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Knowledge Hub

Knowledge Hub

In the AiS Knowledge Hub, you can find useful information for at-risk and displaced scholars, including Jobs for AcademicsFellowships and FundingProfessional TrainingLegal AidPsychological Support & Medical AssistenceLanguage ResourcesNetworkingSupport Against DiscriminationSupport and Empowerment for Women* and Useful Links

Jobs for academics

Academics.de is the largest platform for job search in German academia. In addition to jobs at universities and research institutes, there are also numerous offers from private companies. 

Academic Positions provides a search engine for jobs in academia and other career opportunities worldwide. 

Akademiker-Online is a platform for academics to enter the German private job market where you can find information on entry wages, application systems and more.

DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has a portal where you can find all their open calls.

eUni is a portal that searches other platforms for academic jobs. It is also available in English.

Euraxess is a portal for mobile researchers in Europe. It is also available in English.

Frauenhofer is an organization for applicable research all around the world. On their websites you can find job offers.

H-net is a USA based job guide for academic positions. Most jobs are in the USA, but various other international organizations use it.

Hsozkult is website around historical, sociological and cultural science. The website has a job portal with positions from these scientific areas.

Indeed and StepStone are two of the biggest job portals in Germany. Many institutions and companies post here and after creating an account you can adjust the platform to your needs.

JobFeed is a paid mailing service for humanities, social and cultural science positons in Germany.

Jobkralle is a search engine with a system of categorization that helps you finding jobs in your academic field.

Jobvector is a career portal for engineers, natural scientists, doctors and it-specialists. It has various options to help during the career search.

Nature is a natural science journal website that has a career portal focused on research and academic positions all around the world.

LinkedIn is a professional social network where you show your academic and professional success and experiences. It is also a digital CV and commonly used by recruiters and institutions.

New-Scientist-Jobs is a world-wide job portal for natural science.

Newspapers in Germany often highlight job offers analog and digital. Various jobs and positions are only listed through this. Here are some examples: FAZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, Spiegel or Zeit.

Science-jobs-de is a non-profit project from the university of Heidelberg that informs about open positions in the scientific community. You can either find jobs online or subscribe to the newsletter.

Stiftungssuche is a search portal for foundations. Here you can enter your key words and check if you find a foundation that fits your research field and could finance you.

Wila-Arbeitsmarkt is a German website that highlights jobs from public institutions and associations on a regional level.

Wissenschaftskarriere is a portal that covers jobs in German universities and other academic institutions.

Fellowships and Funding

Academy in Exile offers two-year fellowships to excellent scholars who are at risk in their home countries due to their engagement or research. 

Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) supports endangered scientists residing in Great Britain.

DAAD Students at Risk - Hilde Domin Program offers a fellowship for students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and give an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany. 

Einstein Foundation offers visiting fellowships to at-risk scholars at Berlin-based academic institutions.  

Fellowship Program for At-Risk Scholars sponsored by the State of Bremen supports endangered doctoral students and postdocs wishing to continue their work at the University of Bremen.

Gerda Henkel Stiftung offers grants to German foreign academics in the field of historical humanities. Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work.

German Research Foundation (DFG) provides funding for the integration of endangered researchers into ongoing projects. 

Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk enables endangered scholars to apply for scholarships of up to twelve months to bridge acute emergencies. 

Hessen Fonds offers fellowships to refugee scholars to work at public research institutions in the German state of Hesse.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions among other entail postdoctoral fellowships, doctoral networks, staff exchanges and calls for researchers at risk.

Mellon Fellowship Program of the Columbia Global Center in Amman offers 12-month fellowships to emerging displaced scholars working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  

Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Humboldt Foundation enables German universities and scientific institutions to provide endangered researchers with a scholarship for two years. 

Programme national d'aide à l'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil (PAUSE) offers funds to academic and research institutions in France wishing to welcome researchers who are in a situation of life-threatening emergency. 

Scholar Rescue Fund grants one-year scholarships for research stays of endangered scholars at universities and research institutions worldwide.

The Science in Exile initiative fellowship program aims to provide displaced and refugee scholars and scientists who have not yet found a safe and long-term host country to pursue doctoral and postdoctoral studies in Pakistan, at institutions members of the COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence.

Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative offers residential fellowships to involve teaching regular curriculum, seminars, and network courses, and contributing to institutional and independent research projects and non-residential fellowships (virtual affiliations) that involves working from a remote location while teaching and participating in either independent or network-based research. 

Volkswagen Foundation offers funding for integrating at-risk scholars into previously funded or ongoing projects.

Zukunftskolleg of the University Konstanz offers Bridge Fellowships of up to nine months to threatened scholars willing to continue their research at the University of Konstanz.  

Professional Training 

AuthorAID is a global network that provides mentoring, resources and training for researchers in low and middle income countries.

Inspireurope offers career development opportunities for at-risk researchers in Europe through online training and guidance. 


Legal Aid 

Adressen.asyl.net is an online database that allows searching for advice services on asylum and migration Germany-wide. 

Flüchtlingsräte provide general information on legal issues. The state refugee councils are independent representatives of the refugee self-organizations, support groups and solidarity initiatives active in the federal states.

Netzwerk Exil Türkei offers assistance and advice to Turkish refugees in North Rhine-Westphalia and provides a list of counseling centers for refugees throughout Germany.

Pro Asyl provides an overview of legal counselling centres in the respective federal states.


Psychological Support and Medical Assistence

The Federal Centre for Health Education has compiled a nationwide overview of medical contact points for refugees.

BafF Nationwide working group for psychosocial centres for refugees and victims of torture offers support in many different places.

CENTRA - Coordination Office for Psychosocial Support for Migrants in Hamburg.

Centre „Überleben“ provides psychological and social support for people with refugee experience.

Clearingstelle Berlin is a first point of contact for people without health insurance that arranges all kinds of medical help.

Dragonfly Mental Health is a globally operating non-profit organization by and for academics, which researches, advocates and offers guidance for mental health issues

Handbook of Germany offers a clear list of all information on medical care for refugees in Germany.

KuB is a non-profit association that provides holistic support for migrants, including legal counseling and psychological support.

Malteser is one of the largest medical service providers in Germany. Here is a list of all their facilities that people without medical insurance can visit.

open.med Berlin offers medical help and social counselling for migrants in difficult living situations and for people without health insurance. They have facilities in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

psychiatry Berlin - This is the webpage of the state commissioner for psychiatry Berlin. Here you can find the contact persons in the respective districts.

PSZ Sachsen offers an overview of psychosocial support centres for migrants in Saxony.

PSZ Network NRW The Psychosocial Centres for Refugees and Victims of Torture offer psychotherapy, counselling, social work for refugees in Northrhine Westphalia.

THINK Academia is an anti-bullying initative by “A Cactus Initiative”. It offers information regarding bullying in any sort in academia.

TransVer - Resource database for psychosocial support in Berlin.

w2eu.info provides refugees and migrants with information that might be useful on their journey to and through Europe. Here they provide an overview of Germany-wide medical assistance for people without health insurance.

Xenion, association for Psychosocial Help for the Politically Persecuted offers here crucial links concerning legal help, counselling, medical- and psychological support, help for LGBTIQ* and female refugees.

ZIPP Centre for Intercultural Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, Charite Berlin contact point for migrants with mental health problems offers psychiatric, psychotherapeutic and social work diagnostics, counseling, crisis intervention and treatment in native language or, if necessary, with language and cultural mediators.


Language Resources

FU-BEST initiated by Freie Universität Berlin aims to offer German language courses from A1 to C1 to international scholars and students. These three month courses are not free of charge.

Goethe Institut provides high-quality online German language courses at every level of prior knowledge. The courses are not free of charge.  

Kiron is a non-governmental organization in Germany that provides free education opportunities for refuges, including online language and skill courses. 

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) offers German language courses for professional contexts.



Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) aims at strengthening the international cooperation between excellent Arab and German early career researchers. 

At-Risk Scholar Initiative of the Global Young Academy offers networking possibilities and a mentoring program for early career at-risk scholars. 

BRiDGE for Researchers in Danger Going to Europe addresses endangered scholars at all career levels and offers training, networking and mentoring opportunities. 

Chance for Science aims to create links between fled academics and their peers in Germany. 

Off-University is an association of exiled academics in Germany, which offers at-risk scholars, who are unable to leave their home countries, a possibility to participate in online education. 

ORCID is a global non-profit organization that offers a digital network for academics and researchers. It creates a unique ID for every member and connects research and researchers.

Science4Refugees is an initiative of the European Commission, which seeks to connect endangered scholars with their European peers. 

ScienceForUkraine is an international community of volunteer scholars and students collecting and disseminating information about support opportunities at universities, national, and international level for Ukrainian researchers and students.

Science at Risk Emergency Office provides counselling and emergency aid for academics affected by the war in Ukraine and political repressions in Belarus and Russia.

The University of New Europe Mentoring Programme offers a mentoring programme for scholars, students, and cultural workers at risk from Central & Eastern Europe.

R Voice is an academic global community forum to share knowledge and support each other. The network includes mentoring programs, discussion boards and various other offers.


Support Against Discrimination

ADNB is the anti-discrimination network Berlin of Türkischer Bund in Berlin-Brandenburg. They provide legal counseling, mediation and support.

advd is the networking centre of the Anti-Discrimination Association Germany and offers mediation for people who have experienced discrimination.

Each One Teach One (EOTO).e.V. works together with other organizations to promote the interests of black, African and Afro-diasporic people in Germany and Europe.

Flüchtlingshelfer is an initiative that provides a wide range of practical information to support refugees also about racism.

ReachOut is a counselling centre for victims of rightwing extremist, racist or anti-Semitic violence in Berlin.

The Federal Discrimination Office is the federal government's point of contact for people who have experienced discrimination.


Support and Empowerment for Women*

BIG Hotline gives confidential and free advice support and advice to all women and children who experience or have experienced domestic violence.

DaMigra e.V. is a party political, ideological and denominationally independent umbrella association of migrant women organizations and has been operating as a nationwide, independent and women-specific umbrella association of migrant women’s organization since 2014.

IWS International Women Space is a feminist, anti-racist political group in Berlin with migrant and refugee women and non-migrant women as members. They fight patriarchy and document everyday violence, racism, sexism and all kinds of discrimination.

The Schokofabrik Women's Centre is an open place for women* and girls*.

Tent Mentoring Program for Refugee Women supports displaced women with one-on-one guidance and support from professionals at large companies participating in the program.

Women in Exile is an initiative of refugee women who came together in Brandenburg in 2002 to fight for their rights. Since 2011 they are recognized as a non-profit organization. Together they carry refugee policy demands from a feminist perspective to the public.


Useful Links

Anabin is a database that allows finding out how foreign issued study certificates are evaluated in Germany. 

Inspireurope Report: Researchers at Risk - Mapping Europe's Response identifies ongoing programs and initiatives in Europe for researchers at risk, as well as gaps and opportunities for future support.  

Library Access Initiative of the New University in Exile Consortium provides “stranded” and endangered scholars with remote access to electronic materials available via Consortium Member-Institution libraries.

Make it in Germany is a government-run website that provides information for foreign professionals on how to find a job and start a life in Germany.

Mapping Funds provides an overview of funding and support networks for at-risk scholars from Turkey.

Refugees Welcome Map aims to provide an overview of initiatives and projects that support vulnerable scholars in Europe and beyond. 

Research in Germany is a government-run website that informs about the german research landscape and well organized information on carrer options, funding programmes and job portals for researchers at any career level.

SourceBook of the New University in Exile Consortium is a searchable database of resources for endangered scholars. 

The Journal of Interrupted Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles by displaced academics.

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