In this section we share information from various institutions on calls for proposals, scholarships and support programmes for researchers, teachers, students, activists and human rights defenders at risk in different countries.

New Hilde Domin DAAD scholarship programme for at-risk students

Institution: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Closing date: 31 January 2022

Languages of the call: English/German


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has launched a new scholarship programme called “Hilde Domin Programme” with funding from the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The programme supports students and doctoral students from all over the world who are at risk or under threat, or who are denied both the right to education and other fundamental rights in their home country.
The aim of this scholarship programme is to offer these students and doctoral candidates the opportunity to start or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany in a safe environment, in order to contribute to meaningful political, economic and social development in their home countries.
Students and doctoral candidates accepted into the programme will receive a grant sufficient to cover the necessary costs of their study and/or research stay. The duration of funding is usually

  • up to 48 months for a Bachelor’s degree
  • up to 24 months for a Master’s degree
  • up to 48 months for a PhD

Students and doctoral candidates from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Those who wish to apply for the programme cannot apply individually, but are nominated by the management (presidiums/rectorates) of an institution that is a legal entity domiciled in Germany

Tenth call for applications for Philipp Schwartz Initiative grants in Germany

Institution: Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI)

Closing date: 11 September  2021

Languages of the call: English/German


The Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI) closes its tenth call for applications for grants on 10 September 2021. The Initiative offers funding to universities and research institutions in Germany so that they may host researchers at risk. PSI funding consists of two components: a) Funding for a research fellowship or work contract with a maximum duration of up to 24 months, b) Funding for the host institution (20,000 euros per funded person).

Research stay grants for researchers under threat

Institution: Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)

Closing date: Permanent call for applications

Call languages: English


The Institute of International Education‘s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) in the UK organises and funds scholarships for at-risk and displaced academics at partnering higher education institutions around the world. Since 2002, IIE-SRF has supported 901 academics from 60 countries in partnership with 428 host institutions in 50 countries. Scholarship applicants can apply directly or be nominated by a third party.
The fellowships allow scholars to pursue their academic work with confidence and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues and the scientific community. If conditions in the scholars’ home countries improve, they can return after their fellowships.