Support Pogrammes for Scientists

Programme of the VW Foundation

The VW Foundation has set up a nationwide programme to enable universities to bring Ukrainian scientists to Germany so that they can continue their research activities. The funding covers a period of 6-12 months and addresses both doctoral and post-doctoral students as well as established academics from all disciplines. Detailed information on how to apply

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis! It is therefore advisable to submit applications promptly if you would like to propose Ukrainian researchers for funding. Please send the completed application documents to Kathrin Bott (kathrin.bott(at), Tel.: +49 355- 69 3415).

Philipp Schwartz Initiative

With the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers financial support for visiting fellowships for "Scholars at risk" at German institutions. The application for this must be submitted by the hosts, for example working group leaders. Do you already have contacts to Ukrainian researchers and can imagine hosting them in your research group for a period of 12 or 24 months? More information

Walter Benjamin Programme

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to work on research projects and to apply for the Walter Benjamin Programme (option Walter Benjamin position, not fellowship). More information and further assistance from the DFG

Further possibilities for assistance

  • You don't yet have any contacts to Ukrainian researchers, but are still open to hosting them with your research group? Many research groups are networking throughout Germany to provide support within the professional community.
  • We are currently working at full speed to find our own funding opportunities to enable guest stays by Ukrainian and other academics and students threatened by the war. We are also trying to create opportunities to bring in donations specifically for this purpose.
  • In addition, there is always the possibility of involving endangered scientists at all scientific career stages in existing DFG-funded research projects. More information