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Refugee and 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.

Support Program "Refuge-Access-Future"

The University of Bonn's support program "Refuge-Access-Future" for refugee researchers will resume in 2019. The program shall facilitate the professional integration in Germany by offering workshops, consultation and funding for German classes.

Further information can be found here.

Offers for refugee and at-risk researchers

Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative gives universities and research institutions in Germany the opportunity to host at-risk researchers for a period of 24 months on a fully funded scholarship. At the University of Bonn, three scientists have already been admitted. Current tenders are published on the website of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG offers at-risk researchers who have fled to Germany the option of participating in ongoing DFG projects. Research projects that are already being funded by the DFG can submit applications for additional staff, thereby enabling the integration of refugee researchers. Furthermore, refugee researchers can also be funded directly in Research Training Groups, Collaborative Research Centers and other DFG-funded collaborative projects. If you are interested, you can send a request directly to the management of current DFG projects or Research Training Groups by referring to the program. We are happy to give you information about the current DFG projects in Bonn and help you with getting in touch.

Volkswagen Foundation

Similar to the DFG's offer, the Volkswagen Foundation offers refugee researchers, who have been granted a residence permit as part of an asylum procedure, the opportunity to work in existing research projects funded by the Foundation. Again, the project management makes the request. If you are interested, you can send a request directly to the management of current projects sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation with reference to the program. We are happy to give you information about the current VW projects in Bonn and help you with getting in touch.

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.


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 for professors, researchers and renowned 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 UK based organization links at-risk academics to universities and provides funding.

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.

PAUSE - Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil

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.

Regular funding opportunities

Job offers

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