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All the raised money will be donated to the UAF, the Foundation for Refugee Students.

Scholars at Risk: protecting academic freedom

In too many countries, those seeking power and control are working to limit access to information and new ideas by targeting scholars, restricting academic freedom and repressing research, publication and learning. Everyday scholars are threatened and killed. Colleges and universities are pressured and shut down.

That is why the raised money from the Leiden Science Run 2019 is going to Scholars at Risk, the UAF program that offers threatened scientists a temporary opportunity to continue their research in a safe academic environment.

If the situation in the country of origin is safe, the scientists will return. If the return is not an option, the UAF will look with the scientists for alternative options for continuing work abroad. The UAF currently supervises 30 scientists, of which most are from Syria and Turkey. Three scientists are working at Leiden University.

Read more about the project on www.uaf.nl/scholars.

Foundation for Refugee Students UAF

The UAF supports and counsels highly skilled refugees. It offers financial support for their study and councels them about study choices and career opportunities. Since 1948 the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF) supports and counsels highly skilled refugees in the Netherlands. We help them with their study and finding suitable employment.

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