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Scholars at Risk | Germany Section | NRW Group

The NRW group is a network of universities hosting refugee and at-risk scholars in North Rhine-Westfalia.

Amongst other things, the network organizes regular meetings, usually twice a year, for its member organisations plus a series of workshops (see below) for scientists. It also operates a mailing list.

Universities interested in an exchange are welcome to contact
Dr. Heike

2021 Support Program for Scholars at Risk

In 2021, five of the Scholars at Risk member institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) offer a joint support program for at-risk scholars. It is primarily aimed at the Philipp Schwartz fellows of the participating institutions, but other interested at-risk scholars may also apply for participation. By offering seminars and workshops on various research and career related issues, the program intends to facilitate the start of a new professional life here in Germany.


Who can participate?

Philipp Schwartz fellows of the involved institutions and other interested at-risk scholars.


How to participate?

If you would like to participate, please express your interest to the institution closest to your current place of residence. Contact details can be found below. If you are not already known to the contact person, you may be asked to submit a CV and a letter of motivation. The respective institution will then decide on your application in a timely manner. Joining the program is possible anytime.


What’s on offer?

The program consists of five modules each comprising at least one lecture or workshop. Further seminars can be added if required. Participation in all events is desirable, but not mandatory. It is also possible to join only selected events. Invitations with detailed information will be sent to the group members in due time before the event takes place. We kindly ask for your understanding that it is not possible to participate without prior registration. Participation is free of charge.


Make it in Germany - Interactive virtual Workshop

Dr. Iris Wangermann
Universität Siegen
02 Dec., 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
03 Dec., 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
18  Jan., 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
19  Jan., 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Germany’s research landscape

The German Academic Research Landscape for Internationals
Dr. Uta Brunner
University of Düsseldorf
June 10, 2021 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Career in Germany

What are my further career movements?
Matthias Merkelbach
University of Bonn
September 27/28, 2021 | 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
(2 days)

4 Years in Germany - Navigating within Academia and Beyond

Prof. Al-Towaie 
University of Cologne
14. Sept., .2021 | 17:00 - 19:00 pm 

Research funding in Germany

Preparing a grant proposal for the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Dr. Annette Kolb
University of Cologne
March 22, 2021 | 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Application training

Applying for jobs in Germany
Dr. Andreas Stützer
RWTH Aachen

Communication and presentation skills

Communication in international and interdisciplinary teams
Dr. Iris Wangermann
University of Siegen
April 6/ 7/ 15/ 16, 2021 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
(4 half days)

Refining the Basics for Online Scientific Presentation
John Kluempers, PhD
University of Cologne
August 24, 2021 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Participants who complete all modules receive a joint certificate from the involved institutions.




RWTH Aachen
Contact Person: Cathrin Urbanke

University of Cologne
Contact Person: Dr. Heike Berner

University of Siegen
Contact Person: Dr. Nina Fenn

University of Bonn
International Office

University of Düsseldorf
Contact Person: Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge