Scholars at Risk fellowship

For academics who can no longer safely work in their own country, or have been forced to flee, the UvA offers two Scholars at Risk (SAR) fellowships each year. Fellows are hosted at a UvA research institute for up to two years.

As a SAR fellow, you can do research at the UvA while receiving a grant to cover your living expenses. You will be hosted by the UvA research institute that best matches your own research interests and area of expertise.

Fellowship conditions

A fellowship gives you a home base from which to conduct your research, colleagues with whom to exchange ideas, and access to facilities such as UvA libraries and office space.

You’ll also receive a needs-based grant to help cover your living expenses. Fellowships are awarded for a period of 1 year (minimum) to 2 years (maximum).

How to apply

To be selected for a fellowship, there must be a close match between your research interests and area of expertise, and those of the host research institute. Fellowships are available for PhD candidates, postdocs and senior academics.

For information on how apply, please send an email to

UvA staff who would like to put forward the name of someone as a potential SAR fellow can also send an email to SIO for details on how to proceed.

Scholars at Risk network

The fellowships are offered jointly with the international network Scholars at Risk (SAR). SAR is dedicated to academic freedom and supporting academics at risk. 440 higher education institutions from 40 countries are affiliated with SAR. The UvA is a co-founder of the network’s branch in the Netherlands, and works together with the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF).

Published by  University of Amsterdam

13 August 2018