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Philipp Schwartz-Initiative

Philipp Schwartz-Initiative by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

In many countries of the world, scientists cannot conduct research freely due to repression or dangers to life and limb. In order to open up perspectives for these at-risk researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) has launched the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The program is financed by the German 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 Donors' Association of German Foundations and the Mercato Foundation.

Two rounds of funding are carried out each year, in which about 25 to 30 scholarships are awarded. The scholarships cover a funding period of 24 months, with the option of a 12-month extension.

The Chemnitz University of Technology expressly supports its professorships in attracting scholarships for at-risk researchers. The Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI) is coordinated centrally by the International Office of Chemnitz University of Technology. In order to increase the chances of approval of applications, professorships planning to submit an application should contact the International Office early enough to arrange a compulsory consultation appointment.

On the following pages, you will find information on funding and important information on how to apply.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you!



Portrait: Katharina Wohlgemuth
Katharina Wohlgemuth
(BIDS, STIBET III, Georgius-Agricola-Scholarships)
  • Phone:
    +49 371 531-39856
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  • Address:
    Bahnhofstraße 8, 09111 Chemnitz
  • Room:
    1/G103 (neu: A16.103)
  • Consult. hours:
    on prior appointment
  • Responsible for:
    • Support Initiative German Foreign and Partner Schools (BIDS)
    • STIBET III Matching Funds
    • Georgius-Agricola-Scholarships