Humanitarian Aid Hub
Our deepest sympathy goes to everyone affected by the ongoing crises in Ukraine and other parts of the world, whether personally, through family and friends, directly or indirectly. We are also aware of personal engagement of many individuals among WU's faculty, staff and students, who have been dedicating their energy, skills and resources to humanitarian relief work. Thank you!
Welcome to Vienna Brochure
Our amazing student volunteers* compiled a guide with useful links and tips for refugees and asylum seekers in Vienna. To the best of our knowledge first of such kind in Austria!
Much of the information is specifically for new arrivals from Ukraine. However, we hope some of the links will also prove useful for individuals who are fleeing persecution and violence in other countries.
Please share with anyone to whom it would be helpful!
*With translation support from Oksana Kotsur, brochure design by Oleh Hebura, and English language proofs from J Stan Fisher.
In addition to bundling support activities at WU, our team has compiled a carefully curated Google spreadsheet table with links to:
Volunteering & donations locally
Job platforms & related
Support through corporate initiatives
Our other activities & useful information
More on selected topics (click to expand):
For students and scholars from Ukraine
Although most of the below information is specifically for students and scholars from Ukraine, we hope that some of the links will also prove useful to academics, who are fleeing persecution and violence in other countries.
Please share a link to this page if you know a student or a fellow researcher who may be in need for help.
Information for Ukrainians and third-country nationals in Austria:
If you are a Ukrainian citizen or hold a different non-EU passport (third country national) but happened to be in Ukraine for working or studying, see this link.
Sending packages home through Austrian post [last updated, May 20, 2022]
Austrian Post offers free shipment to friends/family in Ukraine. Terms and conditions apply. Read more here:
Information for scholars and students:
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities (JESH): https://stipendien.oeaw.ac.at/stipendien/jesh-ukraine [in English] AND Sonderstipendienprogramm Ernst Mach-Ukraine [in English and German]
Information by the Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD): https://studyinaustria.at/en/study/information-for-students-and-researchers-from-ukraine [in English and German]
University of Vienna: https://ukraine.univie.ac.at/en/info-for-researchers/ [in English]
MORE initiative (access to participating universities in Austria for persons with refugee background): https://uniko.ac.at/themen/more/angebot/index.php?lang=EN
Jobs for students and researchers: https://www.studium.at/jobs [mostly in German]
Jobs for students, also outside academia: https://jobs.oehweb.at [mostly in German]
Other job platforms, in Austria and internationally:
Ukraine jobs, Austria: https://www.ukrainejobs.at/
Waa.berlin: https://t.me/waajobs(Germany-based organization with focus on female professionals; their job platform requires Telegram freeware instant messaging service)
EmployUkraine: https://employukraine.org (UK-based charity organization & platform that lists jobs for skilled Ukrainian professionals)
Other EU and global support sites:
Students at Risk, table of suppor organizations provided by SAR: click here to download.
Russia Ukraine War - Resources and Initiatives by Female Founders organization, click here
HRForUkraine: https://hrforukraine.org (Human Resources (HR) Focus; licensed under Attribution 4.0 International)
Gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/s?q=Ukraine (US-based for-profit online fundraising/ crowdfunding platform; includes non-profit & charity projects and currently, support for Ukraine-related initiatives; please check requirements and viability of individual projects)
Same information as above and many additional links, including ways to get involved, are listed in our google spreedsheet table:
[Please note that information may be subject to errors and changes; STaR is not responsible for external links found on our website]
STaR Humanitarian Aid Hub: Purpose
We started working on this initiative (and website pages) in April 2022.
Our hope is to:
Serve as an additional disemmination channel for the efforts that are already being undertaken by the WU rector’s office and various academic and non-academic units
Initiate new aid activities and support existing ones that align with STaR mission at WU (as briefly outlined on our homepage)
This includes efforts to contribute to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 16, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions and SDG 17, Partnerships for Goals
Remain an information hub on humanitarian aid in the long-term future
Continue dedicating our activities, such as STaR Events, to both environmental and social, including human rights, sides of sustainability
Here we post news on how to get engaged, opportunities for Ukrainian job seekers, and other announcements. Along with other STaR-related activities.