Information for Threatened and Refugee Researchers

The GIGA shows solidarity with colleagues who are at risk in their countries of origin. Below you will find a list of links to funding opportunities, organisations, and networks that offer support for threatened and refugee researchers.

Konrad Adenauer Foundation
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation provides scholarships for refugees. Undergraduate and graduate students as well as PhD candidates may apply. The application deadlines are 15 January and 15 July of each year.

Friedrich Ebert Foundation
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation offers financial support for students and upcoming scholars who are political refugees in the form of a solidarity fund. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
The Philipp Schwartz Initiative provides universities and research institutions in Germany with the means to host threatened foreign researchers for a period of 24 months on a fully funded research fellowship.

The German Research Foundation (DFG)
The DFG has made funding options available for scientists and academics who have fled their home countries. Supplemental proposals to research projects that are already funded by the DFG can be submitted for refugees and at-risk researchers who have already completed a degree programme and for any funding which allows refugees to be integrated in a project. Proposals can be submitted informally at any time.

Volkswagen Foundation
The Volkswagen Foundation has two funding opportunities: The fellowships programme provides researchers who have been funded by the foundation during the last 10 years with the means to host threatened foreign researchers for a period of up to two years. Furthermore, recipients of grants for projects currently funded by the foundation can (in addition to the grants already made) integrate refugee scholars into their research projects.

Scholar Rescue Fund
The Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) supports visiting appointments for threatened scholars to continue their work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide.

Scholars at Risk Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.