SRF Decade Report

What does the Scholar Rescue Fund do?

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF) formalizes an unwavering commitment that IIE has demonstrated for over 90 years to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe.  IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting appointments for threatened scholars to continue their work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we help who continues his or her work in safety is a beacon of hope in our world.

Since 2002, IIE-SRF has assisted over 570 scholars from 50 countries, placing them at more than 300 host partner institutions in 40 countries around the world. This includes 276 Iraqi scholars awarded fellowships under the IIE-SRF Iraq Project.

Together we can make a difference. One life, one voice, one idea at a time.

Learn more about the Scholar Rescue Fund

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 2013, the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund awarded 82 fellowships and provided academic placement and professional development assistance to professors, researchers and public intellectuals from 13 countries. With IIE-SRF support, scholars in a wide range of disciplines were able to continue their work in safety at over 70 colleges, universities and research institutions in 13 countries. In response to the ongoing crisis in Syria in particular, the program awarded fellowships to 28 senior Syrian scholars making a total of 37 threatened Syrian scholars supported by IIE-SRF.

Learn more about eligibility requirements

How can I help?

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 scholar at a time.

Find out how you can contribute to the efforts of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund.


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