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Scholars-at-Risk Program


About the Program:

The KWG is committed to supporting scholars-at-risk from the field of Cultural Studies who face challenges in pursuing their research and academic endeavors. Established in 2023, our Scholars-at-Risk Program aims to provide financial assistance to scholars who find themselves in difficult circumstances, enabling them to continue their academic pursuits, participate in conferences, and engage with the scholarly community. It is generally limited to scholars who find themselves in positions of (immediate) risk due to, for example, displacement, war, and threats of violence.

Funding Support:

Through the KWG Scholars-at-Risk Program, eligible scholars may apply for financial assistance up to 1000 Euros per person for activities in 2024. This support can be utilized for a variety of purposes that enhance their academic and professional development, including but not limited to:

  1. Conference Attendance: Covering travel, registration, and accommodation expenses for scholars to participate in academic conferences, workshops, and seminars. 
  2. Research Materials: Funding for research materials, books, subscriptions, and access to databases and archives.
  3. Publication Costs: Assistance for scholars to publish their research findings in reputable journals and publications.
  4. Language Courses: Support for language courses to improve communication and research skills.
  5. Professional Development: Funding for training and workshops that enhance scholars‘ research methodologies and academic skills.
  6. Travel Grants: Assistance for travel related to research projects, collaborations, or academic activities.

Application Process:

Scholars from the field of Cultural Studies interested in applying for support through the KWG Scholars-at-Risk Program are invited to submit their applications, outlining their specific needs, describing their proposed project, include the estimated budget and state how the funding will contribute to their academic development. Please write no more than 2 pages!

Important Dates:

– Application Opening Date: November 1, 2023

– Application Deadline: December 20, 2023

– Announcement of Awardees: January 3, 2024

Contact Us:

For inquiries and further information about the KWG Scholars-at-Risk Program, please contact Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner at amerikanistik@mx.uni-saarland.de

Help Us Support Scholars in Need:

At KWG we believe in the power of education and research to create positive change in the world. Join us in supporting scholars-at-risk by contributing to the KWG’s program and becoming a member.