Rescuing threatened scholars
The Scholar Rescue Fund® formalizes an unwavering commitment to academic freedom that the Institute of International Education (IIE) has demonstrated for over 90 years. At the heart of the Fund is the idea that each scholar we help who continues his or her work in safety is a beacon of hope in our world.
Together we can make a difference. One life, one voice, one idea at a time.
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Who do we help?
Established professors, established researchers and public intellectuals from any country, field or discipline may qualify. Applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, the quality/potential of the candidate's work, and the urgency of threats faced.
In 2012, the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund awarded 89 fellowships and provided academic placement and professional development assistance to professors, researchers and public intellectuals from 17 countries. With IIE-SRF support, scholars in a wide range of disciplines were able to continue their work in safety at over 100 colleges, universities and research institutions in 19 countries. In response to the ongoing crisis in Syria in particular, the program awarded fellowships to 14 senior Syrian scholars.
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The Scholar Rescue Fund saves lives. It also saves priceless ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all humanity. The Scholar Rescue Fund is making a difference...one scholar at a time.
Find out how you can contribute to the efforts of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund.