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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.

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2022 Support Program for Scholars at Risk

In 2022, five of the Scholars at Risk member institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) again offer a collaborative support program for at-risk scholars. The Philipp Schwartz fellows of the participating institutions are the target group of this program, but other interested at-risk scholars may also apply for participation. The workshops and seminars discuss various research- and career-related issues and are intended to help at-risk scholars with starting their professional life in Germany.  

 

Who can participate?

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

How to participate?

Please reach out to the contact person at your institution if you would like to participate. If you are not already known by the contact person, you might be required to submit your CV and a letter of motivation. The respective institutions will then decide on your application. Interested participants may join the program at any time. 

 

What’s on offer?

More workshops may be added to this page over the course of time. 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 participants 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.

 
Contact/Registration

Please reach out to the contact person at your university if you wish to register.

If you are a scholar from a university that is not listed here, please get in touch with the contact person for at-risk scholars at your university and ask them to contact us for you.

Please note that the program is meant for postdocs.

Programme

 

 20-01-2022 – “German taxes in a nutshell” (University of Düsseldorf)

Depending on their source of income, international researchers living in Germany can be subject to German income tax. This information session will give an overview of the most important aspects of the German income tax for expats and try to tackle the most common questions arising such as: Do I have to pay income taxes? Do I need to make an income tax declaration? When do l have to file my tax return and how? Do I also have to pay taxes in my home country?

A Q&A session will be allocated at the end so as to tend to your personal questions. You are most welcome to send in any specific questions or areas you are interested in prior to the session.

Claudine Ndlovu (Research Associate “International Taxation & Business Law B.A”, Hochschule Rhein-Waal)
Online Seminar: 20-01-2022, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

 

 11-04-2022 – “The German Social Security System” (University of Düsseldorf)

Germany has a reputation for having one of the best social security systems in the world. At its core, the social security system is based on five pillars: health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance and accident insurance.

But how does the system actually work? Which insurances are available for international researchers? What differences apply to researchers with a work contract and those with a scholarship? What are the benefits of statutory health insurance? What do you need to consider when seeing a doctor? Which additional private insurances are beneficial for international researchers? All these questions will be addressed in this information session. Furthermore, the event will provide time to address participants' individual questions.

Dr. Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge (JUNO)
Online Seminar: 11-04-2022;  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

 

09-05-2022 until 13-05-2022 – “Entrepreneurship Explorer Ruhr” (Ruhr University Bochum)

Are you an international founder or interested in setting up a business based on applied sciences? Do you have an outstanding idea for a B2B business and are you eager to further develop your project? Are you wondering how to set up a company in Germany or how to master German market entrance? Then you are most welcome to our start-up camp “Entrepreneurship Explorer Ruhr”! Why? You will have the opportunity to develop your business model, broaden and deepen your economic skills, practice your sales competence, and get to know one of the most active start-up communities in Germany.

The event is free of charge and takes place online from May 9th until May 13th, 2022. International founders with an academic background, graduate students and early-stage researchers with a concrete B2B business idea in the field of engineering, life and natural sciences are eligible.

Organizers: Worldfactory International
Registration and draft  program: https://www.worldfactory.de/en/international/entrepreneurship-explorer-ruhr
The application deadline is the 11th of April 2022.
Online Workshop: 09-05-2022 until 13-05-2022. 

 

 16-05-2022 & 17-05-2022 – “Career Planning: What are my further career moves?“ (University of Bonn)

The objectives of this workshop are to find out what your unique abilities and interests are that are critical in determining the right career path for yourself. And how you can combine your ideas about a fulfilled life with a university career. The aim is to develop a strategy for embarking on an academic career path or other career choices.

This seminar focuses on supporting young scientists and researchers by offering possibilities to reflect upon future careers based on individual profiles. Participants develop their own vision for their future personal and professional lives.

Matthias Merkelbach, M.A.
Online seminar: 16-05-2022: 09.00 - 17:00 p.m. /17-05-2022: 09.00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m.

 

16-05-2022 – “German taxes in a nutshell” (University of Düsseldorf)

Depending on their source of income, international researchers living in Germany can be subject to German income tax. This information session will give an overview of the most important aspects of the German income tax for expats and try to tackle the most common questions arising such as: Do I have to pay income taxes? Do I need to make an income tax declaration? When do l have to file my tax return and how? Do I also have to pay taxes in my home country?

A Q&A session will be allocated at the end so as to tend to your personal questions. You are most welcome to send in any specific questions or areas you are interested in prior to the session.

Claudine Ndlovu (Research Associate “International Taxation & Business Law B.A”, Hochschule Rhein-Waal)
Online Seminar: 16-05-2022, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

 

18-05-2022 "Approbation Workshop: The path to the German license to practice medicine" (University of Cologne)

In a 90-minute workshop, we would like to provide specific support on which steps are necessary to obtain the German license to practice medicine.

The following questions will be addressed:

Which language and professional requirements do I have to fulfill in order to apply for the license to practice medicine in Germany? Which authority is in charge? Which documents do I have to submit? Which language skills do I have to prove? What is a specialist language certificate? What is the procedure for a specialist language examination („Fachsprachprüfung“) before the Medical Association („Ärztekammer“)? How can I prepare myself? When is a knowledge examination („Kenntnisprüfung“) necessary? What topics are coveredin a knowledge examination? How can I prepare for a knowledge examination? How much time does it take to apply for my license to practice medicine?

We are very pleased to have two proven experts as speakers for this workshop. Dr. Shermineh Shahi and Cecile Polzin from the mibeg-Institut Medizin will provide you with practical and comprehensive information.

After the workshop there will be a time window of 30 minutes for questions.

Please note that individual approbation cases cannot be discussed.

Dr. Shermineh Shahi and Cecile Polzin (Mibeg Institut)
Online Workshop: 18-05-2022, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

02-06-2022 - Application Training (RWTH Aachen)

This seminar addresses the practical questions that come up when tackling the next step in your career:

How do I search for and find vacancies for scientists in Germany (and Europe)?
How can I define my personal profile for jobs in the different sectors: in science, in the private economy, or in the public service?

What are the expectations of German employers regarding the application documents?
What other options do I have besides looking for a job in a German (or European) company (research fellowships, start-up etc.)?

Dr. Andreas Stützer
Online seminar: 02-06-2022, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

 

 13-06-2022  –  “The German academic landscape for internationals” (University of Düsseldorf)

A variety of institutions with diverse objectives and interests characterize the German research landscape. In this seminar, participants will learn about the German higher education system, non-university research institutions as well as possible entry positions and funding opportunities for international junior scientists. In addition, the seminar will also present career prospects beyond research positions.

Dr. Uta Brunner
Online seminar: 13-06-2022; 4:30 – 6 p.m. 

 

19-10-2022 – “Getting to know Germany“ (University of Cologne)

Judith Berns, M.A.
Online seminar: 19-10-2022, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

 

02-11-2022 – Information about the German pension insurance system (University of Cologne)

Germany has a reputation for having one of the best social security systems in the world but also created a rather bureaucratic monster in its wake . Living and working in Germany necessitates a general knowledge and understanding of its statutory pension system. How does ist work? What kind of benefits can I get? What happens when I leave Germany? What happens when I move within the European Union or what is possible if I leave the European Union? So this should be an introduction to the main pillar of old age provisions and more - a general overview and a guide where to get help and information from.

All these questions and more will be addressed in this information session. Furthermore, the event will provide time to address participants' individual questions.

Angela Müller, M.A.
Online seminar: 02-11-2022, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 
Contact

RWTH Aachen
Contact Person: Cathrin Urbanke
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University of Cologne
Contact Persons:

Dr. Heike Berner
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Casper Wijckmans
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University of Siegen
Contact Person: Dr. Nina Fenn
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University of Bonn
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University of Düsseldorf
Contact Person: Dr. Sigrun Wegener-Feldbrügge
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