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At-Risk and Refugee Scientists and Scholars

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The University of Jena supports scientists and scholars who have been displaced or who are subject to persecution or repression in their home countries. There are numerous support options for refugee scientists at the University of Jena.

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Researchers from Ukraine

Information and funding programmes for refugees from Ukraine you will find here

Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

12th call of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative Expand entry

Philipp Schwartz Initiative: Main Programme

  • 12th Call (Deadline 21.10.2022)
  • Applications are by nomination by professors of the University of Jena only (Researchers cannot directly apply for this programme)

Please contact the Welcome Point of the International Office if you would like to become a host in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative or have questions about the programme.

Dr. Mareike Rind (gawi@uni-jena.de) 03641/9-401551

Information for scientists at risk Expand entry

In cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation created the Philipp Schwartz Initiative in 2015. The programme is aimed at scientists and scholars who are at risk and threatened and who are subject to persecution and repressions in their home countries. It allows them to continue their academic work in Germany.

Applications are by nomination by professors of the University of Jena only. Researchers cannot directly apply for this programme. 

Requirements:

  • supervisory commitment of a scientific mentor at the University of Jena to the nominated person;
  • completed doctorate or comparable academic degree (PhD, CSc or equivalent);
  • nominated persons must not be or have been resident outside their own country for more than five years at the time of application;
  • sufficient language skills to successfully conduct their research project;
  • scientific qualifications (e.g. publications);
  • potential to be integrated in the (academic) job market;
  • proof of at-risk status
  • In the case of Afghan and Ukrainian nominees, a self-report on their at-risk status is sufficient
Information for hosts Expand entry

In the framework of this programme, higher education and research institutions can apply for funding to host researchers at risk. Scientists and scholars who have been nominated successfully can be awarded fellowship funds or contracts of employment for research stays that last up to 24 months. In the framework of a co-funding model, an extension of up to 12 additional months is possible. 

Applications are submitted centrally by the International Office. Please contact us (gawi@uni-jena.de) if you would like to become a host in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative or have questions about the programme.

For more information about the programme and current programme documents, please see here.

Application and support Expand entry

The International Office / Welcome Point will take care of...

  • the application,
  • the coordination with the host institute and the academic mentor,
  • the processing of the grants and reporting.

The International Office / Welcome Point supports...

  • THE FELLOWS...
    • with needs-oriented mentoring,
    • with individual tutoring/mentoring services or dealing with public administrative authorities, opening a bank account, health insurance, looking for a place of residence, individual language courses, intercultural offers, workshops, welcome packages, status (contract management);
  • THE HOST INSTITUTES...
    • with extensive support offers (support with applications formats, funding options, getting into contact with and placement of potential candidates, tutoring services, looking for an apartment, information events for host institutes and faculties).

Further programmes and supporting networks

Global Scholars at Risk Network Expand entry
  • University of Jena: member since 2021
  • an international network consisting of more than 500 institutions of higher education from 38 countries
  • placement of at-risk scientists/scholars at host institutes as well as risk assessment for nominations in the context of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative
  • workshops and events
SAR Germany Section Expand entry
  • University of Jena: member since 2021
  • network of German institutions of higher education, research institutions, and scientific organizations
The New School (The New University in Exile Konsortium) Expand entry
  • University of Jena: member since 2021
  • strengthening the community of refugee researchers
  • seminars, workshops, and joint projects
Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Expand entry
  • one-year partial scholarship for international stays at universities and research institutions
  • help with establishing contact between researchers and research institutes http://www.scholarrescuefund.org/scholars
  • co-funding of two threatened scholars at the University of Jena 2019–2020

Contact

Welcome Point of the International Office for refugee researchers from Ukraine who already have a PhD-degree
Oliver Schmerbauch und Dr. Mareike Rind
07743 Jena
Office hours:
Nach Vereinbarung
Graduate Academy refugees from Ukraine who are interested in starting a PhD-programme or who already are PhD-researchers