Information for Researchers in Danger and Risk
A central concern of Bielefeld University is to support people in developing their potential in study, research, teaching and to promote academic and scientific freedom.
With supporting researcher in danger and at risk, we are commited to standing up for education, science and diversity.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers the scholarship programme “Hilde Domin Programme” with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA).
The programme is designed to support doctoral candidates worldwide who are formally or de facto denied the right to education in their country of origin. They are encouraged to take up or continue their studies or doctorate at a German university. The long-term goal of the scholarship programme is to enable students and doctoral candidates to study or conduct research in a safe environment so that they can subsequently make an important contribution to political, economic and social development.*
Requirements for the nomination are:
* all disciplines can be nominated with the exception of Medicine, Arts, Communications, Film and Music and except for the following countries: EU/EEA/EFTA countries as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the United Kingdom.
Please note that an independent application for the programme is not possible. Nominations are made exclusively by the Rectorate and the International Office of Bielefeld University. Therefore, please contact us at an early stage: email@example.com
After the successful nomination by Bielefeld University, potential candidates are given the opportunity to apply directly to the DAAD via an online portal. The final selection of the candidates is made by an independent selection committee appointed by the DAAD. In the course of the selection process, both vulnerability and academic performance are assessed.
Further information on the Hilde Domin Programme can also be found on the DAAD website.
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.
Bielefeld University successfully applied as a host institution with a support concept, allowing new applicants to build on an existing central support concept.
According to the AvH, the call for applications for the 13th PSI funding round is expected to be issued in June 2023.
Criteria for an application:
If you have questions regarding the procedure and application you are welcome to contact the Welcome Center: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information can be found on the website of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
With the special program Iran, the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, universities and research institutions in Germany are given the opportunity to host at-risk researchers from Iran within the framework of a full scholarship or an employment contract for 24 months. In addition, there is the possibility of a one-year extension under a co-financing model.
This initiative is financed by the German 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 Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Stifterverband, and the Mercator Foundation.
Bielefeld University has successfully applied as a host department with a support concept so that new applications can be based on an existing central support concept.
Applications for the current round of calls for proposals can be submitted by Bielefeld University to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation until June 9, 2023. Applications can be submitted via the International Office of Bielefeld University. The internal application deadline is May 15, 2023.
Requirements for an application are:
Please send us the following documents of the applicant* by internal mail or email (! then with password !):
If you have any questions regarding the application, please do not hesitate to contact us. Contact: Monika Bokermann, email@example.com, Tel.: 0521/12177
Further information can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation website.