FENS community resources for scientists and individuals affected by the attack on Ukraine

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) stands in solidarity with the scientific community and all those who are suffering directly or indirectly from the attack on Ukraine. Our membership aims to empower scientists and advance brain research and education across Europe and beyond under the safest and most supportive conditions. Current hostilities are threatening this mission, the welfare of our members and the broader global society. As the voice of European neuroscience, FENS firmly opposes the invasion of Ukraine and expresses its support to our Ukrainian family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, as well as to the scientists and citizens in Russia who courageously oppose this war. We hope that a peaceful resolution can be achieved as rapidly as possible.

In an effort to help the affected scientists, FENS has reached out to the neuroscience community to share resources and opportunities to support those affected by the conflict, presented below. New resources will be added as they become available.

How you can help

If you would like to share any additional resources to be included on this page, contact the FENS office.

Anyone offering job opportunities or placements for affected individuals can freely submit their opportunity on the FENS Job Market. Visit this page to submit an offer.

Download the communication toolkit to spread the word about our initiatives.

You can find other ways to help Ukraine on this page.


Job opportunities and placements on the FENS Job Market

The FENS Job Market is open for any individuals offering job placements or opportunities for affected Ukrainians to post freely. You can consult the current available listings here.


International resources

NEW European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)

ESRS is offering a grant to support displaced Ukrainian researchers.

NEW European Brain Council (EBC)

EBC members have mobilised multiple response efforts, which EBC wants to amplify.

European Society for Neuroscience (ESN)
Two scholarships of up to EUR 9000 for Ukrainian students and postdoctoral fellows to join an ESN member laboratory for 6 months.

European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
Paid positions and short term placements in cancer research labs for displaced cancer researchers from Ukraine.

Science for Ukraine
Academic positions for scientists (PhD student or above), academic transfer opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as temporary housing. Includes a wide range of scientific fields including neuroscience.

The European Union, its Member States and Europeans across the continent are mobilised in support of people fleeing the war in Ukraine. You can find an overview of the most useful information per country.

Support for researchers in cognitive science
Small community of cognitive scientists willing to support researchers with their applications, provide advice and help get in touch with labs.

More international resources for affected scientists
Includes various initiatives and job placements.

List of labs supporting Ukrainian scientists


Resources in France - NEW

Institut Pasteur
Host laboratories for Ukrainian scientists.

Société des Neurosciences
Information and resources for researchers who wish to relocate to France.

French hosting programme for scientists and artists in exile.


Resources in Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation stands for cooperation in an atmosphere of mutual trust, value-driven science diplomacy and freedom of science. Check the information and measures for individuals who are threatened by the war.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaf
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding.

German Federal Environmental Foundation
The German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU) supports young scientists in Central and Eastern Europe in environmental protection and nature conservation, the ongoing DBU Fellowship Program is being expanded. Ukrainian college graduates and PhD students will now receive special support.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD offers assistance for Ukrainian students and scientists.

Institute of Neurobiology
The Institute of Neurobiology can accommodate neuroscientist refugees at different academic levels. Financial support is possible depending on the qualification and match to their projects and work.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative
The Philipp Schwartz Initiative enables universities and research institutions in Germany to host researchers at risk on the basis of a full fellowship.

Volkswagen Foundation
Funding for refugee scholars and scientists from Ukraine from the Volkswagen Foundation.


Resources in Poland

Polish Neuroscience Society
Useful links for scientists from Ukraine regarding programs offering employment, relocation info, job offers and general information in Poland.


Resources in Portugal

Positions for researches available.

Digital Platform “Portugal for Ukraine”
Aims to combine in one place all the Portuguese State actions underway regarding the conflict in Ukraine, in terms of international action, sending humanitarian aid and the integration and hosting of displaced persons in Portugal.

Instituto de Medicina Molecular
Positions available in the Lisbon area.

Ukrainian Embassy in Portugal