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Information for Researchers at Risk

On this page you will find information on various support services and contact points for researchers who have fled or are at risk.

Support services at TU Dortmund University

The Welcome Services are the contact point for organizational questions and concerns regarding a research stay at TU Dortmund University.

The Refugee Counseling and Integration Office is the central contact for people with a refugee background at TU Dortmund University.

The Office of Research Support Services advises on funding opportunities, project and research data management and offers a variety of educational events.

The Psychological Student Advisory Service is a service facility of TU Dortmund University for students and employees. It provides support in difficult life situations and offers individual meetings, group counseling sessions and workshops.

External support programs

With the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the Humboldt Foundation supports universities and research institutions in Germany in hosting researchers who are at risk or have fled. Candidates cannot apply directly, but must be nominated by TU Dortmund University.

Further information about the Philipp Schwartz Initiative

If you have any questions please contact Lina Dohmeyer.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the scholarship program "Hilde Domin Program" with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The program aims to support students at risk worldwide, as well as doctoral candidates 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.

If you have any questions please contact Famke Lang

More platforms and information

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) summarizes information on entry and residence in Germany.

The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) assists threatened researchers in finding ways to live and conduct research in safety, as well as those who are in exile or who remain in their home country despite the great risks.

The DAAD scholarship database bundles information on DAAD funding opportunities for foreign students, graduates, doctoral candidates, and university teachers, as well as offers from other selected funding organizations. Here you can search for suitable funding opportunities using various filters.

The network EURAXESS Germany offers information and support for Ukrainian researchers.

The Germany4Ukraine portal of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) bundles information and offers of assistance as well as questions and answers on entering the country from Ukraine.

The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is a fund from the Institute of International Education (IIE) for professors and researchers to receive refuge in a university or research institution abroad for a period of time through scholarships.

Chance for Science is a social network for researchers, academics and students in Germany who have fled. This network helps to improve access to science and promotes networking with German researchers.

The international Scholars At Risk network is dedicated to the protection of researchers at risk and academic freedom worldwide.

The initiative #ScienceForUkraine bundles European and worldwide offers of help for students and researchers.

Support services in Dortmund

Both the Integreat app and the Netzwerk Geflüchtete Dortmund (only in German) offer extensive information and networking opportunities.

You can turn to the various contact points of the Psychological Counseling Service (only in German) if you wish for advice.

The information portal on the war in Ukraine of the city of Dortmund summarizes the most important information on residence and social law, also in Ukrainian and Russian.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Welcome Services for International Researchers.
You can reach us here: welcome.servicestu-dortmundde.

We are looking forward to assist you!