Urgent: Provide help for Ukrainian colleagues

There's a new initiative for researchers at risk: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/apply/sponsorship-programmes/philipp-schwartz-initiative#h14796

More information below:

Dear representatives of universities and research institutions in Germany,

dear members of the scientific community,

In view of the crisis in the Ukraine, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is offering the opportunity for universities and research institutions in Germany to submit complete applications for Ukrainian scholars under immediate threat in the current selection round of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. Against this background, the following exceptions are made:

1. Special deadline for nominations

Nominations of Ukrainian scholars at acute risk may be submitted until 18 March 2022. Please note that the deadline for nominations of other scholars will not change; they must still be submitted by 4 March 2022.

2. Special provision on proof of threat

In view of the acute exceptional situation and in consultation with the Federal Foreign Office, the requirement for proof of the threat from a third party is waived. Instead, the individual risk situation must be presented by the nominee in German or English in the form of a personal statement of up to one page. Existing proofs from third parties can be added as a supplement.

3. Supplementation of already submitted applications

Nominations for Ukrainian researchers can also be added to already submitted applications. Please submit the following documents for this purpose:

- Cover sheet (Annex 3a)

- Individual nomination (Annex 3c) with attachments

- Financing plan (Annex 3e)

We kindly ask for your understanding that these special regulations only apply to nominations of Ukrainian scholars, while in the case of nominations of other persons the usual regulations for Philipp Schwartz nominations including the application deadline of 4 March 2022 remain unchanged. Our programme information and programme guidelines still apply equally to at-risk scholars from all countries of origin. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, for example regarding eligibility criteria such as doctorate or equivalent research achievements.

If you have any questions, please contact us via 

On the general positioning of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation see press release.


The Philipp Schwartz Initiative team

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation