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 698 scholars from 56 countries, placing them at over 370 host partner institutions in 43 countries around the world.

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

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, and qualified applications will be reviewed by the IIE-SRF Selection Committee on a quarterly basis. The deadline to submit an application for consideration in June 2017 has passed and IIE-SRF will continue to review applications for possible consideration by the IIE-SRF Selection Committee in September 2017.

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

Cover: IIENetworker Magazine


Seeking Safe Havens: National Responses to Scholar Persecution

IIENetworker Magazine | March 2017

The latest issue of IIE's biannual magazine features an article by IIE-SFR Director Sarah Willcox.

Read the report online »

May 22, 2017
Refugee Scientists: The Way Forward
The World Academy of Sciences

Fleeing conflict and war, refugee scientists often arrive in their new countries unrecognized and unemployed. A workshop co-organized by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has produced a broad set of recommendations for supporting them.

April 28, 2017
The Scientists Who Had to Start Over: 'Five Years of my Career Have Been Wiped Out'
The Guardian

Many displaced academics and scientists aren't able to reach their full potential in their fields due to a lack of resources for threatened scholars. The Guardian explores the reasons why, with two IIE-SRF scholars offering their perspective. 

February 13, 2017
Philipp Schwartz Initiative Call for Applications

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has announced a third round of funding for its Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI). German universities and research institutions are invited to apply for PSI support to host threatened scholars who are under threat from political persecution and war. Up to 30 fellowships will be available for scholars to continue their research for two to three years at German institutions under the initiative. Applications must be submitted by April 21, 2017. IIE-SRF continues to be a proud partner to PSI, providing German institutions with assistance in identifying and evaluating candidates, pre- and post-arrival advice, and transition support for PSI fellows completing the fellowship. For more information, visit the Philipp Schwartz Initiative website.

May 5, 2017
  • The Guardian Features IIE-SRF
  • Launch of "Scholar Support Initiative"
  • Edraak Scholarship Granted to IIE-SRF Scholar
  • IIE-SRF at Campus Events 
March 23, 2017
  • IIE-SRF Alumni Create Online Courses for Displaced Medical Students
  • “After IIE-SRF”: Bangladeshi Legal Scholar Returns
  • Science Diplomacy on IIE-SRF
  • PEER Launch
  • "IIE-SRF on the Road"