The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) selects outstanding professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who are forced to flee their home countries for fellowship support and arranges visiting academic positions with partnering institutions of higher learning and research.
The fellowships enable eligible scholars to pursue their academic work in safety and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community.
If conditions in the scholars’ home countries improve, scholars may return after their fellowships to make meaningful contributions to their national academies and civil society.
If safe return is not possible, scholars may use the fellowship period to identify longer-term opportunities.
Applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, the quality/potential of the applicant’s work, and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces.
Eligible are professors, senior researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, in any academic field or discipline, who:
– are facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence;
– hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field and/or who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning;
– demonstrate superior academic accomplishment and promise; and
– will benefit their home and/or host academic communities.
IIE-SRF encourages applications from women and members of ethnic, racial, cultural, or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their fields.
Applicants who lack valid travel documents may still apply for the IIE-SRF fellowship, although the fund is unable to assist these individuals in leaving their home countries.
IIE-SRF does not grant fellowships to students seeking to continue their studies, including Ph.D. study, or to complete an academic training program.
In addition, IIE-SRF typically does not consider applications from individuals who have been displaced or in exile for more than two years, or who hold citizenship or other permanent status in a second country.
How to Apply
Please carefully review the Instructions for Applicants and download the application form here.
A list of required documents is described on the Instructions for Applicants page.
If you do not have access to email, you may send your materials via fax or post.
Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education
One World Trade Center, 36th Floor
New York, New York 10007