A new supportive program under Expansion of Scholarship Programs in order to provide further support for Afghanistan is released by Alexander Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and German Exchange Service (DAAD) jointly on December 19, 2021.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding by the Federal Foreign Office aim to expand their support for Afghan students and researchers. Initially, the DAAD can provide four million euros for this supportive program and one million euros by AvH.
Prof. Dr Joybrato Mukherjee, the DAAD President defined the situation in Afghanistan as desolated and extremely bleak. He said that the Afghan students and researchers both inside the country and those refugees in Germany need urgent further perspectives. The president defined this expansion of efforts for these people together with the Humboldt Foundation and funds by the Federal Foreign Office as very gratifying.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pape, the President of AvH said that Germany is committed to academic freedom on a world scale, and provides a safe place for those researchers who are at risk. He added that the threat is great particularly in Afghanistan, and in their division of labor with DAAD and with funding from the Federal Foreign Office, they are happy to have the ability to provide an offer of support for Afghan researchers.
Philipp Schwartz Initiative and Hild Domain Program
Both of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative and Hilde Domain Program Organizations will use part of their funds to further expand their successful and existing programs for researchers, doctoral candidates, and students who are at risk. For instance, the DAAD is planning a particular amount for Afghanistan under Hilde Domain Program for persecuted students, refugees, and doctoral candidates. For this purpose, about thirty more fellowship places will be awarded in the coming year.
Under the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, the Humboldt Foundation sponsored above 300 at-risk researchers, with one Afghan researcher included. Considering the situation and in response to that, It also has provided more flexible nomination conditions for Afghan at-risk researchers. Currently, there are ten more nominations.
New Bridge Scholarships
Under the new scholarships program, so-called bridge scholarships, qualified Afghans – after they arrive in Germany – are also eligible to apply for an additional offer in order to make or enhance an academic year. Up until now, the DAAD is planning to provide around 60 awards under this program (bridge scholarships). This award includes family allowance, in the coming year, basically for Afghan students who enrolled at German Universities already, or a place has been promised to them at a university.
The Humboldt Foundation plans to provide about 20 one-year-long scholarships in the framework of the bridge sponsorship program for at-risk academicians. The awards’ purpose is to enable the successful candidates to start and prepare future vision at German universities and institutions in a safe environment under the support of the academic hosts. The funding provided covers benefits and funds related to the family for more linguistic and professional qualifications.
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