The Beacon Newsletter

The Beacon is the email newsletter of the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) which features news items about innovative program initiatives and the academic achievements of rescued scholars. The newsletter also includes messages from IIE-SRF partners on why they have committed their essential resources, time, expertise, wisdom, and funding, to the mission of rescuing threatened scholars and national academies.

Subscribe to The Beacon

Previous Editions:

Monday, July 27, 2020

IIE-SRF establishes the Emmy Noether Chair to support outstanding women scholars facing threats to their lives and careers
GCPEA releases Education Under Attack 2020 report
Three first-time host institutions welcomed IIE-SRF fellows in spring 2020
IIE-SRF alumnus and professor Sufian Zhemukhov of Russia moonlights as a comedic storyteller

Read full issue »


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

IIE scholar rescue past and present: Supporting champions of human rights and social justice
SRF awards fellowships to 11 new scholars from 3 countries
Help support scholars in need with a gift to IIE-SRF

Read full issue »


Thursday, May 21, 2020

From the IIE scholar rescue archives: Nobel Prize recipient and physicist Felix Bloch
Remembering scholar, playwright, and IIE-SRF alumnus Riad Ismat
Fresh food in the desert: Alumnus Dr. Moaed Al Meselmani of Syria leads innovative agricultural project
Five fellows and alumni accept post-fellowship positions 

Read full issue »


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Threatened scholars supported by IIE make invaluable contributions to medicine and public health
Microbiologist Fathiah Zakham of Yemen honored with award for women scientists in the developing world
IIE-SRF Selection Committee awards fellowships to 13 new scholars from 6 countries
Four first-time host institutions welcomed IIE-SRF fellows in winter 2019 

Read full issue »


Monday, March 16, 2020

IIE marks the 100th anniversary of its first scholar rescue effort

Read full issue »


Thursday, February 13, 2020

IIE-SRF responds to rise in applications from Cameroon
Q&A with IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) editor Barbara Jasny
Seven fellows and alumni accept post-fellowship positions 

Read full issue »


Thursday, January 23, 2020

2019 Year in Review

Read full issue »


Thursday, December 19, 2019

New partnership with the Middle East Studies Association's Global Academy
Q&A with IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) advisors: Florence Chaverneff and Sloka Iyengar
Fellow from Manipur, India featured in IIE's centennial video
Four first-time host institutions welcomed IIE-SRF fellows in fall 2019 

Read full issue »


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Scholars Breaking Boundaries: Dr. Mohammed Muharram of Yemen
Alumnus Alfred Brownell of Liberia delivers keynote address at AAAS Science, Technology and Human Rights Conference
Seven fellows and alumni accept post-fellowship positions

Read full issue » 


Thursday, October 24, 2019


IIE-SRF and Philadelphia University in Jordan celebrate 10+ years of partnership
Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) partners support scholars' career advancement and professional development
Eight first-time host institutions welcomed IIE-SRF fellows in Summer 2019

Read full issue » 


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fall semester issue
IIE-SRF Selection Committee awards fellowships to 12 new scholars from 6 countries

Read full issue » 


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Q&A with IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement advisor: Dr. Muhammad Zaman, Boston University
IIE-SRF alumni survey reveals scholars' global impact after fellowship

Read full issue » 


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dr. Barakatullo Ashurov of Tajikistan named this year's IIE-SRF Beau Biden Scholar

Read full issue » 


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Q&A with Host Partner Dr. Jason Hecht, Cornell University
Nature article features IIE-SRF Fellow from Yemen
IIE-SRF Chairman named Chair of Rutgers Board of Governors
IIE-SRF Selection Committee approves 14 new scholars from 9 countries

Read full issue »


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Alumnus Alfred Brownell from Liberia wins 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize
The Globe and Mail on IIE-SRF Scholars and Hosts in Canada
IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement News

Read full issue »


Monday, April 22, 2019

Studying Sogdiana from Tajikistan to Harvard
AACRAO report, "Scholar Perspectives" by Dr. Chelsea Blackburn Cohen and James R. King
Science Magazine: "AAAS connects human rights groups with science experts"
IIE-SRF On the Road: Germany 

Read full issue »


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Dr. Fathiah Zakham of Yemen: “Supporting female scientists in Yemen
"Treasures of New York": Institute of International Education"
IIE-SRF Selection Committee Awards Fellowships to 14 New Scholars

Read full issue»


February 25, 2019

Scholars Breaking Boundaries: Dr. Rahim Surkhi of Iran
Syrian Alumnus Publishes Book on Art and Politics during the Arab Spring
IIE's Allan Goodman on Legacy of Scholar Rescue

Read full issue »


January 24, 2019

2018 Year in Review

Read full issue »


December 20, 2018

Scholars Breaking Boundaries: Dr. Laura Margarita Febres of Venezuela
Alumnus Hilal S. Wahab Receives Scientific Excellence Medal from Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
IIE-SRF Selection Committee Awards Fellowships to 16 New Scholars

Read full issue »


November 14, 2018

International Education Week 2018
Fellowship Outcomes in 2018
FAO's newest expert: Dr. Ahmad Sadiddin of Syria
Deutsches Haus honors IIE-SRF Chairman Emeritus Dr. Henry G. Jarecki

Read full issue »


October 18, 2018

Dr. Amal Alachkar of Syria: 2018 IIE Global Changemaker
Alfred Brownell of Liberia: Inaugural Occupant of the IIE-SRF Beau Biden Chair

Read full issue »


October 10, 2018

IIE-SRF receives State Department grant for Iraq Distance Learning Initiative
Dr. Amal Alachkar: 2018 IIE Global Changemaker
IIE-SRF On the Road: Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, and France

Read full issue »


October 2, 2018

IIE and Finland’s EDUFI Expand Partnership to Support Academics, Artists, and University Students from Conflict Regions

Read full issue »


September 12, 2018

Fall Semester Issue
IIE-SRF Selection Committee Awards Fellowships to 16 New Scholars from 9 Countries

Read full issue »


August 15, 2018

From Yemen to Italy: Scholar Finds Safe Haven for Nuclear Physics Research
TWAS Publishes In Flight from War: The Journey of At-Risk Scientists, ft. article by IIE-SRF Assistant Director
RSVP: The New University in Exile Consortium – September 6th at The New School
University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM) Launches at Rutgers University

Read full issue »


July 23, 2018

Alumnus Wins Honorable Mention for the 2018 Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies
Fellow Mustafa Bahran of Yemen on Universities' Responsibility to Support Displaced Scholars, at AAAS Symposium
IIE-SRF On the Road: Trieste, Italy – TWAS Hosts "Science International" Working Group

Read full issue »


June 14, 2018

Scholars Breaking Boundaries: Dr. Ismael Ibraheem of Syria
IIE-SRF Selection Committee Awards Fellowships to 12 Scholars
University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants to Launch in July
Alumnus from Zimbabwe Receives Ph.D. from George Mason University

Read full issue »


May 23, 2018

Iraqi Scholars in the Diaspora Deliver University Courses in Iraq through New IIE-SRF Initiative

Read full issue »


May 17, 2018

'Education under Attack 2018' Report Launches at IIE
IIE Recognized by Portuguese Government for Work with Displaced Students and Scholars
IIE PEER Expands Higher Education Opportunities for Displaced Students Worldwide
Fellow Sreang Heng Writes from Harvard about Justice in Cambodia

Read full issue »


April 26, 2018

Alumna Calls for International Community to Involve Syrian Faculty in Support Programming for Displaced Students

Read full issue »


April 12, 2018

Physics Today spotlights four IIE-SRF scientists
Thank you to the first-time host institutions of Winter 2018
Selection Committee awards fellowships to new scholars from six countries
“Science in Exile” documentary premieres at IIE-SRF Forum

Read full issue »


March 29, 2018

IIE-SRF Hosts Third Forum on Partnerships in Support of Threatened and Displaced Scholars

Read full issue »


January 23, 2018

IIE-SRF: 2017 in Review

Read full issue »



December 14, 2017

"After IIE-SRF": Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Al Saidi of Iraq
Thank you to the first-time host institutions of Fall 2017
Selection Committee awards fellowships to new scholars from six countries
IIE-SRF scholars in the media

Read full issue »


November 22, 2017

IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman writes on IIE delegation to Jordan
TWAS releases trailer for "Science in Exile"
IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox published in UNESCO Courier
IIE-SRF on the road from Chicago to the Dead Sea

Read full issue »


November 10, 2017

IIE leads delegation to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, host of the second most IIE-SRF scholars since 2002

Read full issue »


November 3, 2017

Save the Date: IIE-SRF Forum will be held on March 9, 2018

Read full issue »


October 19, 2017

IIE-SRF Alumna from Syria Presented with 2017 IIE Global Changemaker Award

Read full issue »


October 13, 2017

IIE-SRF Fellows from Syria and Yemen interviewed on French and Malaysian radio
Save the date: IIE-SRF Forum March 9, 2018
Alumnus from Bangladesh publishes new book on international law
Scholars at Risk releases annual report on academic freedom 

Read full issue »


October 9, 2017

"Science, Interrupted": Discover Magazine Features IIE-SRF Scholars from Iraq, Syria, and Yemen

Read full issue »


September 22, 2017

Harvard's unwavering support for threatened scholars
IIE-SRF Selection Committee awards fellowships to 15 new scholars
Alumna from Syria to receive IIE Global Changemaker Award at annual gala
Molecular Psychiatry journal publishes work of alumna from Syria

Read full issue »


September 14, 2017

50 IIE-SRF Fellows Begin the New Semester at Host Partners in 14 Countries

Read full issue »


August 17, 2017

Scholars Breaking Boundaries: Dr. Housamedden Darwish of Syria
Cornell provides refuge for scholars under threat
IIE-SRF welcomes new host institutions for Summer 2017
Alumna from Syria to be honored at IIE Gala

Read full issue »


July 14, 2017

Liberian scholar brings his legal expertise to Northeastern University
IIE-SRF alumnus presents at a neuroscience symposium in Spain
Allan Goodman, IIE President and CEO, receives award from IAUP
IIE-SRF scholar brings Syrian culture to Saskatoon, Canada

Read full issue »


Read more previous editions