Funding opportunities for researchers from Ukraine


Since 2016, the Philipp Schwartz Initiative has enabled German universities and research institutions to host foreign scientists who are threatened by war or persecution in their home countries for two years.

Applications for the 12th call can be submitted until October 21, 2022.

Learn more about the Philipp Schwartz Initiative

For questions about the programme and applications from Ulm University, please contact Daniel Kanzleiter (International Office).

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding under the Walter Benjamin Programme.

The following requirements must be met in principle:

  • The person has not been outside their home country for more than three years at the time of application and
  • they have residential status in connection with an asylum procedure within the EU and are recognised as being at risk, or
  • in lieu of proof of residency status, they are able to present credible third-party evidence of being at risk no more than 12 months prior to application, e.g. documentation provided by the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) or Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).

This way, the DFG also underlines its solidarity with researchers from Ukraine and Russia who had to flee their home country due to the current war situation triggered by the Russian attack. By integrating them swiftly in the German research system, the aim is to enable them to maintain continuity in their academic work.

In acute crisis situations, proposals can be submitted without proof of the respective status after consultation with the DFG.

Individuals are only eligible for sponsorship if they have not previously been sponsored through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Philipp Schwartz Initiative and the Federal Foreign Office or under any comparable programme for integration in the academic system.

Programme website

For questions regarding the program and applications from Ulm University, please contact Daniel Kanzleiter (Abt. II-3 International Office).

The Volkswagen Foundation would like to support Ukrainian researchers with a targeted funding offer to continue their scientific work temporarily in Germany.

The funding offer is aimed at Ukrainian scientists who have already fled to Germany after the Russian invasion of their country or who will arrive in Germany in the coming weeks.

It offers doctoral students, postdocs and established scientists from all disciplines the opportunity to continue their work in a research group at a university or research institute in Germany for a period of 6-12 months. Applications must be submitted jointly by the university management and the host scientists in Germany.

Programme website

For questions regarding the program and applications from Ulm University, please contact Daniel Kanzleiter (Abt. II-3 International Office).

The Baden-Württemberg Fund for Persecuted Scholars provides scholarships for at-risk scholars to continue their research at universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and can be submitted directly to the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF).

Further support services and platforms

Job Offers at Ulm University

#ScienceForUkraine collects and publishes support opportunities from scientific institutions worldwide for students and researchers affected by the war in Ukraine.

Learn more

EURAXESS, the European information portal for researchers, has launched a dedicated section for researchers from Ukraine as part of the ERA4Ukraine initiative. The new website provides an overview of European and national support services for refugee researchers.

The focus is on practical assistance, recognition of degrees and employment and funding opportunities for researchers coming from Ukraine. Around 20 EU and associated countries/association candidates have already compiled country-specific information, including Germany. The information on the ERA4Ukraine portal will also be made available in Ukrainian in the near future.

Click here for the ERA4Ukraine website

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89081 Ulm