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The Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat is writing to share information about support and help that is available for scholars and students affected by the war in Ukraine. We know much is already being done at our participating universities and our goal is to collect this useful information so it reaches those in need. The information below can also be found on our website which we will keep updated if we receive any new information. If you are a part of or know any initiatives that are not included please get back to us and we will add these to our website by contacting us at

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Support for scholars

The Baltic Science Bridge, an initiative to support Ukrainian scholars and scientists unable to work due to the war. The initiative is being led by the BUP Associate Secretariat at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The Baltic Science Bridge is meant to give Ukrainian scholars and scientists an opportunity to live and perform some academic work in a Baltic Sea country which is not part of the conflict. Read more about the initiative on the BUP website.

The University of Gdańsk has launched the "Polish-Ukrainian scientific programme" dedicated to scientists from Ukraine. As part of the programme, scientists from Ukraine who will carry out research together with scientists from UG may receive a scholarship of 100 PLN/day. Stay of the scientist may last from 1 to 30 days. The University also provides a place to work and a scientific supervisor. See more on the university website or send an e-mail to

Philipp Schwartz Initiative for researchers at risk allows researchers who are subject to significant and continuous personal threat in their country of origin to continue their work at German universities and research institutions.

The Volkswagen Foundation wants to support Ukrainian scientists in temporarily continuing their scientific work in Germany.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding under the Walter Benjamin Programme.

The Gerda Henkel Foundation is reaching out to past and current grant holder as regards individual scholarships for scholars who are at risk or who had been forced to flee. They can themselves get assistance or can recommend support for other persons employed at Ukrainian universities.

MitOst e.V. a Berlin-based non-profit association fostering cultural exchange, coordinates the collaborative efforts of civil society organisations that are directly supporting on-the-ground efforts to secure people, provide protection, facilitate evacuations, and connect to temporary accommodation.

Polycentricity and Plurality of Premodern Christianities (POLY) at Goethe University Frankfurt offers five scholarships to Ukrainian historians who are forced to leave their country. Scholarships consist of 3000 € per month each and are initially limited to four months. They address post-doctoral scholars in medieval and early modern history with a focus on religious plurality. There is no deadline and no formal application. Read more about the scholarships.

PAUSE program opens a special call for emergency assistance to Ukrainian researchers in danger, through an emergency fund granted by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

SFF offers help to Ukrainian researchers who come to Sweden in 2022. Within the call “SSF individual grants for Ukrainian scientists 2022” there is 30 million SEK is allocated and aimed towards Ukrainian citizens with a doctoral degree.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is offering an emergency call for applications from Ukrainian researchers as part of its academic mobility programme “Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities” (JESH).

The SNSF is making available 1 million francs to host researchers from Ukraine at universities in Switzerland through Scholars at Risk and supporting them with a series of additional measures.

Czech Republic
The Neuron Science Endowment Fund, its patrons and IOCB Tech have teamed up to help young scientists who are currently leaving Ukraine seeking a new refuge in the Czech Republic.

United Kingdom
Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) helps academics at immediate risk around the world to escape to a place of safety where they can continue their work. Read more about the support they offer on their website.

More important initiatives
Science for Ukraine, a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world. On their website you can find open positions for researchers directly affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

 The Central European University (CEU) has a lot of initiatives for helping scholars. Among many initiatives all vacant rooms at the Budapest Kerepesi Dormitories have been made available to accommodate alumni and their families fleeing the war in Ukraine free of charge and they aim to expand the offer of fellowships to scholars from Ukraine. Read more about the CEU initiatives on their website.

Labs supporting Ukrainian Scientists is a list of well-over 100 labs that may be able to help Ukrainian Scientists. is an independent platform connecting Ukrainian refugees with potential hosts and housing.


Support for students

SGH Warsaw School of Economics
The university has, among many other important initiatives, introduced special rules related to the educational part of the academic year (e.g., waiving tuition, flexible registration for courses, flexible regulations pertaining to courses/exams requirements, etc.) and established an SGH voluntary service to support Ukrainian students and their families. If you are interested in studying at SGH Warsaw School of Economics, please send an email to:

University of Agriculture in Nitra
The university is for example offering financial support via a special scholarship. The scholarship is provided from the university's own resources in cash in the amount of € 300 for students I. and II. degree of study in full-time form. Students will be notified of more detailed information about the dates and place of payment. Furthermore there are opportunities to complete academic mobility, work stays and postdoctoral stays at SUA in Nitra for students, employees and doctoral students of Ukrainian universities, contact address regarding this is:
Any request in general can be sent to:

 Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)
Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is supporting the Ukrainian students fleeing the war by providing them tuition-free studies in the study programmes taught in English. The support extends to the students in all study levels, including those who are currently studying at KTU.

 University of Gdańsk
The Students' Legal Clinic is preparing to provide support in informing students about obtaining a secure status in Poland. The University is in contact with NAWA regarding the admission of refugee students under scholarships for foreigners. The university have reduced fees for Ukrainian students for the current preparatory courses for Polish language certificate exams. Students from Ukraine who have come to Poland may apply for a transfer to study. See more information on the university website.

 University of Helsinki
University of Helsinki grants the right to complete non-degree studies to persons who have arrived in Finland and whose degree studies have been suspended at the Ukrainian higher education institution due to war. Ukrainian citizens will not be charged for studies at Open University until autumn 2023.


Central European University (CEU)
The CEU has a lot of initiatives for helping students. Among many initiatives they have a Student Emergency Fund, they have waived the registration fee for students from Ukraine and they are actively fundraising for scholarships for Ukrainian students through a solicitation campaign. Read more about the CEU initiatives on their website.

 STAR (Student Action for Refugees)
STAR campaigns for and supports the creation of scholarships to improve access to university for people who have claimed asylum in the UK. On their website you can find a list of scholarship opportunities in the UK, together with advice for your application and information about other funding opportunities.

More useful initiatives and support

Science for Ukraine, a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world. On their website you can find open positions for students directly affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Article 26 Backpack empowers young people to plan and structure their higher education, training and career pathways. The Backpack provides them with a way to safely store and share with universities, scholarship agencies, and even employers their educational background, employment history, professional achievements and goals.


With kind regards,

The Baltic University Programme