Slide 3
Slide 2
Slide 1


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.

IIE-SRF announces a January 9th deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. Please visit our pages detailing eligibility and applications requirements for more information on how to apply.


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 »

January 6, 2017
Syrian U of S Professor Finds Safety for Family in Saskatoon

After an arduous two years of violence and uncertainty, Dr. Rana Mustafa, a Syrian specialist in food science and IIE-SRF fellow, has found safety and an academic home in Saskatoon, Canada. CBC News highlighted the journey of Dr. Mustafa and her family that led them to the city that she now calls her second home. 

December 8, 2016
Lifeline for refugee scholars
Science Magazine

The global refugee crisis now stands at 65 million forcibly displaced people, according to the United Nations. Could the world ever have imagined a number exceeding that produced by the Nazis and World War II? The conflict over Syria alone, raging since 2011, has so far resulted in more than 11 million refugees and internally displaced persons. Over the past year, international summits have convened to address this global crisis, including the United Nations Summit in September. There is a growing view that the world must recognize these individuals not as part of a temporary emergency, but as a long-term challenge, and one where higher education can play a major role.

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). 

January 5, 2017
  • CBC News on Syrian Professor in Saskatoon
  • IIE-SRF Applications Due January 9
  • "Scholars Breaking Boundaries": Iraq
December 15, 2016
  • Science Op-Ed by Allan Goodman
  • Updates on IIE-SRF Partnerships in Germany
  • Call for IIE-SRF Applications