Refugees & Scholars at Risk

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The support of refugees and threatened foreign researchers is an important concern for UDE.

So far, UDE participated successfully at all rounds of the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative, administered by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, to support reasearchers from countries like Pakistan, Syria and Turkey.

Universities and research institutions in Germany receive support from the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative through the Scholars at Risk Network, the Scholar Rescue Fund and the Council for At-Risk Academics. The Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation made agreements about offering comprehensive support with this leading organizations in the field of assisting threatened scientists and researchers. This support includes advice and assistance in identifying suitable researchers, vetting candidates identified by institutions directly, pre-arrival and post-arrival advice for candidates and hosts, transition assistance and possible follow-up placement for researchers at the end of their Philipp Schwartz fellowships. Here you will find more Information on the programm.

Source: Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

Current note for departments

The deadline for application for the seventh round of the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative is February 29, 2020.

Academy in Exile

You also might be interested in Academy in Exile. The Institute of Turkish Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI) invite scholars from or in Turkey to join the academy in exile with funding support from the Volkswagen Foundation. It is for scholars who are at risk or in exile because of their academic work and/or civic engagement with human rights and the pursuit of academic freedom.

Further Funding Opportunities

On this website you will receive infomation on further funding opportunities for threatened foreign researchers.

Interview on the situation in Turkey

Here you can find an interview with Kader Konuk (Professor at the UDE) on the current situation in Turkey

Interview with Dr. Mehmet Rauf Kesici

Here you can find an interview with Dr. Mehmet Rauf Kesici.