28 June 2017, No. 14/2017

One million dollars for researchers at risk – Mellon Foundation supports Humboldt Foundation initiative

Donation facilitates ten additional fellowships under Philipp Schwartz Initiative

The American Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is donating 1.05 million US dollars to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in support of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The funding is designated to finance ten additional fellowships for researchers in the humanities and related social sciences seeking refuge in Germany from war and persecution in their own countries.

“We are very grateful to the Mellon Foundation and are delighted about this extremely generous support – not just because it allows us to offer sanctuary from persecution and threat to another ten researchers. The donation shows how much attention and recognition our activities in Germany are also receiving abroad,” said Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. “The donation is also indicative of the extent to which American civil society is still engaged and continues to practise international responsibility and solidarity,” Aufderheide commented.

Based in New York, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports projects and institutions in the field of art as well as the humanities and related social sciences.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative is financed by the Federal Foreign Office with additional contributions from private sponsors. To date, 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 have together provided more than two million euro in funding.

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.

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 researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 54 Nobel Prize winners.

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