Scholars at Risk
Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk (HPSAR)
- The program is not open for applications at the moment -
In 2018, at the urging of Universität Hamburg, the higher education institutions in Hamburg and the Ministry of Science, Research and Equalities (BWFG) jointly adopted the Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk.
At risk scholars who have found an academic supervisor at Universität Hamburg will be eligible for a monthly grant for a period of 1–12 months.
This initiative aims to help at risk scholars overcome periods of acute need while obtaining further qualifications and finding their bearings in the German research and higher education system. Eligible at risk scholars are required—with the help of their academic mentor—to complete an application for external funding which will give insight into the German research and higher education system, and allow the further pursuit of research even after the funding period ends.
| Target group: Scholars at risk who hold a doctorate or a comparable academic title (PhD, CSc etc.)
| Program objective: Professional integration of scholars at risk into a research group or a department of the University, supported by an academic mentor
| Funding: Monthly grants worth €2000 for a duration of 1–12 months
| Application period: ongoing—Universität Hamburg can provide up to 4 x 12-month stipends
The applicant’s academic mentor at Universität Hamburg completes the application. They must send the completed application form and all required documents to the contact person indicated, ensuring the following information is included: mentor/department/contact/confirmation of research appointment/confirmation of support/desired funding model.
The application must be submitted in full. The following documents are required:
- Application form
- Brief research proposal (no more than 2 pages)
- Statement from the applicant’s academic mentor (points to consider)
- Applicant's academic CV and list of publications
- Proof of academic title (the applicant should have a doctorate or a comparable academic title: PhD, CSc etc.)
- Proof of risk status from the Scholars at Risk Network (no older than 24 months) or the corresponding asylum status (applicants should not have been away from their home country for more than 3 years; foreign nationals with German higher education entrance qualifications are not eligible.) The proof of risk status can be obtained from Department 5: International Affairs
- Information on currently ongoing applications by/involving the scholar at risk (scholarships, research funding, etc.)
A decision will be made on the basis of the following selection criteria and considerations:
- Project quality and feasibility
- Academic suitability and expertise of the scholar at risk
- Prospect of further funding and submission of an application for external funding
Utilization of funds
- Once the grant is approved, both parties enter into a binding funding contract
- recipients of 12-month grants are expected to submit a brief research report after 6 months.
Funding period and Funding amount
- Monthly grants worth €2000 for a duration of 1–12 months
- When applying for scholarships from 1 to 12 months, contact Kristin Günther, Rawand Othman and Jin Jlussi (international-scholars.uhh"AT"uni-hamburg.de)from Department 5: International Affairs.
Application for external funding
- After your scholarship has been approved, Dr. Elisabeth Bunselmeyer(elisabeth.bunselmeyer"AT"uni-hamburg.de) from Department 4: Research Management and Funding can assist you in making an external funding application.