Below we answer FAQs about our funding programs and funding applications. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.
In which disciplines may researchers apply?
If Universität Hamburg offers your discipline, you can contact us about a research stay.
What language skills do I need?
You must be able to successfully conduct research on the basis of your English or German skills.
Can I apply regardless of country of origin?
Yes, you can apply regardless of nationality. The crucial factor is your at-risk status. You can attest to this if you have asylum in an EU country. Alternatively, you can contact the Department of International Affairs(international-scholars.uhh"AT"uni-hamburg.de) to acquire proof of your at-risk status from the Scholars at Risk network or the Council for At-Risk Academics. When you apply, proof of your status as an at-risk academic must not be older than 12 months.
Can I apply from Germany and abroad?
Yes, you can apply for funding regardless of the country you are in. However, you may not have left your home country more than 5 years prior to submitting the application.
For the Hilde Domin Program for students and doctoral researchers, you must have acquired your last degree no longer than 2 years prior to submitting your application.
Researchers who acquired their higher education entrance eligibility at a German school are not eligible.
How can I find an academic supervisor?
Search for academics in your research area and contact them directly. Once you have written to an academic host, wait for a reply before contacting the next person.
We are happy to help you with your search for a supervisor. Send us a list of potential supervisors, your curriculum vitae, your list of publications, and, if possible, your planned research project. We will contact suitable researchers.
What funding programs are available to researchers at risk?
- Philipp Schwartz Initiative: fellowship funding for up to 24 months, either in the form of a scholarship in the amount of EUR 2,670 per month (if necessary, further subsidies for accompanying family members) or a work contract for which remuneration is based on the collective wage agreement for the public sectors of the German states
- The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund: Scholarship for 9 to 12 months
- Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk (HPSAR): monthly scholarship worth EUR 2,000 for a duration of one to twelve months [currently suspended; 2/2021]
- Further funding options: funding options for researchers at risk—Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
How long does it take to process an application?
The time it takes to process an application depends on the funding program. As soon as you have found a supervisor at Universität Hamburg, you can submit your funding application. The funding decision then takes
- a month if you submit the application to the Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk (HPSAR).
- It will take at least 4 months if you apply for a Philipp Schwartz Fellowship.
For funding from the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, you will first need to apply for the scholarship. Once you have been accepted, you have one year to find a hosting institution. As soon as you have received confirmation from a hosting institution, contact the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund again.