IIE-SRF Closes Year With 500 Host Partner Institutions

The Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) Reached the Milestone This December

New York, January 3, 2024 — A record high of 500 host institutions have partnered with the IIE–Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), providing safe academic havens and integrating threatened and displaced scholars into their communities. Located in 56 countries, IIE-SRF host partners make a tangible contribution to the preservation of the lives, careers, and voices of threatened scholars around the globe. Nearly one-third of all fellows have been hosted within their home region.

New host institutions in Austria, Belgium, Indonesia, and the Netherlands helped IIE-SRF reach the momentous milestone on December 1. They are Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium; University of Mataram, Indonesia; University of Vienna, Austria; and Utrecht University, Netherlands.

“Science has no boundaries, which is why the commitment to threatened and displaced scholars is particularly important. The University of Vienna is therefore pleased to be able to make a contribution by hosting an IIE-SRF fellow,” said Dr. Thomas Götz, IIE-SRF supervisor and member of the University of Vienna’s Faculty of Psychology.

After 100 years of assisting academics under threat for their important work, IIE created the Scholar Rescue Fund in 2002. IIE-SRF was established to ensure that emergency support and academic opportunities are always available to academics whenever and wherever they may be in danger. Nearly 25 years later, it is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide, including inside their home regions. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we support is a beacon of hope in our world.

Learn more about the Scholar Rescue Fund.

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