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Apply: $25,000 IIE-SRF Fellowship for 2021

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

Brief Description

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide. These year-long fellowships of $25,000USD support temporary academic positions at institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world where IIE-SRF fellows can continue their work in safety. In most cases, IIE-SRF fellows are eligible to apply for a second and final year of fellowship support.

Since 2002, IIE-SRF has received more than 3,000 requests for assistance from scholars in over 100 countries. We have awarded IIE-SRF fellowships to 901 scholars from 60 countries, placing them at 428 host partner institutions in 50 countries around the world.


Preference is given to scholars who:

  • hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field and have significant teaching and/or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning;

  • have an established record of published research;

  • demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise;

  • are facing or have recently fled from immediate, targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence;

  • will benefit their home and/or host academic communities.


  • Grant of up to US$25,000, along with individual health insurance and relocation funding, to support a visiting academic appointment of up to one year (renewable for a second year).

  • Stipend or other direct benefits that would offset the fellow’s cost of living such as housing, airfare, or health insurance from host institution

  • Fellows traveling internationally to undertake a fellowship appointment receive $5,000 for relocation expenses, while those traveling domestically receive $2,000.


April 5, 2021.

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