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Science Initiative on Integration

"Scientific knowledge is not limited by national boundaries. The ideas of those from other cultures, religions and nationalities promote creative progress and ultimately enrich us all". The IfL endorses and embraces this statement made in February 2015 by the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany (Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen).

In recognition of their social responsibility to support a cosmopolitan social climate, the presidents of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society have agreed on a joint initiative to facilitate the integration of recognized refugees and persons entitled to asylum into the labor market. The Helmholtz Association joined this initiative in January 2016.

Site Concept of the Leibniz Association for the Free State of Saxony

As part of the Science Initiative Integration, the Leibniz Association has developed a location concept for the Free State of Saxony. A central element is the mentoring model, which brings the refugees into contact with their colleagues at the research institutions in a targeted and stable manner, thus providing them with specialist support and at the same time promoting integration. The sponsorship model is funded by the Free State of Saxony, which adopted a package of measures on March 4, 2016, in which the concept for the integration of refugees was taken into account.


Any refugee is free to apply for an internship or training. You can find all the jobs advertised at the IfL here

Please send your application with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, proof/certificates of previous education(s) or professional experience), if available in German and certified, to: personal(at) Please also inform us whether your application for asylum has already been decided and what your residence status is.