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Funding for scientists at risk

Professorships at Chemnitz University of Technology can again submit applications in the Philipp Schwarz Initiative until 25 August 2020

Scientists in many countries of the world cannot pursue their research freely. They must fear reprisals or even danger to life and limb. To offer these at-risk researchers a perspective in Germany, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is now announcing the eighth round of fellowships in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. It is expected that 25 scholarships will be awarded with a start date in January 2021. The support comprises a full scholarship including fringe benefits of 3,500 euros per month and is granted for 24 months. An extension for 12 months is possible.

"Chemnitz University of Technology would like to actively support endangered researchers and therefore expressly encourages its professorships to participate in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. This initiative is an attractive funding instrument, especially if contacts already exist with at-risk scientists, and at the same time it is an excellent opportunity to stand up for academic freedom," said the Vice-President for Academic and International Affairs, Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl, underlining the importance of the program.

Tandems of at-risk researchers from crisis regions and Chemnitz professorships can submit joint applications for funding in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. The application procedure is centrally coordinated by the International Office of Chemnitz University of Technology. In order to increase the chances of success, a consultation with the International Office is mandatory for applicants.

If there is no proof of risk for potential candidates, the curriculum vitae and a separate statement on the risk are required by 12 August 2020, so that the proof of risk can be obtained through the International Office. The complete application documents must be submitted for all applicants by 25 August 2020 to the International Office.

The International Office has compiled detailed information on the program, the funding conditions and the necessary documents on the special Philipp Schwartz Initiative's website.

Contact: Annett Müller, Deputy Head of International Office, Tel. 531-37922. e-mail

Background: Philipp Schwartz Initiative

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was set up by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the Federal Foreign Office and enables universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions in Germany to award fellowships for research stays to at-risk researchers. 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.

(Author: Annett Müller)

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