Scholars at Risk

Since 2016, the University of Göttingen is a member of the international network Scholars at Risk (SAR). Around the world, scholars are persecuted because of their research and ideas, threatened and restricted in their work. SAR is a global association of more than 400 universities, research institutions and other scientific organizations in 39 countries that work together to protect threatened scholars and strengthen values such as academic freedom.

The New York based network assists hundreds of scholars each year through temporary positions at network member institutions, direct in-country assistance to threatened scholars and their families as well as advice and referrals for scholars and their host campuses. Thus, enabling them to pursue their research unhindered for a certain period of time.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Starting today, universities and research institutions in Germany can apply for funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to support threatened researchers in the 6th call for nominations in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. Successful institutions will receive funding to grant fellowships of 3500 Euro to successfully nominated threatened scientists and scholars for research stays in Germany of initially up to 24 months. An extension of up to 12 months can be granted in the framework of a co-financing model.

Threatened researchers from any academic field and any country of origin who

• have completed their doctorate or a comparable academic degree (PhD, CSc or equivalent)
• do not reside or have not been resident outside their own country for more than three years; researchers who hold German university entrance qualifications (“Bildungsinländer”) are not eligible
• possess the language skills required to successfully conduct their research projects
• possess academic qualifications (e.g. publications)
• possess potential to be integrated into the (research-related) job market
• who have not yet been funded in the context of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative
• persons that have access to residence in safe countries due to multiple citizenship and German citizens are not eligible for nomination
• multiple nominations of one person by several institutions are not permitted

Please find updated programme documents and further information on the website of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.

The internal deadline within the University is 23 August 2019, the deadline for applications at AvH is 13 September 2019. Kindly note that researchers cannot apply directly, but must be nominated by a suitable institution.

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Stifterverband, and Stiftung Mercator.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nadine Dreyer, Head of the Welcome Centre and contact person for Scholars at Risk:, 39-21331.