The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) 2021/2022 for Threatened Scholars worldwide

Application Deadline: April 5th 2021

The Institute of International Education’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. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we support is a beacon of hope in our world.

Building upon IIE’s century-long legacy of assisting students and scholars under threat, IIE-SRF has since 2002 supported 891 scholars from 60 countries in partnership with 427 host institutions in 50 countries.

Eligibility Criteria

IIE-SRF accepts applications from 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. 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.

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.

We encourage applications from women and members of ethnic, racial, cultural, or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their fields.

Unfortunately, IIE-SRF typically cannot consider applications from individuals who:

  • are seeking to continue their studies, including Ph.D. study, or to complete an academic training program;
  • have been displaced or have resided outside their home countries for more than two years;
  • hold citizenship or permanent residency in a safe second country;
  • will have completed two years on a comparable fellowship or other program for threatened scholars.

Because of high demand for assistance, IIE-SRF is not able to grant fellowship support to all applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Please direct any inquiries regarding eligibility to [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IIE-SRF 2021/2022 for Threatened Scholars


  1. […] Le Fonds de sauvetage des boursiers de l’Institute of International Education (IIE-SRF) est le seul programme mondial qui organise et finance des bourses pour des universitaires menacés et déplacés dans des établissements d’enseignement supérieur partenaires du monde entier. Au cœur de l’IIE-SRF se trouve l’idée que chaque chercheur que nous soutenons est une lueur d’espoir dans notre monde. […]


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