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Information for Researchers

Threatened Scientists and Refugee Researchers

Here you can find information about offers and platforms for fled scientists and researchers under threat

Please feel free to gather further information about content and programs on the according websites of the individual organizations.

‘‘Chance for science” is a social network for fled scientists, academics and students living in Germany. The network facilitates access to science and helps researchers with a refugee background to get into contact with German researchers and scholars. The portal allows people to create their own profiles with details of their previous activities and creates a framework for making contact with each other. 

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of more than 400 universities, research institutions and other scientific organizations that work together to help refugee or endangered scientists worldwide. Among other activities, SAR organizes research and teaching assignments for refugee scientists and offers on-site assistance. In addition, the SAR network offers a directory of various scholarship programs and other academic opportunities offered by institutions around the world. 

The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is a fund from the Institute of International Education (IIE) for professors and researchers who are granted scholarships to take refuge in a university or research institution abroad. If it is not possible to return to the home country, the SRF continues to supports refugee academics to also allow medium or long-term stays abroad. 

The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) supports threatened scientists in their search for opportunities to live safely and do their research, but also those who are in exile or are in their home country despite considerable risks. Furthermore, CARA supports endangered universities that wish to maintain their university operations despite numerous dangers and problems. More information can be found on the website of CARA.

With the  Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation facilitates the admission of endangered or refugee researchers to universities and research institutions by providing funding for a fellowship or an employment contract for up to two years as well as a lump sum for the host institution. Candidates cannot apply directly, but must be nominated by TU Dortmund University.

For more information on the current call (if available) please click here

Contact: Lina Dohmeyer.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) administers the scholarship programme “Hilde Domin Programme” with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The programme serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany.

Contact: Famke Lang

TU Dortmund University offers international researchers, doctoral candidates, postdocs and professors support for all phases of their research stay in Dortmund.

Welcome Services

Visit the Welcome Services website for more information or contact the team for a personal consultation.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Refugee Counseling and In­te­gra­ti­on Office.

You can reach us here: refugee.counselingtu-dortmundde

We are looking forward to assist you!