedom and international collaboration. Two special programmes (Einstein Guest Professorships and Einstein Junior Scholarships) are offered temporary in order to reach this objective and to enable researchers who are experiencing constraints in their work around the world to come to Berlin for two years to pursue their research without undue restrictions or threats.

More information - Einstein Foundation


Participating in DFG projects

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) offers refugee researchers at various levels of academic qualification the opportunity to participate in on-going DFG projects: Claims for additional staff may be made for research projects already funded by DFG, thus allowing for the involvement of refugee researchers.

More information - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


Additional funding from the Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) also offers the opportunity to apply for additional funding for the purposes of supporting refugee researchers: Researchers already receiving funding from the Volkswagen Foundation can claim additional funding of up to €200,000 in order to integrate refugee researchers into their on-going research project.

More information - Volkswagen Foundation




Sarah Hartmann

International Strategy Office

Main Contact HU initiatives “Refugees Welcome”

Tel.: +49 (0)30 2093-20092