Wiesbaden (dpa / lhe) – Hessen has awarded nine scholarships to researchers from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Turkey who are being persecuted in their home countries and want to leave the country. The Ministry of Science in Wisconsin made the announcement on Tuesday. The state program “Hessenfunds-Scholarship” has recently been opened for scientists who still live in their homeland but want to flee. Students and scientists who have already fled to Germany have been able to apply for scholarships since 2016
“In a growing number of countries, freedom of speech and freedom of science are under threat,” said Science Minister Angela Dorn (Green). This was shown, for example, by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan. “I would like to thank the universities that have provided a new academic home for researchers at risk of war and persecution.”
Twelve application rounds of the “Hassenfunds” program have so far supported a total of 257 refugees, including 222 students, 22 doctoral candidates and 13 scientists. In the current round, as of March 31, 2023, there are a total of 17 scholarship holders.
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