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.


Mobility scholarships for history postgraduates and researchers from Ukraine

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


The University of New Europe – Resources for Academics At Risk

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.


Horizon for Ukraine

Українські науковці можуть долучитися до 140 дослідницьких проєктів, що фінансуються ЄС. Використовуйте кнопку «Contact», щоб повідомити, що ви зацікавлені в участі в конкретному проєкті.


Resources for Artists and Scholars Forced to Flee Ukraine

In support of artists, scholars, and all people forced to flee Ukraine because of the Russian invasion of the country, the editorial collective of ARTMargins Online is compiling a growing list of resources (primarily art- and research-related), including residencies, fellowships,  internships, and emergency funds.

MSA Launches the Fellowship “Memory Scholars at Risk” — Call for Host Institutions 

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.


University of Zurich

Evolving resources for scholars fleeing as a result of the war in Ukraine.


The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)

Arranges, funds, and supports fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.


#Science for Ukraine

An extensive database of opportunities, with a clickable map showing where in the world fleeing scholars might go.


European Research Council – Jobs for Researchers Fleeing the War

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.


Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University (USA) will shelter UKRAINIANS, RUSSIANS, BELARUSIANS – all scholars (STEM, History, Sociology, Anthropology, etc.) who are in danger in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. Please spread this information. If you know people who need such help, ask them to send a CV to dr.volchenov@gmail.com.  Texas Tech University (TTA) is located in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Dimitri Volchenkov is a Professor in their Math & Statistics Dept.
Техасский технический университет (США) приютит УКРАИНЦЕВ, РУССКИХ, БЕЛОРУСОВ – всех ученых (естественных наук, истории, социологии, антропологии и т.д.), которые находятся в опасности в Украине, России и Беларуси. Главное добраться до нас. Пожалуйста, распространите эту информацию. Если вы знаете людей, которым нужна такая помощь, попросите их прислать мне резюме (dr.volchenov@gmail.com).

New Non-Residential Fellowships to Support Ukrainian Scholars

The Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen / Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.


Irish Immigration Service FAQs for Ukraine Nationals and Residents of Ukraine

Ireland is prepared to receive refugees


University of Haifa, Israel, Special Visiting Program

invites graduate students (Master and PhD), postdoctoral researchers, visiting scholars, and faculty affected by the war in Ukraine to apply


The Institute for International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund

Support for threatened and displaced scholars from Ukraine


Scholars At Risk – Switzerland Section

A PDF list of resources


University of Zurich

“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.”


Central European University

CEU is offering a variety of resources to assist scholars—especially alumni—fleeing the Ukraine war


Leibniz University Hannover

Counseling services for students and researchers who flee Ukraine and Russia


Volkswagen Stiftung Funding for Refugee Scholars and Scientists from Ukraine

This does seem to be strictly limited to Ukrainians who have arrived in Germany since the start of the war.


Czech Academy of Sciences

This page targets Ukrainian scholars, but the Czech Academy of Sciences has indicated an openness to consider applications from Russian scholars at risk.


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie

This is a link to a PDF with a list of resources.


If you are with a German university that wants to offer safe haven to fleeing researchers…

The Initiative grants funding to German universities and research institutions which they can use to finance such foreign academics for two years.


Gerda Henkel Foundation

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.


Hans Koschnick Scholarships for Researchers at Risk

At the University of Bremen – specifically includes also scholars from Russia and Belarus.


Resources for Scholars At Risk (Google Doc)

I don’t know who set this up, but wow! it is an infinite list. It will probably keep growing and evolving.


Resources to Help Displaced Scholars from Ukraine

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.


Scholars At Risk Network

Nothing here yet specifically for Russians or even Ukrainians, but good to keep on the radar.


Open Society University Network Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative

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.


Walter Benjamin Program

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.


Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, Philipp Schwartz Initiative for At-Risk Scholars

A deadline for Ukrainian scholars has been extended to 18 March. Watch to see if additional opportunities are announced.


Polish Government Resources

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:

Aktualne Zapotrzebowanie

and a similar one in Slovakia:

Kto pomôž Ukrajine