Options to stay at the University of Bamberg

There are essentially two options for refugee scholars to stay at the University of Bamberg:

1. Scholars without a host

  • Free access to the university's research infrastructure (library, IT systems, etc.)
  • Support with organisational questions (residence status, accommodation, insurance, etc.) through the Welcome Center.
  • This option does not include any financial support (however, it may be possible to obtain funding via the regular refugee status).

2. Scholars with a host

  • Free access to the university's research infrastructure (library, computer centre, etc.)
  • Support with organisational issues (residence status, accommodation, insurance, etc.) through the Welcome Center.
  • Scholars may apply for external scholarships or funding for a duration of up to 2 years (see below). The University of Bamberg will gladly help you with the application.

For the second option (scholars with a host), the academic community has set up or strengthened various programmes to support scholars in need.

An overview, which is constantly updated, can be found here:

A. Scholarships for PhD students

Scholarships for doctoral candidates

  • Duration: up to 48 months
  • Application: first candidates must be nominated by the board of management, then DAAD conducts initial plausibility check and after that suitable applicants can apply with DAAD
  • Deadline for nominations: up to March 15, 2022 for planned start of studies summer semester 2023 and up to September 15, 2022 for planned start of studies winter summer semester 2023/2024
  • Further information: https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/scholarships/hilde-domin-programm/

The Free State of Bavaria will sponsor scholarships for the academic year 2023/24. Graduates (with appropriate citizenship) from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine are eligible to apply. The scholarships are meant to finance postgraduate studies (i.e. master's programs), PhDs or one-year research sojourns at Bavarian higher education institutions.


B. Scholarships and funding for postdocs and professors

Fellowship or contractual employment for postdocs and established researchers

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application: Universities submit the application jointly with the host researcher in Germany.
  • The next call for applications is expected to be launched in June 2023.
  • Further information: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/apply/sponsorship-programmes/philipp-schwartz-initiative

Employment contracts for researchers from all career levels (PhD candidates and postdocs) 

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The European Commission supports displaced researchers from Ukraine in the context of fellowships. Eligible host organisations are invited to apply to the MSCA4Ukraine scheme for fellowships to host displaced researchers from Ukraine from all disciplines and career levels.

  • Duration: 6 to 24 months
  • Fellowship rates: in line with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Networks and MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Timeframe: ongoing applications (three cut of dates in November, December 2022 and January 2023)
  • Further information: https://sareurope.eu/msca4ukraine/information-for-applicants/

DFG: Special programme for Ukraine “Cooperation with Developing Countries”

The ongoing Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the situation of researchers there is something that the DFG continues view with great concern. For this reason, in addition to the funding measures it has already initiated, the DFG is now offering separate support for Ukrainian researchers (project leaders) who are in Ukraine and are still able to pursue research: in the case of Research Grants, Research Units and Priority Programmes and under the existing DFG procedure “Cooperation with Developing Countries”, applicants in Germany can now apply for funds to cover the living expenses of Ukrainian project leaders in a maximum amount of €1,000 per month per project leader for project implementation in Ukraine, and can pass these funds on to the individuals concerned in the event of approval.

DFG supplemental proposals

DFG Walter Benjamin Programme

Stipend for doctoral students, postdocs and established researchers

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