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At-Risk Researchers


The University of Bonn actively supports researchers who can no longer work in their home countries due to persecution and/or violence.

As founding member of the Scholars at Risk Germany Section, the University of Bonn explicitly commits itself to the principle of academic freedom.

Job Offers

Job Portals for Academics

Funding Opportunities

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Scholarship Databases

Offers & Networks for At-Risk Researchers

Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative provides universities and research institutions in Germany with the means to host foreign researchers at risk for a period of 24 months on a fully funded research fellowship. Please visit the initiative's website for current calls.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG offers collaboration in DFG projects to researchers from all career areas who have escaped from their homelands to Germany. Research projects, which are already 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 Bonn and help you to establish contact with the project management.

Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation, similarly to the DFG, offers refugee researchers who have been granted a residence permit as part of an asylum procedure involvement in existing research projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. 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 with information about the ongoing Volkswagen Foundation funded projects in Bonn and help you to establish contact with the project management. 

Baden-Württemberg Fund for Researchers at Risk

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


Science4Refugees matches talented refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with positions in universities and research institutions that are "refugee-welcoming organisations". 

Scholar Rescue Fund

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

Scholars at Risk

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

Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)

This globally active NGO from the UK connects at-risk researchers with universities/research institutions and offers funding support.

Chance for Science

Chance for Science provides a platform for scientists who fled to Germany to establish contact with other researchers of their field. Theyalso benefit from access to libraries, conferences and other university events. 


International Office 
Section International Cooperation and Marketing
Mr. Simon Benhöfer
Phone: +49 (0)228/73-4823
Email: benhoefer[at]


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