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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


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 first calls for proposals resulted in funding for more than 160 scholars. The University of Potsdam has already participated successfully in the previous rounds of the initiative and can now again nominate applicants.

The university-internal application deadline for the new call is 20 August 2019.

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@uni-potsdam.de

Philipp Schwartz Initiative

Here you will find the application forms for the Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for researchers at risk.

Funding Options

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

Scholars at Risk Network

Lecture Series - Democracy and Citizenship at Risk

Claudia Rößling


Claudia Rößling
Welcome Center Potsdam | "Am Neuen Palais" Service Center
Phone: +49.331.977-1382
E-mail: welcome-center@uni-potsdam.de