Support for Scientists with a Refugee Background

The University of Wuppertal is a member of the Scholars at Risk network and cooperates with the Scholar Rescue Fund of the International Institute of Education. These organizations receive and review the applications of refugee scholars and scientists and then try to find an adequate position for them. 

The university's own Scientist Database can be used to identify researchers, research areas and contact details at the university. The International Center offers support to the university ´s institutes, chairs, and working groups who would like to host a refugee scholar or scientist. This includes finding suitable support programmes or training measures and preparing applications to help refugee scholars and scientists attain the necessary skills and professional orientation in this new academic environment.

Scientists with a refugee background can take part in the "German in the Evening“  courses, offered by the university ´s Language Learning Center („Sprachlehrinstitut“) .

Scholarship Programmes for At-Risk and Refugee Scientists

Philipp Schwartz Initiative for researchers at risk: 14th call for nominations

Universities in Germany can apply for funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to support threatened researchers. Scholars from non-EU countries exposed to significant and acute individual risks can be nominated. Please note that scholars must be nominated by institutions and cannot apply directly. Successful institutions will receive funds to grant the nominated scholar research stays in the form of a research fellowship of up to 24 months. Applications are coordinated at the University of Wuppertal centrally by its International Center.

The deadline for nominations is 16 February 2024.

Please find the updated programme documents and further information on the website of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.

Contact: bieck[at]

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)

Scholar Rescue Fund


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