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 nearly 750 scholars from 58 countries, placing them at more than 375 host partner institutions in 43 countries around the world.

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

PAUSE: Call for Application to Host Scientists at Risk

The Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil (PAUSE) opened its fifth round of applications for French higher education institutions and public research organizations to apply for funding to host scientists at risk. Interested host institutions should submit their application materials by April 29, 2018.


Refugee Scientists: Quiet Pioneers Dedicated to Discovery

UNESCO Courier | October 2017


The latest issue of UNESCO's Courier features an article by IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox.

Read the report online »

April 10, 2018
"Why Every University Should Take in Refugee Students and Scholars": Interview with IIE's Allan Goodman and Katherine Miller
Refugees Deeply

In an interview with Refugees Deeply, IIE's President & CEO Allan Goodman and IIE-PEER's Katherine Miller speak about current projects that aim either to help more refugee students access higher education or protect refugee scholars. Their conversation links major challenges such as documentation, funding, and language support for refugee students and scholars alike, particularly in relation to the Syrian refugee crisis.

April 4, 2018
Displaced Scientists Strive to Restart Professional Lives in New Lands
Physics Today

For four displaced scientists from Syria and Yemen, IIE-SRF fellowships were a means to ensuring their security and restarting their careers. A new publication in Physics Today tracks the journeys of these four IIE-SRF scholars, representing the record number of scientists who have had to flee their home countries during this unprecedented global migration crisis. 

March 21, 2018
Call for Applications: IIE-SRF Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

IIE-SRF has released our quarterly call for applications from qualified scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. For consideration in May 2018, application materials must be submitted by April 9, 2018. More information on eligibility and the IIE-SRF application process can be found here.

April 12, 2018
    • Physics Today spotlights four IIE-SRF scientists
    • Thank you to the first-time host institutions of Fall 2017
    • Selection Committee awards fellowships to new scholars from six countries
    • “Science in Exile” documentary premieres at IIE-SRF Forum
March 29, 2018
  • IIE-SRF Hosts Third Forum on Partnerships in Support of Threatened and Displaced Scholars