Threatened Researchers

KIT is a member of the Scholars at Risk Global Network (SAR) and the SAR Germany Section. Since 2016 KIT is hosting fellows in the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Scholars at Risk Network (SAR)

“Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. “

Since long and even more in our days around the world, scholars are threatened because of their research, their ideas, and their place in society. SAR takes action whenever scholars are being restricted in their academic freedom while doing research, teaching, and learning.

Philipp Schwartz-Initiative

KIT receives Funding for Philipp Schwartz Fellowship for Displaced Foreign Researchers

KIT’s concept to support threatened scholars, primarily developed by the International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO), has as its key objective the profound integration of displaced researchers into the scientific community and their new surroundings and will be implemented through a comprehensive assistance adapted to the special needs of threatened scientists by the hosting institute, IScO, and other departments and service providers at KIT. Apart from raising awareness of the special situation of fled researchers, the main focus lies on the scientific potentials of refugees.

In the context of the successful concept, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology since 2016 has been able to confer Philipp Schwartz Fellowships of KIT to threatened scientists that enables them to resume research at KIT for the duration of two years and to develop new perspectives in science with the support of their hosting institutes

Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:

8th Call: External Link

Applications - by universities and research institutions which are entitled to nominate candidates only.  No direct applications possible.

For the internal selection procedure at KIT please see here. Internal Deadline: August 12, 2020

Support for at-risk academics at postdoctoral level

The International Scholars and Welcomce Office offers guidance and support for at-risk academics at postdoctoral level as well as institutes and academic mentors with regard to application in funding programs as well as in hosting of at-risk academics.

We support in administrative issues ranging from residence permit, finding accomodation, insurances to child care. Further, we offer guidance in re-settling in a new academic and living environment and, in co-operation with the at-risk scholar, her or his academic mentor or host and partners in KIT and outside to develop new career perspectives inside and outside academia.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed various actions and offerings to support the integration of refugees.

For information on initiatives, platforms and network support of refugees and threatened researchers please see here.


World Science Café ZAK
World Science Café

In the event series fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research

Workshop Felix Grünschloss
Feuersteine ISco
Research without Border

Veranstaltung des "Regionalen Netzwerkes PSI+", die geflüchtete und gefährdete Forschende mit ihren Kolleg*innen des KIT und weiterer baden-württembergischer Universitäten sowie von Partnerhochschulen  aus Frankreich in den persönlichen Austausch bringt.