Resources to Support Displaced Musicians and Researchers

We are living tWe are living through times of unprecedented change and upheaval that are displacing people across the world. We have compiled a list of resources for how you can both receive, and give, support to these displaced persons. If you’re a displaced person, you can also apply to our Displaced Scholars Membership and Bursary Scheme.

If you have further links to be added to this page, please email administrator@rma.ac.uk.

General Support and Volunteer Services

There is an open-access google doc of current scholarships for displaced scholars which you can access here. This is updated frequently, and lists programmes for scholars of all disciplines and at all stages in their career across the world.

The British Red Cross is a wonderful charity working across the world in conflict zones, and on many charitable initiatives. They are currently taking donations for the conflict in Ukraine through their crisis appeal, which you can find out more about here. They also have an extensive list on how to donate items and goods, how to volunteer, and fundraising and transportation opportunities. You can view the information on how to get involved here.

Care runs urgent aid fund raising campaigns, including one for the current conflict in Ukraine, which you can donate to here.

The Scholars at Risk Networkprotects scholars across the world, supporting them in the right to freedom of thought, questioning, and sharing ideas. They offer support to researchers and scholars of all disciplines in need.

The Scholar Rescue Fund supports fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars worldwide. You can seek help from them, and give them donations to support scholars and researchers across the world.

Artists at Risk supports persecuted art practitioners, facilitating safe passage, and hosting them at artists’ residencies. You can find support as a displaced arts practitioner through their website, including for the current conflict in Ukraine.

The Open Society University Network (OSUN) Threatened Scholars Initiative provides residential and non-residential fellowships, and it currently accepting applications. Any career academic, graduate student, or independent worker or artists can apply.

The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)provides urgent help to academics in immediate danger. You can get support through their website, and donate to them as well.

Ukrainian/Russian Persons Seeking Aid

HM Government has released information on UK Visa support for Ukrainian Nationals, and Immediate benefit support that Ukrainians in the UK can access.

The British Red Cross has also compiled a list of support for refugees from Ukraine in the UK.

The Ukraine Advice Project UK is a group of volunteers providing legal advice for immigration and asylum.

CARA and the British Academy have launched a new Researchers at Risk Fellowship Programme to support Ukrainian researchers at risk. This is large funding allowance to support researchers and their families within UK research institutions. Details will be announced soon through the BA website, and you can email here for more information.

The Art Newspaper has compiled a list of funding, shelter and emergency resources for artists affected by the war. Links to apply for funding and support can be found here.

Art Margins has compiled a list of resources for artists and scholars forced to flee Ukraine, which you can access here.

The Polish Academy of Sciences, and the US National Academy of Sciences are supporting Ukrainian scientists through their Safe Passage Fund. You can find out more through their website, including a list of regularly updated funding opportunities for Ukrainian scholars, researchers and students.

The Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris are organising a fund to support exiled researchers through their PAUSE programme. You can find out more through their website here.

The Royal Historical Society, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, and the Past and Present Society are offering funding for three short-term fellowships to provide a place of academic refuge for Ukrainian Scholars. Details here.

Supporting Ukrainians

#ScienceForUkraine is a community group of volunteer students and researchers collating information about support and opportunities for graduate students and researchers affected by the war.

Buy music from Ukrainian musicians and record labels. This document is being frequently updated, and contains Bandcamp links to Ukrainian artists.

Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) is a group of librarians, archivists, researchers, programmers, and other cultural heritage professionals working together to identify and archive at-risk sites, digital content and data in Ukrainian institutions. You can find out about volunteering here.

Music Saves UA is a project organised by the All-Ukrainian Association of Music Events, and if taking donation to help rescue Ukrainian civilians. You can visit their website here.

The Ukrainian Cultural Association in the UK works to promote and represent Ukrainian artists and creatives. You can donate to them and find other ways to help Ukrainian artists here.

HM Government have launched Homes for Ukraine, which you can register for here.

HelpUkraine.Centre is taking monetary and good donations, and seeking volunteers.

Voice of Children Foundation provides art therapy and psychologists for children affected by war, and are seeking donations.

OutRight Action International are running a fundraising campaign to support LGBTIQ Ukrainians affect by the war.

World Central Kitchen are providing meals for families across Ukraine, as well as countries taking Ukrainian refugees.


Cultures in Harmony brings people together through music, including support for Afghan musicians.


You can also find a list of non-profits and fundraising opportunities compiled here.

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