Scholars at Risk

Solidarity with at risk students and researchers

Worldwide, scientists are facing threats and restrictions in their academic work because of their research and ideas. These limitations range from travel restrictions and unjustified dismissals to imprisonment and violence.

The International Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network is a worldwide association of over 500 universities, research institutions and other scientific organizations dedicated to helping threatend researchers and promoting scientific freedom.

Technical University of Darmstadt is a founding member of the German section of the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR Germany Section).

The aim of this alliance is to ensure an exchange of experience and knowledge on the situation of at risk researchers in Germany and to provide support and protection at the member institutions.

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SAR Germany-Section,
Founding Statement

"In joining Scholars at Risk, German academic leadership, faculty, students and staff send a strong message of solidarity with scholars and universities in situations where academic freedom is restricted and research, publication, teaching and learning are repressed".

Philipp Schwartz-Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

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Funding of research projects by threatend researchers

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative gives universities and research institutions in Germany the opportunity to host at risk researchers for 24 months as part of a full fellowship.

PSI - next round of applications

The application period for the 13th round of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Philipp Schwartz Initiative has ended.

Please visit this website regularly for the latest information on the next round of applications.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was founded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the Federal Foreign Office and enables universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions in Germany to grant fellowships for research stays to threatened researchers.

This initiative is financed by the Federal Foreign Office, the Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Stifterverband and the Mercator Foundation.

Further information can be found on the website of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.

“HessenFonds”-Scholarships for Refugees and Victims of Persecution

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Funding of highly qualified students, PhD-students and researchers

The Hessian ministry of higher education, research, science and the arts gives out 12-month scholarships to highly gifted and well performing students and scientists who have a background as refugee or victim of persecution in form of the HessenFonds

HessenFonds - funding starting from October 2024

Applications for the 18th round can now be submitted until 01 August 2024.

Scholarships are awarded in the two funding lines

  • for refugee students, doctoral candidates and scientists
  • for doctoral candidates and scientists persecuted or at risk in their home countries

for more information and support.

The Hessian ministry of higher education, research, science and the arts (HMWK) is offering scholarships in form of the HessenFonds to highly talented students and scientists with a background as refugee or victim of persecution. The scholarship supports the continuation of studies or research activities at Hessian institutions for higher education. The elegibility period usually spans over one year.

Please note that a direct application at the HMWK is not possible. Applicants have to notify their respective institution of higher education.

Further information can be found on the website of the Hessian ministry of higher education, research, science and the arts.

For specific concerns and questions about funding opportunities at TU Darmstadt, please .