The National Emergency Support Program for Scientists in Exile (PAUSE) 2023-2024

The National Program for the Emergency Support of Scientists in Exile (PAUSE) has launched a new call for applications. The deadline for the call is 30/September/2022.


Who is eligible for the program?

Foreign researchers and artists from all geographical areas (outside the European Union) and disciplines are eligible if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Provide evidence of doctoral student, researcher, research fellow or artist-teacher status in their country of origin;
  • Be in an urgent situation due to the security situation in their country of origin and/or persecution or fear of persecution on account of their ethnicity, religion, political convictions, opinions, sexual orientation, or the content of their research and/or teaching;
  • Be forced to go into exile from their country of origin or have left their country of origin less than three years ago.

Applicants must be 65 years of age or under at the time of application.


If you have identified an applicant who does not meet all of these criteria or who has special circumstances, please contact us :


How much funding is available?

The co-funding allocated depends on:

  • the status and experience of the applicant
  • ththe existence of a social support project by the host institution

Funding levels:

  • up to 20,000 euros for doctoral students and research assistants (category 1).
  • up to 40,000 euros for postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, and research engineers (category 2).
  • up to 60,000 euros for university professors and research supervisors (category 3).

These funding categories do not apply to artist applications. The budget requested by the institution will be reviewed on the basis of the applicant’s experience and the hosting project.


The amount allocated is limited to 60% of the total budget submitted by the institution.


How long does co-funding last?

Your project will be funded for a maximum of one year. We advise you to present a hosting project for a year, or for a minimum of at least six months.

Funding can be renewed once. Your institution will be required to submit an application for renewal. It will be evaluated on the basis of the progress of the research and results.


Funding may be available for a third year for doctoral students enrolled for the first year of their doctorate when their first application was submitted. The application will be evaluated on the basis of the progress of their research and the conclusions of the thesis supervisory committee at the host institution.


At the end of the hosting project, the beneficiary and host institution must submit a review report to the PAUSE program.