EU launches the Science4Refugees initiative

EU launches the Science4Refugees initiative

Since the beginning of 2015, more than 500,000 refugees have come to the European Union.

Besides meeting refugees’ most urgent needs such as accommodation and food, there is a need to help improve their long-term situation, including by helping them to find employment.

The European Commission has launched the Science4Refugees initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs that both improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in Europe’s research system.

Science4Refugees matches talented refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with positions in universities and research institutions that are ‘refugee-welcoming organisations’ and that have suitable positions available, including internships and part-time and full-time jobs.

Science4Refugees is accessible to refugees and institutions through the EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion portal, a pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to find jobs and pursue their research careers in Europe.

For refugees and asylum seekers with a scientific background:

Please sign up and enter your CV information in the EURAXESS portal. Select «Science4Refugees» in the «Personal Preferences» section of your CV in order to declare your interest in an internship or a job under the Science4Refugees initiative.

Further information on personal data protection:

Recruitment through EURAXESS and Science4Refugees is open, transparent and merit-based, and you will compete for employment on the same basis as non-refugee applicants. It is also compulsory to follow national employment law, including rules on residence, visas and work permits, when applying for a job. Participating in Science4Refugees does not mean that these national conditions have been met and that there is entitlement to work in the EU.

Further information:

For institutions:

Request to receive the Science4Refugees logo to use on your website and indicate your institution as refugee-friendly.

When posting an advert in EURAXESS, you will able to indicate that the position offered is promoted as a Science4Refugees position.

Refugees and asylum seekers are asked to apply for a position according to the provisions of national law. You are advised to check national employment rules for asylum seekers first.


Science4Refugees is provided free of charge to employers and to refugees. All hiring and compensation for work performed by the applicant is handled directly between the employee and the employer. Responsibility for job advertisements published on this website lies entirely with the employer. Science4Refugees does not perform any background checks on refugees applying for jobs, nor on employers posting job opportunities. Employers and applicants are encouraged to request reference information from each other as needed to establish qualifications, credentials and overall fit between the employer and the applicant.

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