Institute of International Education Scholarships

Type: Fellowship

Who: rofessors, senior researchers, and public intellectuals from any country

What: Fellowship with partnering institutions of higher learning and research.

When: 2022-2023

Where: IIE partner institutions of higher learning and research

Program Length: 1 year

Deadline to Apply: Open

Citizenship: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Destination Countries: All Countries

Academic Subject(s): All Subjects

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) selects outstanding professors, researchers, and public intellectuals for fellowship support and arranges visiting academic positions with partnering institutions of higher learning and research.
The fellowships enable 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.
Deadline: Open
Eligible are professors, senior researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, 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;
– 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.
Applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, the quality/potential of the applicant’s work, and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces.
How to Apply
Download the application form here.
Prepare the following documents:
– Application cover sheet
– Current CV or resume.
– Academic statement. Please provide a thorough statement detailing your academic and professional background and experience, including a thorough description of your academic research interests. Be sure to include a description of the activities that you have undertaken in your academic positions as well as an explanation of the activities (research, teaching, publishing, etc.) you would undertake during a fellowship. Academic statements are generally a minimum of one page.
– Personal statement. Please provide a thorough statement explaining why you are applying to IIE-SRF for support. Include a clear and detailed account of the threats or risks that you have been facing, and the reasons that you cannot continue your work in your home country at this time. Please note that personal statements are generally a minimum of one page.
– Two (2) academic / professional letters of reference from academic and/or professional colleagues who can speak to your research, publications, teaching, or other advanced academic experience. When appropriate, letters should describe your unique expertise and/or contributions to specific intellectual issues / questions.
– Two (2) personal letters of reference from colleagues or persons who are aware of the difficulties that you have been facing as well as your professional background.
[IIE-SRF requires a minimum of three (3) reference letters. (Four are generally recommended.) Letters from colleagues both inside and outside of your home country are preferred. Please note that IIE-SRF requires original reference letters. Letters should not use identical text. Each referee should speak to his/her particular knowledge of your academic background and/or circumstances. When possible, please have your referees compose their letters on official letterhead and send them to IIE-SRF directly at [email protected].]– A copy of your Ph.D. or higher degree diploma
– Samples of your most current writing or research publications.
– A letter from an accredited institution of higher learning that may be able to host your fellowship. This is not a requirement.
– Submit all application materials via email (preferred), fax, or post.
Letters may be addressed to:
Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017-3580
Tel: (USA) +1-212-205-6486
Fax: (USA) +1-212-205-6425
E-mail: [email protected]

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