Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Program for Threathened Scholars 2019/2020 (Up to $25,000)

Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Program for Threathened Scholars 2019/2020 (Up to $25,000)

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Applications are open for the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Program for Threathened Scholars 2019/2020. The IIE-SRF is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.

These year-long fellowships support temporary academic positions at institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world where IIE-SRF fellows can continue their work in safety. In most cases, IIE-SRF fellows are eligible to apply for a second and final year of fellowship support.


  • Up to $25,000USD available to support selected Fellow


  • Professors, senior researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, academic field, or discipline may qualify;
  • Preference is given to scholars who:
    • Are facing or have recently fled from immediate, severe, and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence;
    • Hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field and/or who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning;
    • Demonstrate superior academic accomplishment and promise;
    • Will benefit their home and/or host academic communities.
  • They encourage applications from women and members of ethnic, racial, cultural, or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their fields.

Selection Criteria

  • Applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, the quality/potential of the applicant’s work, and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces.


Applicants may apply directly or may have a third party submit application materials on their behalf. The required application materials include:

  • Application coversheet
  • Current CV or resume
  • Academic statement: Please provide a thorough statement detailing your academic and professional background and experience, including a thorough description of your academic research interests. Please be sure to include a description of the activities that you have undertaken in your academic positions as well as an explanation of the activities (research, teaching, publishing, etc.) you would undertake during a fellowship. Please note that academic statements are generally a minimum of one page.
  • Personal statement: Please provide a thorough statement explaining why you are applying to IIE-SRF for support. Include a clear and detailed account of the threats or risks that you have been facing, and the reasons that you cannot continue your work in your home country at this time. Please note that personal statements are generally a minimum of one page.
  • Two (2) academic/professional letters of reference from academic and/or professional colleagues who can speak to your research, publications, teaching, or other advanced academic experience. When appropriate, letters should describe your unique expertise and/or contributions to specific intellectual issues/questions.
  • Two (2) personal letters of reference from persons who are aware of the difficulties that you have been facing as well as your professional background.
    [IIE-SRF requires a minimum of three (3) reference letters. (Four are generally recommended.) Letters from colleagues both inside and outside of your home country are preferred. Please note that IIE-SRF requires original reference letters. Letters should not use identical text. Each referee should speak to his/her particular knowledge of your academic background and/or circumstances. When possible, please have your referees compose their letters on official letterhead and send them to IIE-SRF directly at [email protected]]
  • A copy of your Ph.D. or higher degree
  • Samples of your most current writing or research publications
  • A letter from an accredited institution of higher learning that may be able to host your fellowship (Not required)

Please submit all application materials via email (preferred), fax, or post.

Letters may be addressed to:

Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017-3580

Tel: (USA) +1-212-205-6486
Fax: (USA) +1-212-205-6425
E-mail: [email protected]

For more information, visit IIE-SRF Fellowships.