Science4Refugees – Support to highly skilled refugee scientists

The Science4Refugees initiative is directed towards refugees researchers/scientists who have applied for and been granted asylum in a host country, which will enable them to continue their educational path or enter the labour market. Under the header „Science4Refugees” a number of initiatives will be brought together on the EURAXESS portal.

Information available on education level of recently arrived asylum seekers and refugees points to a rather wide distribution across education level. In Germany, the share of those who attended university was on average around 20% according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees but it varies widely across countries of origin and the same is true in Sweden. In any case, there is evidence that at least part of the recently arrived refugees does have a tertiary education degree and intend to pursue their studies or research in the host country. To integrate them into Europe’s research system, specific measures are requested in terms of bringing up the employability and the skills of refugees.

The objective of the call is to scale up these initiatives and bring them to a European level.


This action will support activities at the institutional, regional or national level to scale up their activities for refugees from a regional to a European level. These initiatives will give refugees researchers/scientists the opportunity to develop their knowledge and careers by improving their skills and experience.

The initiatives will have the potential to be scaled up to a European level during the implementation phase, with a take-up on the EURAXESS portal, eg. databases for language courses or webinars on entrepreneurship and other training needs.

Entities under this call should be those that have established initiatives (minimum 2 years) to support refugees researchers/scientists to update their skills and employability at the European labour market. Entities dealing with the first basic needs of refugees or educational needs for children, such as accommodation or clothing, are not considered eligible under this call.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 100 000 would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń

30 sierpień 2017

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