Support for scholars

This is a list that the coordinating secretariat at The Baltic University Programme have put together with different initiatives in Europe and the rest of the world which aims to help scholars affected by the war in Ukraine.

List of support initiatives

The Baltic Science Bridge, an initiative to support Ukrainian scholars and scientists unable to work due to the war. The initiative is being led by the BUP Associate Secretariat at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The Baltic Science Bridge is meant to give Ukrainian scholars and scientists an opportunity to live and perform some academic work in a Baltic Sea country which is not part of the conflict. Read more about the initiative Baltic Science Bridge.


The University of Gdańsk has launched the "Polish-Ukrainian scientific programme" dedicated to scientists from Ukraine. As part of the programme, scientists from Ukraine who will carry out research together with scientists from UG may receive a scholarship of 100 PLN/day. Stay of the scientist may last from 1 to 30 days. The University also provides a place to work and a scientific supervisor. See more on the university website or send an e-mail to

The Polish Academy of Sciences has an initiative that aims to help Ukrainian scientists by covering travels and offering positions up to 3 months with possibility of extension.

The University of Warsaw has an initiative called “The Study Visits Programme” which is dedicated to citizens of Ukraine or Poland, who crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border after 24 February, and were doctoral candidates at a Ukrainian university in 2021/2022. The study visits last from three to six months and participants will be exempted from the tuition fee. Read more about “The Study Visits Programme” on The University of Warsaw website. Read about all initiatives being taken at the University of Warsaw.


The Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute welcomes applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for an early stage researcher of any nationality who is directly affected by the war in Ukraine.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative for researchers at risk allows researchers who are subject to significant and continuous personal threat in their country of origin to continue their work at German universities and research institutions.

The Volkswagen Foundation wants to support Ukrainian scientists in temporarily continuing their scientific work in Germany.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding under the Walter Benjamin Programme.

The Gerda Henkel Foundation is reaching out to past and current grant holder as regards individual scholarships for scholars who are at risk or who had been forced to flee. They can themselves get assistance or can recommend support for other persons employed at Ukrainian universities.

MitOst e.V. a Berlin-based non-profit association fostering cultural exchange, coordinates the collaborative efforts of civil society organisations that are directly supporting on-the-ground efforts to secure people, provide protection, facilitate evacuations, and connect to temporary accommodation.

Polycentricity and Plurality of Premodern Christianities (POLY) at Goethe University Frankfurt offers five scholarships to Ukrainian historians who are forced to leave their country. Scholarships consist of 3000 € per month each and are initially limited to four months. They address post-doctoral scholars in medieval and early modern history with a focus on religious plurality. There is no deadline and no formal application.


Vilnius University has a research fellowship which is aimed at Ukrainian doctoral students, postdocs and established scientists working in the fields of Economics and Management. The initiative gives them the opportunity to continue their work in a research group at Vilnius University for a period of up to 3 months. Read more about the research fellowship on the university website.


PAUSE program supports scientists and artists in exile by facilitating their reception in higher education and research institutions or cultural institutions.


Södertörn University have, with the help of the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, established a funding programme to support researchers in need of protection. Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent war, the foundation has decided to temporarily expand the programme to cover six people, starting as soon as possible. If you are a researcher in need of protection or would like to recommend a researcher, contact Andreas Åkerlund,, adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for internationalisation. Read more about the funding programme to support researchers in need of protection on the Södertörn University website.

Uppsala University has allocated funds for a scholarship directed at Ukrainian researchers. There are up to 20 scholarships available of SEK 150,000 each for a stay of five months. A scholarship can only be awarded to a researcher covered by the Temporary Protection Directive who holds a doctorate (Degree of Doctor) at the time of application. Read more about the scholarship directed at Ukrainian researchers on the Uppsala University website. Ukrainian researchers who are interested in applying for the scholarship can also contact Uppsala University via

SciLifeLab will support Ukrainian guest scientists in the fields of life science and biocomputing to join SciLifeLab-affiliated research groups and infrastructure and the data-driven life science program. Financial support to cover salaries of Ukrainian scientists is available for a one-year period. Read more on the institution's website.

SFF offers help to Ukrainian researchers who come to Sweden in 2022. Within the call “SSF individual grants for Ukrainian scientists 2022” there is 30 million SEK is allocated and aimed towards Ukrainian citizens with a doctoral degree.


The Austrian Academy of Sciences is offering an emergency call for applications from Ukrainian researchers as part of its academic mobility programme “Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities” (JESH).


The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is making available 1 million francs to host researchers from Ukraine at universities in Switzerland through Scholars at Risk and supporting them with a series of additional measures.

Czech Republic

VSB – Technical University of Ostrava has gathered information about support for scholars and students locally and nationally in the Czech Republic. Visit their website for more information.

The Neuron Science Endowment Fund, its patrons and IOCB Tech have teamed up to help young scientists who are currently leaving Ukraine seeking a new refuge in the Czech Republic.

United Kingdom

Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) helps academics at immediate risk around the world to escape to a place of safety where they can continue their work. Read more about the support they offer on their website.


Taiwan is offering scholarships for Ukrainian scholars. Read more about the initiative on the Taiwan International Graduate Program’s website.

More important initiatives

ALLEA (All European Academies) has partnered with the Breakthrough Prize Foundation to support scholars and scientific institutions impacted by the war in Ukraine. The European fund for displaced scientists will provide funding to academic institutions in Europe to host displaced scholars. The initiative will also benefit affected Ukrainian universities, academies, and research institutes in maintaining their operations and rebuilding their scientific facilities and research collaborations. Read more about the European fund for displaced scientists on ALLEAs website.

The Science4Refugees initiative and EURAXESS portal provide research refugee friendly internships, part-time and full-time jobs, access to a European Research Community, as well as a complete range of information and support services on working and living in Europe. Ukrainian researchers are eligible to benefit from the Science4Refugees initiative without the need of holding the refugee status. Read more about Science4Refugees on the EURAXESS website.

Science for Ukraine, a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world. On their website you can find open positions for researchers directly affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Central European University (CEU) has a lot of initiatives for helping scholars. Among many initiatives all vacant rooms at the Budapest Kerepesi Dormitories have been made available to accommodate alumni and their families fleeing the war in Ukraine free of charge and they aim to expand the offer of fellowships to scholars from Ukraine. Read more about the CEU initiatives on their website.

Labs supporting Ukrainian Scientists is a list of well-over 100 labs that may be able to help Ukrainian Scientists. is an independent platform connecting Ukrainian refugees with potential hosts and housing.

We will updated this list if we receive any new information. If you are a part of or know any initiatives that are not included in the list please send an email to with more information so that we can add the initiative to this list.

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Last modified: 2023-03-20