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Threatened researchers find refuge in Germany: Philipp Schwartz Initiative funds another 38 fellows

No. 13/2019

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected the research institutions that will be participating in the fifth round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative: With the help of this initiative, 28 institutions from throughout Germany will be able to host foreign researchers who are at threat.

Financial assistance will be provided for 38 researchers who have sought refuge in Germany because they are threatened by war or persecution in their homeland. Starting October 2019, these researchers will conduct research as Philipp Schwartz Fellows for two years at the selected institutions.

The 28 host institutions were selected from 56 universities and research institutions that wanted to host one or more threatened researchers and whose proposals included concepts for the researchers’ professional and personal integration. Altogether, 96 individuals were nominated. In addition to the quality of integration plans, the academic match and the researchers’ qualifications, the deciding factors included the prospects for a successful new start to their careers.

The researchers who will now be hosted by the selected universities come from Turkey (26 fellows), Syria (7), Cameroon (2) Iraq, Ukraine and Zimbabwe (one each).

The following universities have been selected to take in threatened researchers in the fifth round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative:

  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Augsburg
  • University of Bamberg
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Julius Kühn Institute
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Goethe University Frankfurt
  • European University Viadrina
  • University of Freiburg
  • Giessen University
  • University of Göttingen
  • Universität Hamburg
  • German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
  • Heidelberg University
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • University of Cologne
  • Leipzig University
  • University of Mannheim
  • University of Marburg
  • University of Oldenburg
  • University of Potsdam
  • University of Tübingen
  • Ulm University

The initiative is named after the Jewish pathologist Philipp Schwartz who had to flee Nazi Germany in 1933 and later established the “Notgemeinschaft deutscher Wissenschaftler im Ausland” (Emergency Society of German Scientists and Scholars Abroad). Besides fellowships, the initiative also provides funding for establishing necessary structures at the host institutions, conducting conferences for sharing information, and for networking host institutions with one another In this connection, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation cooperates closely with international partners such as the Scholars at Risk Network, the Scholar Rescue Fund and the Council for At-Risk Academics.

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Prize winners.

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