Academy in Exile

The starting point for founding the Academy in exile was the ongoing process of forced emigration of scholars from Turkey. Against the background of the criminalization of civic engagement and dissent in Turkey, more and more scholars working for peace and democracy had to flee the country and look for ways to continue their work abroad. To sustain the production and protection of knowledge in exile, the Institute of Turkish Studies of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (KWI) and the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin (Forum) have founded the Academy. The Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Volkswagen Foundation and UDE provided the start-up funding. The Institute of International Education-Scholar Rescue Fund and the Freudenberg Foundation granted further funding. Since early 2019, Academy in Exile hosts a new cohort of scholars at the Freie Universität Berlin with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Academy is chaired by a council representing the participating partner institutes. Contacts at the KWI are Volker Heins and Egemen Özbek. The Council of the Academy is responsible for setting the research agenda with the fellows and coordinating the selection of fellows. Meanwhile, the Academy plans to go beyond Turkey and to provide fellowships to scholars from other countries (for example Hungary) where academic freedom is under attack.

For more information you can also visit the official website of “Academy in Exile”.


Currently, Academy in Exile offers eight 24-month fellowships in the Critical Thinking Program at Freie Universität Berlin. Please find the complete call here.