Applications are open for the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) 2022. The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges, funds, and supports 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.
Since 2002, IIE-SRF has received more than 3,000 requests for assistance from scholars in over 100 countries. They have awarded IIE-SRF fellowships to 984 scholars from 60 countries, placing them at 449 host partner institutions in 51 countries around the world.
The IIE-SRF fellowship package includes the following:
- A yearlong research and/or teaching appointment at a higher education institution in a safe location anywhere in the world;
- A fellowship grant of up to $25,000 (most awards are eligible for renewal for a second and final year);
- Individual health insurance coverage;
- Funding for relocation to the host institution;
- Professional development support through resource guides and access to academic networks; CV and cover letter review; letters of reference; career mentorship and advising on post-fellowship opportunities; and (in some cases) financial support for conference attendance and language training;
- Opportunities through IIE-SRF or partner events, media, or other venues to share or promote the fellow’s academic work and/or speak about their home country;
- Dedicated support from IIE-SRF and its partners – before, during, and after the fellowship.
- Open to professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats and cannot continue their work in their home countries.
- Scholars from any country and in any academic field or discipline may qualify.
Preference is given to scholars who:
- hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field and have significant teaching and/or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning;
- have an established record of published research;
- demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise;
- are facing or have recently fled from immediate, targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence;
- will benefit their home and/or host academic communities.
Applicants are assessed based on academic qualifications and experience, the quality and/or potential of their work, and the urgency of the threats that they face.
The required application materials include:
- Application Form
- Current CV or resume
- Academic statement
- Personal statement
- Reference letters
- A copy of your Ph.D. or highest degree
- Samples of your most current research publications
- If you have already secured a commitment from a university or other institution to host your fellowship, please provide a letter from the host indicating their intent to host, if you are awarded. Please note that this is not a requirement.
Submit all application materials via email to [email protected]. If you do not have access to email, you may send your materials via fax or post.
Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education
One World Trade Center, 36th Floor
New York, New York 10007