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Knowledge Hub

In the AiS Knowledge Hub, you can find useful information for at-risk and displaced scholars, including Jobs in academia, Fellowships and Funding, Professional Training, Language Resources, Legal Aid, Networking and Useful Links

Jobs in academia

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 


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. 


Legal Aid 

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

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.

ProAsyl is a NGO helping people who seek protection in asylum procedures in Germany. 



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. 

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


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. 

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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