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The Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative provides universities and research institutions in Germany with the means to host threatened foreign researchers for a period of 24 months on a fully funded research fellowship or an employment contract. An extension is possible under a co-financing model.

The initiative is funded by the Federal Foreign Office, with generous additional support from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Stifterverband, and the Stiftung Mercator.

In 2019, the HHU successfully applied as a host institution with a support concept, allowing new applicants to build on an existing central support concept.

The application deadline for the next call of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative is March 5th, 2021:

  • Admission by a HHU professor
  • The researcher must hold a doctorate or a comparable academic degree and not reside or have not been resident outside their home country for more than three years; researchers who hold German university entrance qualifications (“Bildungsinländer”) or persons with dual citizenship are not eligible
  •  Proof of risk (by BAMF or an organization such as Scholars at Risk).

Applications will be submitted via JUNO in close cooperation with the professors of the HHU host institutes. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact the .

Further information can be found on the website of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Support program by the Scholars At Risk Germany Section: NRW Group

Together with other member institutions of the Scholars at Risk Germany Section in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the HHU offers a joint support programme for researchers at risk. It is primarily aimed at the Philipp Schwartz fellows of the participating institutions, but other interested scholars may also apply to participate. By offering seminars and workshops on various research and career related issues, the programme intends to facilitate the start of a new professional life here in Germany.

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