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.


Philipp Schwartz-Initiative

KIT receives Funding for Philipp Schwartz Fellowship for Displaced Foreign Researchers

Logo: ©Philipp Schwartz-Initiative

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:

11th Call (KIT internal Deadline: February 13th, 2022)

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

For more information please see here: External Link

Contact: avh∂

Five years of Philipp Schwartz Initiative - also at KIT. Publication "Ein neuer Anfang" from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung     

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.

External Initiatives

Postdoctoral Solidarity Fellowship at ULB or at UCLouvain

The Université libre de Bruxelles and the Université catholique de Louvain have created a Solidarity Fund in order to provide support for Afghan researchers who no longer have the freedom to pursue their research in Afghanistan. The Solidarity Fund provides postdoctoral fellowships enabling threatened Afghan academics to continue their work at ULB or at UCLouvain in a climate of academic freedom. The solidarity fellowship consists in a one-year renewable postdoctoral position, possibly renewable for one year, for a net monthly amount to ±2500 euros. The recipients will carry out research in a ULB or UCLouvain research centre, supervised by a member of one of the University’s academic staff.

A call for applications has been published with a deadline of 10 January 2022.

Please find attached further information (in French and English) or visit the ULB website at A link to view/ download a PDF-Document with more information on the funding can be found here. In case of questions, please contact solidarityfund∂


external links

Titel Institution Appointment

Academic Freedom And Intellectual Dissent


Online Converence

Scholars at Risk - Ireland and ALLEA

June 8 2021, 2pm to 7pm (GMT +1)


More Information and Registration

When Silence Is Not Golden: The Costs of China’s Sanctions of European Researchers



University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC), and SAR Ireland



May 31 2021, 4pm (CET)



Further events by PSI Network and others


SAR and SAR Europe issue urgent appeals regarding Afghanistan

"Together with 56 organizations and networks, SAR Europe issued an additional appeal to European Governments and the European Union to take similar actions, including:
- Continue evacuation flights for as long as possible so as to include scholars, students, and civil society actors.
- Increase resettlement quotas to help those in need of international protection, including researchers, scholars, and civil society actors.
- Create expedited complementary legal pathways for candidates who demonstrate an existing host institution, job, or sponsor in Europe.
- Waive any intent-to-return and home residency requirements that may apply to visa applications for Afghan scholars and researchers for the foreseeable future.
- Establish a dedicated EU fellowship scheme for researchers and scholars at risk.
- Establish dedicated national fellowships for researchers and scholars at risk."

Read more.

Academia demands unconditional release of Ahmadreza Djalali: German-Iranian university cooperation jeopardised.

Read more.

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
Initiatives, platforms and network support
SAR_FreetoThink2020 SAR-Free to Think
Free to Think 2020
Feuersteine ISco
Research without Borders

Event of the "Regional Network PSI+" which brings together threatened researchers with their colleagues from KIT and other universities in Baden-Württemberg and partner universities from France for personal exchange