BRiDGE II (EU funded project)

BRiDGE II (EU funded project)

BRiDGE II – Bridge for Researchers in Danger Going to Europe Step

 BRiDGE II is a project funded under the Horizon 2020 call SwafS-6-2018:

Science4Refugees-Support to highly skilled refugee scientists. BRiDGE II is a two-year
project that started on December 1st, 2018

BRiDGE II gives an all-in-one solution for the localized guidance of
refugee researchers (RRs) in the European Research Area (ERA) and enables the
40 EURAXESS country members in the ERA to identify and utilize the potential of
RRs across Europe.

 BRiDGE II for refugee researchers at a glance

 Support the long-term careers of 300 highly skilled refugee

researchers and their integration into the labour markets of the European Union
member states and its associated countries. It provides high quality guidance,
mentoring and training for refugee researchers, especially postdocs and
professors displaced for more than two years in Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia,
Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.

Procedures and criteria to identify and recruit participants

  • Priority is given to all asylum granted
    researchers in Europe and Horizon2020 eligible countries are eligible to
    participate in the project, and profit especially from the matching with
    academic and non-academic mentors, the trainings, the career development
    measures and the networks, provided that these RR have an affiliation (a
    mentorship, a position, a fellowship, a project collaboration) with a
    research institution, higher education institution, company or other
    relevant entity will be eligible in participating in BRiDGE II. No further
    selection criteria will be applicable.
  • Gender quota will be applied (50/50
    men/women) in mentoring, training, internship and networking measures and
  • All career stages (R1-R4) of refugee
    researchers are eligible, although priority will be given to R3-R4 refugee
  • For the recruitment and identification of
    participants the beneficiaries use their established network in the
    refugee researchers’ community of their countries and collaborate in a
    wide network of experts and NGOs, recruiting refugee researchers in
    network events, through mouth-to-mouth propaganda, excellent and committed
    academic mentors, Science4Refugees, newsletters, mailing-lists, social

Impact of BRiDGE II

  • The project facilitates the efforts of the
    European Union to help RRs settle into their host country of residence and
    prepare RRs for the highly competitive and highly skilled EU job market.
  • The project outcomes will contribute to
    increasing the employability of RRs and their use of the EURAXESS Portal.
    The knowledge and experience to be gained include the methodologies to be
    developed that will enable the future integration of RRs in the European

BRiDGE II Work Plan

 BRiDGE II is structured in 5 interrelated work packages (WP):

  • WP1 Ethics and Data Protection focused on
    Ethics and data protection in line with national and European rules and
    laws on data protection.
  • WP2 Career Planning, Mentoring and
    Building Networks emphasizes the guidance of 300 Refugee Researchers, who
    are already affiliated with higher and research institutions in Europe, on
    their path to a future career in and outside academia.
  • WP3 Career Development Courses and
    Trainings which is the base for the implementation of other WPs, adjusting
    course materials and conducting trainings and materials for the
    integration of RRs in the European job market (in and outside academia),
    by obtaining key career and labour market relevant skills and knowledge;
  • WP4 Dissemination and Outreach with the
    scope to establish a comprehensive, consistent and sustainable
    dissemination strategy for the project which will enhance the impact of
    the co-generated project activities for all target audiences, especially
    for RRs and EURAXESS members.
  • WP5 Project Management and Quality
    Assurance devoted to the coordination, monitoring and reporting on the projects


 The BRiDGE-Step II team consists of experienced members of the

EURAXESS Network and they use their experience and established cooperation to
solve RRs’ cases. Geographical coverage of the project team marks “BRiDGE
for Researchers in Danger Going to Europe − Step II
” including so
called final destination countries and entry countries, a transit, conditional
host and origin country of RRs at the same time



 Experts with advisory role

A broad pool of relevant experts with advisory role is also
consulted in BRiDGE − Step II: