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  • Academy in Exile offers scholars who are threatened in their home countries because of their academic or civic engagement for human rights, peace and democracy the opportunity to resume their research abroad. Academy in Exile fellowships afford scholars the opportunity to continue their careers in Germany and to work on a research project of their own choosing in a multidisciplinary environment. Fellows contribute to and shape the research agenda and intellectual profile of the Academy generally
  • Aid A helps artists who are persecuted for their personal commitment to freedom of expression, human rights and democracy in their home countries
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:
    • MSCA4Ukraine
    • To help sponsorship recipients from Ukraine, the Humboldt Foundation is offering special arrangements for alumni stays and fellowship extensions
    • In addition to the flexible special arrangements of research stays in Germany, the Foundation will also use the possibilities of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative for further special measures for at-risk researchers from Ukraine (for applicants from Ukraine the deadline has been extended till 18 March 2022)
    • Beyond the ongoing measures, the Humboldt Foundation has developed proposals for new instruments and forms of support such as short-term fellowships, additional bridge fellowships and a platform designed to bring researchers who have fled their countries together more quickly with academic hosts who offer a match for their academic disciplines
    • Please also see the Advisory Service for applicants
  • The Association of German Art Historians publishes information on current programmes to support scholars at risk on its webpage
  • Baden-Württemberg Fund for Persecuted Scientists has been providing financial support to particularly qualified but endangered scientists or scientists who have already fled for many years. With the funds from the Baden-Württemberg Foundation, the scientists can be placed at universities in Baden-Württemberg or non-university research institutions so that they can pursue their research and teaching in a safe environment. The research stays for guest scientists are awarded for a one-year period with the possibility of an extension of one year. Vector Stiftung: Funding for Ukrainian scholars at universities and research facilities in Baden-Württemberg
  • Under the Taras-Shevchenko-Program BAYHOST (Free State of Bavaria) organizes a coordination office for Ukraine, which bundles support and assistance offers for Ukrainian students and scientists and is available to them as a contact point:
    • Taras-Shevchenko-Scholarships for German courses:  Students and high school graduates from Ukraine with German knowledge of at least level A2 are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, as long as there are capacities for scholarships
  • Change for Science: List of advertisements for researchers at risk
  • The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony e.V. is a non-university research institute that has existed for 40 years and is mainly financed by the state of Lower Saxony. The VW-Foundation in Lower Saxony today launched a funding program to provide financial support to scientists who have fled Ukraine. There would be funds to finance a fellowship for a criminologist. Please, contact Prof. Dr. Tillmann Bartsch:
  • “Ehrenamt hilf gemeinsam”/”Volonteers Help Together” supports hosts and refugees from Ukraine. You can submit your application for funding until September 1, 2022
  • Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung. For public museums and collections employing refugee scholars from Ukraine, or for Russian scholars who had to leave Russia due to their opposition to the Ukraine war
  • DAAD: Національний академічний контактний центр для України/ National Academic Contact Point UkraineDAAD is developing various programmes to promote integration of refugees at German universities
  • The DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme offers qualified refugee students the possibility to earn an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum.
  • The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join DFG-funded research projects. DFG is now offering separate support for Ukrainian researchers (project leaders) who are in Ukraine and are still able to pursue research: in the case of Research Grants, Research Units and Priority Programmes and under the existing DFG procedure “Cooperation with Developing Countries”, applicants in Germany can now apply for funds to cover the living expenses of Ukrainian project leaders in a maximum amount of €1,000 per month per project leader for project implementation in Ukraine, and can pass these funds on to the individuals concerned in the event of approval. Also see
  • Deutsch-Ukrainische Historikerkommission (DUHK) coordinates aid fund for Ukrainian historians of the Department of History at the University of Munich (up to 6 months)
  • Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt: Fellowships for Early Career researcher from Ukraine
  • The Einstein Foundation Berlin is committed to fostering academic freedom and international collaboration. Two special programmes (EINSTEIN JUNIOR SCHOLARS and EINSTEIN GUEST RESEARCHERS) are offered on a temporary basis in order to reach this objective and to enable international researchers and scientists who are experiencing constraints in their work to come to Berlin for two years to pursue their research without undue restrictions or threats. First and foremost the programmes are intended to support scientists and researchers from regions of conflict. Furthermore, they are directed at researchers and scientists from regions that experience subtle or direct restrictions of research, and who look for opportunities to return, migrate or cooperate with countries offering a work environment free of constraints
  • Gerda Henkel Foundation provides funds for scholarships abroad and for humanitarian aid including individual grants for endangered and refugee researchers. Academic contact point for funding/grants: Dr. Birte Ruhardt:
  • The German Federal Environmental Foundation: CEE Special Fellowships (1250€/month) for university graduates or current PhD students includes a six to twelve-month research and training stay in German research institutions, environmental authorities, NGOs or companies to gain experience in various fields of environmental protection and nature conservation.
  • Goethe Institut: Ви хочете практикувати німецьку мову? Тут Ви знайдете фільми та фотографії з вправами, ігри та завдання для життя у Німеччині; Practice German free of charge
  • German Scholar Organisation (GSO) Klaus Tschira Boost Fund 2023 – Flexible Funding and Career Development for Researchers in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The application deadline is 31 March 2023
  • Green talents finances Research Stay up to three months at a German facility of choice. Every year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas within the field of sustainability. For registration for the competition alert to be informed as soon as the next submission period starts, please, fill this form
    the  Green Talent Competition 2023, please, follow this link.
  • Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung: scholarships for refugee students
  • Centres of the Helmholtz Association: Stays up to 6 month (see the Support services for refugees). Helmholtz Association is gathering information in the context of the events in Ukraine and offers of help for refugees
  • HessenFonds for Refugees and Researchers at Risk: the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts provides scholarships for exceptionally talented and high achieving university students and researchers with refugee status at state universities in Hessen. The funding shall enable them to continue their studies or their scientific career at a state university in Hessen.
  • Junge Akademie developed a mentoring program for Ukrainian refugees. The aim is to provide information about the various offers of help that are currently available in the German scientific landscape, to present the local scientific system in principle and to provide discipline-specific advice on settling in and looking for suitable funding opportunities.
  • Leibniz ScienceCampus „Eastern Europe – Global Area (EEGA) awards travel grants for participants of international panels (up to 750 € p. p.) for paperpresentations with relation to EEGA’s main themes and research agenda.
  • Max Planck Society “is prepared to provide central funds at short notice, and with the least possible amount of bureaucracy, to enable Ukrainian scientists associated with Max Planck Institutes to continue their work with the support of local scholarship programmes.” (Statement). Max Planck President outlines aid package to Ukraine in the Senate (25.03.2022): The MPG has set up a special fund of initially one million euros to finance follow-up contracts for temporarily employed Ukrainian staff at the Max Planck Institutes, as well as scholarships to accommodate further refugee guest and early career researchers from Ukraine. The MPIs can apply for these funds as needed. A number of Institutes have already expanded their guest programme with their own funds and are offering additional fellowships for the coming months.
  • MitOst e.V. is a non-profit association set up by Robert Bosch Foundation scholarship holders. The association is dedicated to promoting language and cultural exchange in Central, East and Southeast Europe. In Ukraine, it is helping organize civil protection, facilitating evacuations, and brokering temporary accommodation. The association cooperates with partners in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Moldavia, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary that are actively working to ensure the acceptance of refugees from Ukraine
  • NUMO. Scholarship Programme Libraries and Archives for Refugees from Ukraine
  • Reporters Without Borders Germany help journalists to protect themselves against harassment and persecution and enable them to continue or resume their journalistic work in their home country. Reporters Without Borders supports journalists through scholarships that give them the opportunity to train and expand their skills, make a fresh start in their career, or simply take some time out from stressful working conditions
  • Scholars at Risk Network – Germany Section is composed of German universities, research institutions and science organisations that campaign to support and offer sanctuary to researchers under threat as well as to protect academic freedom
  • Science of Intelligence (SCIoI) aims to support Ukrainian scientists continuing their scientific work in Germany and start new collaborations. An active participation of the fellows in SCIoI research groups and networks is intended. During the funding period, SCIoI supports the fellows in the preparation of project proposals for the acquisition of third-party funding.
  • The Vector Foundation supports refugee scientists quickly and unbureaucratically with a low-threshold offer. For this purpose, the Vector Foundation provides universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg with funding to temporarily employ Ukrainian researchers who have fled the country in existing working groups and projects. Baden-Württemberg universities, colleges and research institutions can apply for the call for applications together with the guest scientist to be admitted. The funding is paid out as a fixed amount of €25,000 per person funded
  • The Universities of Applied Sciences’s joint website provides information about the services currently offered by individual universities of applied sciences.
  • Volkswagen Foundation opened Visiting research program for refugee Ukrainian scientists to continue their work at a university or research institute in Germany. Applications can be submitted till 5 April for a funding period of 6 to 12 months. Scientists at German universities and research institutes who would like to provide Ukrainian partners with a workplace in their working group or at their institute are invited to apply (no deadline). Due to the high demand the program’s budget was increased by further 7,5 Mio. Euro