Host an Afghan Scholar
IIE’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. Within the first two years of the crisis, IIE-SRF supported 56 Afghan scholars (nearly 80 total fellowships), working with host partners in 9 countries. Take the first step in hosting an IIE-SRF fellow from Afghanistan by completing the IIE-SRF Alliance expression of interest form.
Refer an Afghan Scholar
Refer to IIE-SRF qualified Afghan scholars who are facing threats to their lives or careers (review our eligibility criteria and application instructions here).
The Artist Protection Fund (IIE-APF) was established in 2015 to formalize IIE’s unwavering commitment to protecting the lives, voices, and ideas of threatened artists and to establish a sustainable mechanism for doing so. IIE-APF is uniquely positioned to protect threatened artists by placing them at welcoming institutions in safe countries for a full year, during which they can continue their work and plan for their futures.
IIE’s Odyssey Scholarship
This signature IIE initiative launched in early 2021 and awarded full scholarships to 22 refugees and displaced Afghan students to begin or continue their studies in the U.S., Bangladesh, Canada, Mexico, and Vietnam. The scholarship covers tuition, housing, and living expenses for students pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees.
Qatar Scholarship for Afghans Project
To date, more than forty-five U.S. colleges and universities have opened their doors to a total of 100 Qatar Scholarship for Afghans Project (QSAP) students, with women comprised 50% of awardees. QSAP provides full scholarships for Afghan refugee students to continue their education at U.S. colleges and universities. The largest single-country scholarship has pledged to support 250 displaced students in higher education, QSAP is made possible by the Afghan Future Fund (AFF), Education Above All Foundation (EAA), Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD), Yalda Hakim Foundation (YHF), and Schmidt Futures.
Partner organization resources available to Afghan students, scholars, and artists are as follows:
- Article 26 Backpack™ – A digital backpack to store academic information and documents for safekeeping.
- Priority 2 (P-2) designation – P-2 designation grants U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members
- UNHCR Information for Support in Afghanistan