Academic Solidarity | Jewish general

There is a global consciousness in science. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, internationalism was reflected in a growing number of emergency scholarships or emergency fellowships. Not only in Europe, but also in Israel.

In collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the University of Haifa invites researchers from Ukraine to apply for scholarships to the local Center for German and European Studies. “As an organization, we’ve tightened our belts a bit in terms of items such as printing costs, travel and advertising, and as a researcher, I’ve brought my own research funding,” said Stefan Ehrig, head of the center, in an interview with Jewish General.

Researchers Above all, however, he was able to rely on DAAD’s financial support and the management of the University of Haifa. The scholarship costs ,000 30,000 a year and the associated costs and primarily targets female researchers who are forced to flee Ukraine with their children. The duration of the fellowship is important to her – “so you don’t have to worry about how things will go in a few weeks.”

On its website, DAAD compiles the addresses of organizations that help Ukrainian researchers.

Last weekend, Tel Aviv University (TAU) also announced that it would provide a graduate scholarship for Ukrainian students who are unable to continue their work in their home countries due to the war. TAU wants to accommodate dozens of researchers from afflicted countries on its campus, with plans to stay one semester.

On its website, DAAD compiles the addresses of organizations that help Ukrainian researchers. The “German-Ukrainian Science Bridge Hamburg” wants to make it possible for scientists to come to Germany, where they can be involved in teaching Eastern European and German students.

Emergency program The Austrian Academy of Sciences is currently advertising more than 25 scholarships in a “Ukraine Emergency Call”. The program is initially inspired by 270,000 euros and aims to stay four months at Austrian universities. The Academic Emergency Support of the Polish Academy of Sciences offers a three-month study period with an increased probability. It covers the travel and accommodation costs of Ukrainian researchers and adds 5,000 zlotys (about 1,050 euros) per month.

Stefan Ehrig hopes that the University of Haifa initiative will become “part of our scientific culture.”

There are role models for Ukraine’s current emergency program: for example, Kader Konuk, a professor of Turkish studies, has built a beacon of academic solidarity in the face of political persecution and war. The academy was established as a super-regional collaboration between the universities of Essen, Duisburg and Berlin under the impression of criminalization of Turkish scientists, who then left their country.

Meanwhile, Stefan Ehrig hopes that the University of Haifa initiative “will become part of our scientific culture and then reactivate in various forms in future conflicts and crises”. “This is especially important in our region, and it will be important and important to provide assistance and security to our colleagues who are in need, so that things can go on and think through the conflict,” Ehrig said.

It is conceivable, for example, that the Israeli Academy of Sciences will continue and re-dedicate a program launched during the Corona epidemic; It also aims to resume disrupted research in Israel.

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