European Consortium

The InSPIREurope initiative was launched in 2019 by ten partner organizations, including the PAUSE program, to support at-risk researchers. This European alliance is coordinated by Scholars at Risk Europe at Maynooth University in Ireland. It is funded by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

At a time when a record number of at-risk researchers are turning to Europe for help, no country, government, NGO or company is able to rise to the challenge. The ambitious and coordinated InSPIREurope approach provides this support.


InSPIREurope aspires to:

  • promote good European support measures for at-risk researchers;
  • encourage the development of new support initiatives, particularly in central, southern and eastern Europe;
  • facilitate greater coordination and peer-learning between research and innovation initiatives in Europe;
  • make practical recommendations on sustaining support over the long term.


The ten founding project partners are:

InSPIREurope also receives support from the following associate partners and international partners:

InSPIREurope forum

By organizing forums, InSPIREurope aims to build bridges between academia and the non-academic sector to facilitate the integration of at-risk researchers.

The inaugural InSPIREurope forum was organized by the PAUSE program with support from SAR Europe on June 8, 2020. To access videos and a round-up of the forum, go to the website of Scholars At Risk Europe, which is the project coordinator.


The InSPIREurope project organizes a series of webinars in English for at-risk researchers and also potential employers and host institutions in Europe. They are aimed at at-risk researchers in their countries of origin who are seeking refuge or who have recently sought refuge in Europe. Registration is free and open to all.

We publish the dates of forthcoming seminars in the NEWS section of our website.
To view past webinars, go to
Scholars At Risk Europe website.


Inspireurope Recommendations: Expanding Opportunities in Europe for Researchers at Risk.

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Researchers at Risk: National-Level Actions in Europe.

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The PAUSE program has forged links with several European and international programs working on behalf of researchers and artists in exile.

The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)

Cara was founded in 1933 by British scientists and intellectuals in response to Hitler’s decision to expel hundreds of researchers from German universities due to their ethnicity or political convictions. Today, Cara helps at-risk academics forced into exile, and those who decide to stay in their country of origin despite the risks involved. Cara also supports higher education institutions whose activities are at risk or compromised.

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF)

Since 1922, the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund has been supporting the hosting of professors, researchers and intellectuals whose lives and careers are threatened in their countries of origin. One-year scholarships, which can be renewed, enable them to be hosted and to pursue their research in higher education and research institutions internationally.

Philipp Schwartz initiative of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Launched in 2016, the Philipp Schwartz Initiative was created by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This fund enables German universities and research institutions to host at-risk foreign researchers for a period of 24 months by offering research scholarships. Co-funding is also available so that institutions can extend this hosting after the first two years.

Scholars at Risk (SAR)

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals founded in 1999. Its objective is to protect scholars and uphold academic freedoms. This organization facilitates hosting for scholars at risk by universities and higher education and research institution partners worldwide. Scholars at Risk has national sections in many countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Canada, etc.).

Artist Protection Fund – Institute of International Education

Established in 2015, the Artist Protection Fund supports artists at risk through artistic residencies at the program's partner institutions. Artists from all countries and artistic disciplines are eligible. Applications are considered on the basis of artistic merit, the quality and potential of the applicants' work, and the severity of the threats they face.

Our non-profit sector

In order to assist PAUSE program beneficiaries when they arrive in France and to facilitate their integration, we have formed partnerships with non-profit associations specializing in providing support for researchers and artists in situation of migration.


Coordinated by the French Conference of University Presidents (CPU) since 2009, this French network became a non-profit association in January 2013.

The non-profit association EURAXESS France has 39 members, comprising institutions hosting EURAXESS centers (COMUE, universities, non-profit associations, foundations) and partner non-profit associations represented by its bodies.

With 42 centres nationwide offering full geographical coverage, the EURAXESS France network has approximately one hundred people working daily on behalf of doctoral researchers and foreign researchers.

Find your nearest EURAXESS center if you require personalized assistance.

Association Bernard Gregory

Founded in 1980, the L’Association Bernard Gregory (ABG) works to support the professional development of doctorate holders, the innovative capabilities of businesses, and to promote skills acquired through research activity.

Through a wide array of initiatives, the ABG:

  • promotes closer ties between the economic world and academia;
  • facilitates professional mobility for doctorate holders;
  • helps businesses with recruitment;
  • supports higher education institutions.

The ABG is supported by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research, CNRS, and public and private stakeholders.

In partnership with the non-profit association Action Emploi Réfugiés, the ABG develops and facilitates training courses focusing on the transition of PAUSE program participants into employment. These sessions are organized twice a year.

Action Emploi Réfugiés

Action Emploi Réfugiés is the main referral service connecting employers with refugees in France. Launched in early 2016, this non-profit association, which helps to integrate refugees through employment, relies on support from a number institutional and voluntary sector partners, and mobilizes and liaises with businesses looking for employees.

In addition to its website, Action Emploi Réfugiés supports refugees at its centres in Paris and Bordeaux, through workshops set up by HR volunteers.

In partnership with the Association Bernard Gregory, it develops and facilitates training courses focusing on the professional integration of PAUSE program participants. These sessions are organized twice a year.

For more information, see our page on support with career development.

Parcours d'exil

The non-profit organization Parcours d’Exil specializes in providing therapeutic support for victims of state torture and persecution and for staff involved in hosting people in exile. It runs treatment centres, notably in Paris. Every year, over 600 men, women and children who have experienced serious human rights breaches receive free medical and psychological treatment there.

Given the often invisible physical and psychological suffering caused by the exile experiences of beneficiaries supported, for the last two years, the PAUSE program has been offering sessions to raise awareness of psycho-social problems associated with exile. These two-day courses delivered at the Collège de France are facilitated by Parcours d’Exil.

The aim of the workshops is to equip staff in host institutions who are in direct contact with program beneficiaries with the right tools to initiate more effective intervention strategies to identify cases of psychological trauma.

By enabling institutions to better understand and manage the issues associated with program beneficiaries’ traumas, this training contributes directly to the wellbeing of trauma victims by providing access to the most appropriate support system.