Russian Opposition Scholars-at-Risk
This page collects links to initiatives that may be helpful to Russian scholars who are fleeing Russia.
The world’s most immediate concern is to rescue Ukrainians who are fleeing combat zones. That is understood. This page is hosted on the website of someone who had a career in scholarship of Russia, and who is concerned about colleagues who are trying to flee Russia or who have already fled, and who need someplace to land to gather their wits and figure out what to do next. This means not apartments and groceries, but temporary institutional placements.
This page will be dynamic – new links will be added at the top of the page as they come to light. If you have something to contribute, send it to pattyagray [at] tutamail.com.
Science at Risk Lecture Series, organised in cooperation between Science at risk Emergency Office by akno e.V. and OFF-University
This is a remarkable, free series of courses, some of which can be taken by students for credit at their home universities. It looks like a good place to stay plugged in to scholarly networks, while at the same time, you can attend completely anonymously.
In response to the Russian war against Ukraine, the German Historical Institute Paris is awarding scholarships for a research visit to France and invites applications
This links to the website of the University of new Europe. At the top of the page, you will find a link to a crowd-sourced PDF file that is regularly updated.
Українські науковці можуть долучитися до 140 дослідницьких проєктів, що фінансуються ЄС. Використовуйте кнопку «Contact», щоб повідомити, що ви зацікавлені в участі в конкретному проєкті.
The Memory Studies Association offers funds for two fellowships of 4000 euros each to support memory scholars at risk. The MSA is looking for institutions across the world that would like to provide a place of academic refuge including matching funds or equivalent in-kind assistance.
Evolving resources for scholars fleeing as a result of the war in Ukraine.
Arranges, funds, and supports fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.
An extensive database of opportunities, with a clickable map showing where in the world fleeing scholars might go.
The European Research Council (ERC) has appealed to its grantees to provide temporary employment to refugee researchers and support staff; the link goes to a list of jobs available. The list is HUGE – there are positions all over Europe.
The Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen / Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Ireland is prepared to receive refugees
invites graduate students (Master and PhD), postdoctoral researchers, visiting scholars, and faculty affected by the war in Ukraine to apply
Support for threatened and displaced scholars from Ukraine
A PDF list of resources
“UZH will do everything in its power to help, support and where possible host educators, researchers and students from higher education institutions across Ukraine. Likewise, UZH offers to help its Russian researchers, who find themselves in this situation through no fault of their own. The Federal Council’s sanctions against Russia do not result in any restrictions for students and researchers at UZH.”
CEU is offering a variety of resources to assist scholars—especially alumni—fleeing the Ukraine war
Counseling services for students and researchers who flee Ukraine and Russia
This does seem to be strictly limited to Ukrainians who have arrived in Germany since the start of the war.
This page targets Ukrainian scholars, but the Czech Academy of Sciences has indicated an openness to consider applications from Russian scholars at risk.
The Initiative grants funding to German universities and research institutions which they can use to finance such foreign academics for two years.
This initiative is aimed not just at Ukrainian citizens but also at researchers from Russia and Belarus who for political reasons are no longer allowed to work, are being threatened, or have to leave their country.
At the University of Bremen – specifically includes also scholars from Russia and Belarus.
I don’t know who set this up, but wow! it is an infinite list. It will probably keep growing and evolving.
From the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies – also an evolving list that will grow, and may eventually include help for endangered Russian scholars.
Nothing here yet specifically for Russians or even Ukrainians, but good to keep on the radar.
Arranges institutional fellowships. Deadlines twice a year, with one in March, but watch to see if they create a special program related to the war.
A Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) program that supports refugee researchers by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding.
A deadline for Ukrainian scholars has been extended to 18 March. Watch to see if additional opportunities are announced.
For those who can read Polish. It is important to stay on the Polish-language version of the page and scroll down to the bottom and click the link “Pomoc finansowa” – there you will see links to major NGOs working in Poland in the humanitarian sector, it links to humanitarian, psychological, aid and legal aid
This last link is not so useful for scholars in need, but it is an inspiring example of how people in Poland have swung into action to match up resources with people in need:
and a similar one in Slovakia: