Updated: Mar 15, 2021
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