The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) 2019/2020 for Threatened Scholars worldwide

Application Deadline: July 1st 2019

The IIE-SRF fellowship provides financial support, professional development assistance, and resources to help fellows transition (often with their families) to their host institution environments. IIE-SRF works with fellows to identify suitable host institutions in safe locations, emphasizing, when possible, that they join institutions in their home regions either in the immediate or long-term.

After a suitable host institution is secured, IIE-SRF assists with the scholar’s relocation to the host country, including assisting with visa issues, travel, and arrival. Additional support services provided, often in coordination with the host campus and/or volunteer agencies may include: emergency funds; health insurance; free English language courses; funding for conference and lecture attendance; academic mentoring; and resource guides. To the extent possible, IIE-SRF also works with fellows to help them continue their academic pursuits after the fellowship period.


The IIE-SRF fellowship award includes a grant of up to US$25,000, along with individual health insurance, to support a visiting academic appointment of up to one year (renewable for a second year). The final fellowship amount is dependent upon several factors, including the location of the host institution, the cost of living, and the value of any additional contributions from the host institution of other source(s).

Eligibility Criteria

Professors, senior researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, academic field, or discipline may qualify. Applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, the quality/potential of the applicant’s work, and the severity of the threats that the applicant faces. 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IIE-SRF 2019/2020 for Threatened Scholars


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