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

PhD Scholars at Risk

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The University of Potsdam offers a completion grant for PhD scholars at risk. It is aimed at giving threatened PhD students the chance to finalize their PhD in Germany.

Funding shall be given as a completion grant of € 1.500/ month for 12 to 30 months at the maximum.

The application deadline for the call was 15 March 2020.

For more information and the application forms, please see the website of the Potsdam Graduate School.

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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, 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.

Details on the 8th call will be published in summer 2020.

You may find all application forms here.

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,

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Funding Options

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