Philipp Schwartz Initiative – New call (Deadline 29 February 2020)


Already in the seventh call for proposals, universities and research institutions in Germany have the opportunity to accept researchers at risk for a 24 months full scholarship provided by Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The TUD is therefore looking for hosts who can accept researchers. Either the potential hosts know these researcher personally, or they provide a working environment for an already registered researcher at risk. Prerequisites are, among other things, a completed doctorate and proof of risk. 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.

Researchers at risk looking for a safe scientific environment can be found here:

The TU Dresden was successful with its applications in former rounds and was able to support researchers and their families with a scholarship. The DRESDEN-concept Welcome Center at TU Dresden is responsible for the relocation process. Please find contact details below in order to discuss a potential placement.

All chairs are hereby invited to address candidates known to them or to express interest as hosts. The deadline for applications is 29 February 2020. At best, please report suitable candidates by 7 February 2020, as they will have to pass through various testing authorities before such an application can be submitted.

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


Coordination for TU Dresden: Natalie Brindle
Information on the funding programme: