7th Round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative Open


The 7th call for applications in the Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is now open. Universities and research institutions have the opportunity to apply for a fully funded research fellowship to host threatened foreign researchers for a period of 24 months. Applications for fellowships in the seventh round of the initiative may be submitted until February 29, 2020.


In many parts of the world, scientists and scholars are in danger: Their home countries are blighted by war, their freedom of research is curtailed or they are persecuted. The Philipp Schwartz Initiative helps researchers who have fled their countries to find their feet at German universities and research institutions.

Researchers from all countries outside the EU who are exposed to threats can now be nominated to receive a fellowship. For information on requirements how to provide evidence of the pertinent threat to the nominated scholar, please refer to the call for application. Please note that it is not possible for researchers to submit their own applications.

Successful applicant institutions will be in a position to grant a Philipp Schwartz Fellowship for a period of up to 24 months to the nominated researcher. In addition, the institution will reveive additional funding to support the Philipp Schwartz fellow in re-starting their career.

The deadline for nominations is February 29, 2020.

At RWTH, the Welcome Center for International Researchers coordinates the application process for and with interested university institutes and departments. If you are interested in hosting a threatened researcher at your institution, please get in touch with Cathrin Urbanke.

For further information, please visit the website of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.