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Dossier Philipp Schwartz-Initiative

Die Philipp Schwartz-Initiative ermöglicht seit 2016 deutschen Universitäten und Forschungseinrichtungen, ausländische Wissenschaftler*innen, denen in ihren Heimatländern Krieg oder Verfolgung drohen, für zwei Jahre bei sich aufzunehmen.

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Dossier Philipp Schwartz-Initiative

Why the effort is worthwhile

Professor Ulrike Freitag and Professor Arnulf Quadt host Philipp Schwartz Fellows. In this interview, they speak about the challenges of integration and bureaucratic hurdles.

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Why the effort is worthwhile

We had absolutely no prospects

Jeff Wilkesmann had to leave his home country Venezuela in 2017. His university was closed after a military intervention. Time and again, professors in the country disappeared. Thanks to a fellowship of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, he was able to continue his work at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

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We had absolutely no prospects

A unique opportunity for me

Anan Alsheikh Haidar fled Syria in 2013. Her work as a professor of criminal law at the University of Damascus had put her name on the blacklist of Bashar al-Assad's government. With a fellowship of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, she came to the University of Cologne.

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A unique opportunity for me

What is academic freedom?

Academic freedom must be protected! Robert Quinn, Executive Director of the Scholars at Risk Network, has written an essay on the importance of academic freedom to mark the fifth anniversary of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative in 2021.

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What is academic freedom?