Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk – Science Bridge for Ukraine
In 2018, at the urging of Universität Hamburg, the higher education institutions in Hamburg and the Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts (BWFGB) jointly adopted the Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk.
As part of its academic support for Ukraine, the Ministry of Science, Research, Equalities and Districts for Hamburg’s publicly funded universities is providing scholarships lasting 1–12 months for scholars at risk from Ukraine.
The goal is to provide temporary relief to researchers at risk while also enabling them to gain further qualifications and orientation in the German academic system.
- Target group: Ukrainian researchers at risk with a doctorate or comparable academic title (PhD, CSc) or Ukrainian cultural professionals at risk with a master's degree or comparable academic title
- Program objective: professional integration of researchers and cultural professionals at risk into a research group or a department of the University, supported by an academic mentor
- Funding: monthly grants worth EUR 2,000 for a duration of one to twelve months
- Application period: ongoing—up to four 12-month scholarships can be provided at Hamburg’s publicly funded universities
The applicant’s academic mentor at the host instituiton handles the application. They must send the completed application form along with necessary attachments to the contact person.
The application must be submitted in full. The following documents are required:
- application form (docx)
- brief outline of the project planned at the host institution (no more than 2 pages)
- statement from the academic host
- research and supervisory commitment from the academic host
- researcher at risk’s academic CV
- researcher at risk’s publication list
- proof of academic degree
- personal account of the risk situation (no more than 1 page)
A decision will be made based on the following selection criteria and considerations:
- project quality and feasibility
- academic suitability of the scholar at risk with the academic host
- integration into research and, where appropriate, also in teaching
Utilization of funds:
- Once the scholarship has been approved, the two parties enter into a binding funding agreement.
- Recipients of a 12-month scholarship are expected to submit a brief progress report after 6 months.
Funding period and amount:
- monthly scholarship of EUR 2,000 for 1–12 months