Information for Researchers at Risk
A central concern of Bielefeld University is to support people in developing their potential in study, research and teaching and to promote the freedom of science.
By supporting researchers at risk, we stand up for education, science and diversity.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the scholarship programme "Hilde Domin Programme" with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA).
The Hilde Domin Programme is intended to support doctoral students at risk worldwide who are formally or de facto denied the right to education in their country of origin to take up or continue their studies in Germany in order to obtain a degree or doctorate at a German university. The long-term goal of the scholarship programme is to enable the students and doctoral candidates to study or do research in a safe environment so that they can make an important contribution to political, economic and social development after completing their degree or research project.
Requirements for nominations are:
Please note: An independent application for the programme is not possible. Nominations are made exclusively through the rectorate and the International Office of Bielefeld University. Therefore, please contact us as early as possible: email@example.com.
After successful nomination by Bielefeld University, potential applicants will be given the opportunity to apply directly to the DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service] via an online portal. The final selection of candidates is made by an independent selection committee appointed by the DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service]. In the course of the selection process, both vulnerability and academic performance are assessed.
With the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, universities and research institutions in Germany are given the opportunity to host researchers at risk for 24 months within the framework of a full scholarship or an employment contract. In addition, there is the possibility of a one-year extension within the framework of a co-financing model.
This initiative is financed 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 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.
The application deadline is February 16th, 2024. The application is submitted by the International Office. (Contact: Monika Bokermann, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The selection results will be announced around the end of May 2024. The expected start of funding is July 2024.
Requirements for an application are:
If you have any questions about the application, please contact the Welcome Center: email@example.com.
Further information can be found on pages of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.