Research Luxembourg stands with Ukraine

17 March 2022

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Research Luxembourg and its member organisations, in cooperation with other European partners, condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and is mobilising to set up actions to help the Ukrainian research community.

In reaction to the Russian aggression of Ukraine, Luxembourg public research institutions, together with European and international partners, have initiated the following policy to support the Ukrainian research community.

Suspension of official relations with Russian and Belarussian research institutions

Research Luxembourg will suspend official relationships with institutions from Russia and Belarus. In multilateral cooperation structures, Research Luxembourg will not participate in actions involving organisations from Russia or Belarus.

Concerning funding schemes, new projects involving institutions from Russia or Belarus as partners will not be funded. The same applies for new projects involving companies which are the targets of international sanctions.

On the other hand, restrictive measures will not be applied to individual scientists from, or based in Russia or Belarus, many of whom are opposed to the war. Research Luxembourg will continue to support Russian and Belarussian scientists who openly speak out against this war.

Over the years, many Luxembourg-based researchers have established professional and personal relationships with individual scientists from Russia or Belarus. These relationships should be maintained, where appropriate, since scientists may have an important role to play in re-establishing trust and goodwill between nations, once the war will be over.

Support scientists and researchers fleeing the war

Since the start of the war, Luxembourg research institutions have been offering specific support, assistance and help to students and researchers from Ukraine who are based in Luxembourg.

Research Luxembourg’s members are preparing to temporarily host and provide assistance to scientists fleeing Ukraine. A Task Force, with representatives of all member organisations, has been set up to coordinate the various actions.

Thus, the creation of specific funding is currently under consideration with a fast-track mobility scheme or the option to temporarily integrate researchers benefiting from the Temporary protection status applied at EU level for people who have fled the war in Ukraine, within ongoing FNR-funded research projects.

#ScienceForUkraine

Research Luxembourg has also joined the #ScienceForUkraine initiative that is working to spread information on support opportunities for scholars fleeing Ukraine.

ERA4Ukraine

The European Union, its Member States and Europeans across the continent are mobilised in support of people fleeing the war in Ukraine. This specific initiative wants to support researchers of Ukraine by providing them with an overview of all existing actions at European and national levels.

The ERA4Ukraine portal provides:

Support initiatives in Research Luxembourg institutions

Temporary funding scheme from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)

The FNR earmarks 1 MEUR for grants as add-ons to ongoing approved projects. This measure serves to provide support for researchers who have fled the war in Ukraine. These persons should be employed at Luxembourg public research institutions in ongoing FNR projects for a maximum of 6 months based on requests for additional funding.

More information on eligible funding schemes, target group, application documents and deadlines on FNR website.

Offers for academics and researchers at the University of Luxembourg

University of Luxembourg Support Initiatives for Ukraine website

The University offers doctoral candidates displaced by the war in Ukraine the opportunity to become a “visiting PhD candidate”, to allow them to continue their research in a chosen field, They will be hosted in one of the four doctoral schools of the University and will join a research team under the supervision of a professor.

Fellowships for Guest Researchers /chercheurs libres

Scientists at risk (from technician to professor), displaced by the war in Ukraine and who are under the Temporary Protection status delivered by a EU members state are welcome to join scientific activities at the University of Luxembourg as guest researcher or “chercheur libre”. Under this status, individuals will be able to join a University of Luxembourg research team to work in on-going projects or to pursue, whenever possible, their own research activities under the supervision of a professor of the University of Luxembourg. The chercheur libre may also contribute to teaching at the University of Luxembourg in existing study programmes. Contact: ukraine@uni.lu

Fellowship programme at the University’s Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH):

The Centre has opened four fellowships in the areas of History, Digital Humanities, Design and Software Development for the duration of six months.
Contact: marten.during@uni.lu

Fellowship programme at the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

The faculty makes 25 positions available for the duration of six months in the areas of Education, Humanities, Psychology /Cognitive and Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Geography/Urban Planning/Architecture. Please note that these fellowships are for Doctoral students, PostDocs and professors only, NOT for Bachelor and Master students.
More info here
Contact: ukraine.fhse@uni.lu

Fellowship programme at the SnT:

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg offers ten fellowships to doctoral candidates, post-doctoral candidates, or other researchers who have recently fled Ukraine due to the war. The fellowships are for the duration of six months, with the opportunity to extend. All scientific fields relevant for SnT’s research groups are considered.
More info here
Contact: ukraine.snt@uni.lu

Fellowship programme at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance: 

The faculty makes available research fellowships for Ukrainian researchers and researchers of other nationalities affected by the war and working in the fields of law, economics, management or finance and intending to pursue joint research projects in collaboration with FDEF researchers.
More info here
Contact: ukraine.fdef@uni.lu

Fellowship programme at the University’s Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB): 

The Centre has an opening for a research fellowship in Translational medicine -microbiome/metabolic inflammatory diseases. This is a half-time position (50% FTE) for the duration of six months.
More info here

Offer for researchers at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)

Displaced researchers in the field of Human Sciences (economic, social and spatial sciences).

LISER, represented by Prof. Aline Muller, CEO, is happy to welcome displaced researchers benefiting from the temporary protection status applied at EU level for people who have fled the war in Ukraine, for a period from 3 to 6 months in the field of Human Sciences (economic, social and spatial sciences ).

These funded research stays aim to offer researchers a secure and stimulating research environment to pursue their research work and/or to be associated with ongoing research projects at LISER for the development of their career.
Application details can be found at https://jobs.liser.lu/jobs 
Contact:  recruitment@liser.lu

Fellowships and internships at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH):

Scholarships at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Call for Scholarships in Favour of Doctoral Students from Ukraine 2022

The promotion of research and academic exchange with foreign scholars is a central goal pursued by the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law. As such, in order to assist doctoral candidates from Ukraine further advance their research activity, the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg offers a limited number of scholarships .These scholarships facilitate research stays at the Institute for one to six months during the 2022 calendar year.
Application details can be found at  https://jobs.mpleo.net/en/mpi/00011
Contact: Christiane Göbel: guestprogram@mpi.lu

Knowledge of the conflict

Roundtable on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Ukrainian refugee crisis

On 24 of March 2022, LISER gathered academic scholars, field experts and policymakers to raise awareness and improve understanding of the implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Ukrainian refugee inflows for European economies in general, and Luxembourg in particular.

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