Scholarships for researchers at-risk/refugee

Service and Advice for At-risk and Refugee Scientists

  • Konrad Adenauer Foundation
    The Konrad Adenauer Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. The application deadlines are January 15th and July 15th of each year.

  • Friedrich Ebert Foundation 
    Among other groups, this political foundation funds students and PhD candidates who have fled persecution in their home countries and now reside in Germany. Having a residency permit is not a requirement. Applications may be submitted at any time.

  • Philipp Schwartz-Initiative (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
    With the Philipp Schwartz Initiative universities and research institutes in Germany have the opportunity to issue a full scholarship to at-risk researchers for a time period of 24 months. University of Bremen has already successfully hosted two such researchers. The fifth round is open for applications at the moment. All further information you can find here.

  • Fellowship for displaced and at-risk scienits of Lower Saxony
    The Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony offers scientists who have been displaced or are seeking refuge, a three-year research scholarship. The application deadline was November of 2017, and more scholarships may come available at a later time.

  • Baden-Württemberg Fonds for at-risk scientists
    The Baden-Württemberg Foundation initiated a funding program for at- risk scientists. The aim is to provide funding to at-risk scientists and give them the opportunity to work in one of the research institutions in Baden-Württemberg.  

  • The German Research Foundation (DFG)
    The DFG offers collaboration in DFG projects to researchers from all career areas who have been forced to flee their home countries and now reside in Germany. Research projects that are already being funded by the DFG can call for additional staff and thus enable the involvement of refugee researchers. In addition, refugees can be directly funded in graduate colleges, specific research areas and other DFG-funded collaborative projects. As a prospective student, you can make a request directly to the managers of current DFG projects or graduate colleges by referring to the program. We can provide you with information about the ongoing DFG funded projects in Bremen and help you to establish contact with the project management.

  • Volkswagen Foundation
    The Volkswagen Foundation, similar to the DFG, offers refugee researchers involvement opportunities in ongoing research projects funded by the Volkswagen foundation. Having been issued a residency permit is a requirement. The project manager must call for the applications. As an interested refugee researcher, you can make a direct request to the management of current projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation by referring to the program.We can provide you information about the ongoing VW fnded projects in Bremen and help you initiate contact with the project management.

  • Science4Refugees 
    Science4Refugees helps refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background find positions at universities and research institutions.

  • Scholar Rescue Fund
    The Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) provides fellowships to professors, researchers, and renowned intellectuals whose lives and careers are threatened in their home countries.

  • Scholar at Risk
    Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions and individuals working to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

  • PAUSE - Collège de France 
    PAUSE is a program to French universities and research institutes, similar to the Philipp Schwartz program in Germany. It allows institutions to host at-risk scientists. It is open to doctoral students, postdocs, as well as experienced scientists.

  • Chance for Science
    Chance for Science provides a platform for scientists who fled to Germany to establish contact with other researchers in their field. They also benefit from access to libraries, conferences and can participate at events taking place at the universities.  



Funding Opportunities

Of the University of Bremen

Temporary positions for Postdocs 
Support is available to postdoctoral researchers in independently setting up and leading research projects early in their career.

Independent Projects for Postdocs
These projects aim to make it possible for postdoctoral researchers to conduct their research in a productive environment, network in their scientific communities and potentially find professorships. 

Professors of the University of Bremen may apply for funding to invite prospective doctoral candidates from abroad for a one to two week stay in Bremen.

Other opportunities

Horizon 2020 is a EU funding program for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020. It is only available to members of the EU, as well as associated countries such as Turkey.

German Research Foundation ('Deutsche-Forschungsgemeinschaft').

German Academic Exchange Service

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