Philipp Schwartz Initiative – Scholarships for researchers in risk


Already in the sixth call for proposals, universities and research institutions in Germany will have the opportunity to accept endangered or already fled researchers in their home countries for 24 months with a full scholarship from the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The TUD is therefore looking for hosts who can accept scientists. Either the potential hosts know these scientists personally, or they provide a working environment for an already registered endangered scientist. Prerequisites are, among other things, a completed doctorate and proof of endangerment.

Endangered international scientists looking for a scientific home can be found here:

The TU Dresden was successful with its applications in former rounds and can support scientists and their families with a scholarship. Also in this new round of calls, applications are to be submitted for researchers who are in danger and are looking for a safe country to continue their research. The DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden is responsible for the applications of the TUD and supports the hosts and scientists. It is also possible to initiate the placement of an endangered scientist.

All chairs are hereby invited to address candidates known to them or to express interest as hosts. The deadline for applications is 13 September. At best, please report suitable candidates by 9 August 2019, as they will have to pass through various testing authorities before such an application can be submitted. In 2016 the TUD joined the International Scholars at Risk Network (SAR), in the same year a German SAR Section was founded. In this way, universities can exchange information on the supervision of their funded researchers and make their contribution to the protection of academic freedom.

Who is eligible for a Philipp Schwartz fellowship?
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 or other circumstances and German citizens are not eligible for nomination
  • multiple nominations of one person by several institutions are not permitted


DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden, Claudia Reichert
Information on the funding programme: