One million dollars for researchers at risk – Mellon Foundation continues to support Humboldt Foundation initiative

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updated on June 24, 2019

New donation makes additional fellowships under Philipp Schwartz Initiative possible

As in 2017, the American Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is once again donating US$ 1.05 million to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in support of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The funding is to be used to finance additional fellowships for humanities scholars who are seeking refuge in Germany from war and persecution in their own countries. It can also be used to finance extensions of fellowships and to help the institutions taking in these researchers to provide more customised support.

Based in New York, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports projects and institutions undertaken in the arts and humanities field by cultural and research institutions.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched in 2015 by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. The initiative is financed by the Federal Foreign Office and receives support in the form of donations from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Stifterverband and the Stiftung Mercator.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation cooperates on the Philipp Schwartz Initiative with experienced partner organisations such as the Scholars at Risk Network, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund and the Council for At-Risk Academics. The initiative is named after the Jewish pathologist Philipp Schwarz who had to flee from Nazi Germany in 1933 and founded the Emergency Society of German Scholars Abroad.

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