Researchers at Risk

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The Welcome Center Potsdam offers initial consultations and the following services:

  • Information on research and funding opportunities
  • Identification of potential hosts for making contacts
  • Becoming part of the UP community means that you have access to all of the services provided by the Welcome Center
  • Mediation of additional help and support, inside and outside of the UP


Philipp Schwartz Initiative

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With the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables the accommodation of endangered researchers at universities and research institutions by providing two-year scholarships or positions, as well as a lump sum to the institution hosting in the scholar. The University of Potsdam has already successfull participated in the program. The candidates cannot apply directly but need to be nominated by the University of Potsdam.

The university’s internal deadline for nominations is February, 7th 2022.

The detailed documents can be found on the pages of the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative (available from mid of January, 2022).

For any questions related to the programm and the nomination procedure the Head of the Welcome Center Potsdam, Mrs. Claudia Roessling, will be at your service: +49 331 977 1382, claudia.roessling[at]

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Further funding options for threatend researchers

Sponsorship programs for threatend researchers and
Funding options via universities and research institutions

Scholars at Risk Network


Claudia Rößling


Claudia Rößling
Welcome Center Potsdam | "Am Neuen Palais" Service Center
Phone: +49.331.977-1382
E-mail: welcome-center[at]