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Scholars at Risk | Germany Section | NRW Group

2020 Support Program for Scholars at Risk


In 2020, 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’d 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 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.

Module 1: Research Funding in Germany (University of Cologne) postponed
National and European funding sources (DFG, BMBF, NRW, Foundations, EU)
Speakers: Dr. Markus Stanat, Patricia Hoff
Module 2: Social Competencies (University of Siegen) May 5/6, 2020
Communication in international and interdisciplinary teams
Coach: Dr. Iris Wangermann
10.30 am - 4:00 pm
(2 days!)
Module 3: The German Research Landscape (University of Düsseldorf) June 22, 2020
University and non-university research: The unique German research landscape
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Stützer
2:00 - 6:00 pm
Module 4: Career in Germany (University of Bonn) September 22/23, 2020
Career planning: What are my future career moves?
Coach: Matthias Merkelbach
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
(2 days!)
Module 5: Application Training (RWTH Aachen) October 28, 2020
Applying for jobs in Germany
Coach: Dr. Andreas Stützer
9:30 am - 4.30 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