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Philipp Schwartz Fellowship Applications

The KFG "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities" is willing to support one threatened researcher with his/her application to the Philipp Schwartz initiative for scholars at risk. If the fellowship is granted, one researcher could be hosted by the KFG for a period of at least 24 months, to conduct his/her research project. The fellowship, including subsidies, can amount to 3,500 EUR/month.


Within the Philipp Schwartz initiative, research institutions in Germany can apply for funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to support researchers under threat. In the current call for applications, about 20 fellowships are available. Kindly note that researchers cannot apply directly but must be nominated by a suitable institution. Please find updated programme documents and further information at the website of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative.


The KFG is willing to apply for funding of one researcher, whose project should show some meaningful relatedness to research done at the KFG. The person will have to fulfil the following conditions, as specified by the Philipp Schwartz initiative:

  • have completed their doctorate or a comparable academic degree (PhD, CSc or equivalent)
  • do not reside or have not been resident outside their own country for more than three years; researchers who hold German university entrance qualifications (“Bildungsinländer”) are not eligible
  • can show a confirmation of being under threat by one of the following institutions: Scholars at Risk Network (SAR), Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education (SRF), and the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) OR by way of a residence status in the context of an asylum-granting procedure that confirms a recognised threat
  • possess the language skills required to successfully conduct their research projects (English and/or German)
  • possess academic qualifications (e.g. publications)
  • possess potential to be integrated into the (research-related) job market
  • who have not yet been funded in the context of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative


Persons that have access to residence in safe countries due to multiple citizenship and German citizens are not eligible for nomination. Multiple nominations of one person by several institutions are not permitted.


Scholars at risk who are interested in mentorship of the KFG for the purpose of a Philipp Schwartz application shall send a CV, a letter explaining their personal situation, a short research draft (1-2 pages) and

and a letter of SAR, SRF or CARA confirming their risk status by 15 March to: multiple-secularities@uni-leipzig.de

Applications of persons, who do not meet the above-mentioned criteria will not be taken into consideration.


The selection by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will take place by 15 September 2018. Funding will be granted from 1 October 2018 on, postponement on serious reasons is possible.


The Philipp Schwartz Initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is funded by the Federal Foreign Office, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Stifterverband, and Stiftung Mercator.