IGEL statement about war

8 March 2022

The last few weeks have taken a dark turn for our friends and colleagues in Ukraine and Russia. With this message IGEL wants to reach out to our members in Ukraine: We want to let you know that we are thinking about you and are standing with you in solidarity during this difficult time. As an international organization, that is proud of its close-knit community of members from all over the world, we also want to offer our membership ways to help our colleagues suffering from the effects of this terrible war.

We are, of course, aware, that there are many others who have suffered or are still suffering from the effects of war and conflict in their home countries, often without the same level of attention from the world. That is why we have searched for ways in which we can help and support refugees around the world, including Ukraine. Please consider donating to local foundations, or consider helping in different ways as suggested by Scholars at Risk (https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/).

Here below there are additional information and resources on how to help Ukrainian scholarly refugees in your area. If you have found a helpful resource, please let us know, so we can add it to our list:

  • You can become a volunteer and contribute to Saving the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) in order to preserve the precious patrimony of the Ukraine.

  • The @Sci_for_Ukraine Twitter account is collecting information about practical support for students and researchers directly affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • The Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach awards fellowships and provides housing opportunities. Contact: forschung [at] dla-marbach.de

  • 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 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers fellowships for researchers at risk.

  • The University of Graz offers fellowships for Ukrainian researchers at risk.

  • The Haifa Center for German and European Studies at the University of Haifa offers “Ukraine Emergency Fellowship”. One 1yr fellowship in residence at the Haifa Center for German & European Studies for one scientist from Ukraine w/ a background in the Humanities, social sciences or law (with a doctorate).

  • The French hosting program for scientists and artists in exile (PAUSE) 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.