Information for refugee researchers and researchers at risk

The first point of contatct for researchers that are refugees or are seeking protection at the KU is the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center assists with visa issues, finding housing, finding a mentor, and much more.

Welcome Center - your contact person

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt

Funding opportunities for refugee researchers and researchers at risk

Researchers from Ukraine

Visiting Research Program of the Volkswagen Foundation (completed)

The Volkswagen Foundation's Visiting Research Program aims at Ukrainian researchers who have fled, forced to leave Ukraine by the invasion of Russian troops. They can receive funding from the Volkswagen Foundation to continue their scientific work temporarily at a university or research institute in Germany. More information is availabe on the website of the Volkswagen Foundation.

Researchers of all nationalities

Walter Benjamin Program of the German Research Foundation

The Walter Benjamin Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) enables scientists in the qualification phase following their doctorate to independently implement their own research project at the location of their choice. The project can be carried out at a research institution in Germany or abroad, with the host institution supporting the project. More information is available on the website of the DFG.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative is a program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) that enables researchers at risk to continue their work at German universities and research institutions in the context of a fellowship.

Other important information

Researchers from Ukraine

Researchers of all nationalities

  • Scholars at Risk: This is an international network of universities and research institutions that supports researchers at risk and advocates for their freedom.
  • Sciene4Refugees: This initiative helps refugee researchers find suitable job opportunities and funding within Europe. Ukrainian researchers can benefit from the Science4Refugees initiative without having an official refugee status.
  • Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA): This British NGO matches refugee and at-risk researchers with universities worldwide and offers them financial support.
  • Chance for Science is a social network for refugee scientists, academics and students launched by the University of Leipzig.