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Funding at the University of Potsdam for Young At-Risk Researchers to Continue a Doctoral Project

The University of Potsdam has been a member of the Scholars at Risk Network since 2017. The network is committed to supporting researchers who are at risk in their home country and restricted in their work. In recent years, the University of Potsdam has successfully participated in the “Philipp Schwartz Initiative” of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and been able to support at-risk researchers (postdoc level). The University of Potsdam is committed to supporting threatened researchers and contributes to giving this group of people future prospects. With this doctoral fellowship, the University of Potsdam is setting another example for the defense of personal and academic freedom at a qualification level that has so far been underrepresented by funding instruments.

On the basis of its scholarship guidelines from October 21, 2015, the University of Potsdam awards a dissertation completion fellowship to at-risk young researchers. The grant is awarded according to the availability of funds. Funding is provided as a completion grant for 12 to max. 30 months.

The final fellowship can be extended by 6 months upon application. The extension request must be submitted three months before the end of the scholarship.

12 to max. 30 months

Delivery rate:
1500 EUR / month

Nomination procedure:

  • The application is submitted as a nomination by an academic mentor of the University of Potsdam, who will supervise the doctoral project of a candidate at risk.
  • Direct applications of candidates are not possible.
  • Only one nomination can be made per mentor.

Contact: Claudia Rössling

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