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Scholars at Risk

Around the world, researchers and would-be academics are persecuted and threatened because of their research and ideas and are subject to restrictions in their work. The international network Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a response to these attacks. The association is committed to defending academic freedom and the human rights of researchers and academics the world over.

One of the core tasks of SAR is to support researchers and academics who are under threat and persecuted in their home country by offering them a position as a visiting scholar at one of the network’s member institutions, thus enabling them to pursue their research unhindered for a certain period of time.

The SAR network consists currently of more than 500 members worldwide.


Elke Löschhorn, Division IV: International Affairs, Tel.: +49 30 838-73404,