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A legacy of rescue. A beacon of hope.

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF) formalizes an unwavering commitment that IIE has demonstrated for nearly a century to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting appointments for threatened scholars to continue their work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we help who continues his or her work in safety is a beacon of hope in our world.

Since 2002, IIE-SRF has assisted 681 scholars from 56 countries, placing them at over 350 host partner institutions in 41 countries around the world.

Together we can make a difference. One life, one voice, one idea at a time.


Forum Magazine: Internationalization in a Conflicted World

European Association for International Education  |  April 13, 2016

Featuring an article from IIE-SRF.

Read the report online »

November 28, 2016
Escaping Islamic State group: How a Ball State professor and his family survived
Ball State Daily

The harrowing tale of an IIE-SRF fellow's escape from Mosul in 2014 as it was under the control of the Islamic State.

October 18, 2016
Saving Scholars
NJ Monthly

A look at the experiences of IIE-SRF fellows who are hosted in New Jersey.

December 7, 2016
New Baden-Württemberg Fund for Persecuted Scholars

STUTTGART, GERMANY, December 7, 2016 — In response to a dramatic increase in threats against scholars worldwide, Baden-Württemberg announces a new program to provide fellowships to persecuted scholars and to support their placement at universities within the state of Baden-Württemberg, where they can continue their academic work in freedom and safety. This new program is a multilateral response, set up as a public-private partnership involving the Ministry of Science, Research, and Arts of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, the Max Jarecki Foundation, and the Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education (IIE). 

December 2, 2016
  • IIE-SRF Fellow Describes Escape from Mosul to Indiana
  • In Memoriam: Ruth Gruber
  • IIE-SRF Chairman Honored with Rutgers’ Leadership Award
November 17, 2016
  • Save a Scholar on Giving Tuesday
  • Scholar Spotlight: Iraq
  • Host Country Spotlight: Canada
  • IIE-SRF Selection Committee Results