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 over 760 scholars from 58 countries, placing them at more than 380 host partner institutions in 43 countries around the world.

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



An ‘Unprecedented’ Exodus of Scholars

In the latest TWAS newsletter, IIE-SRF Assistant Director James King authored “An ‘Unprecedented’ Exodus of Scholars,” elaborating on the effects of war and authoritarianism on researchers, particularly in the Global South.

Read the report online »

Baden-Württemberg Fund for Persecuted Scholars: Accepting Applications

IIE-SRF is pleased to be a contributing partner of the Baden-Württemberg Fund for Persecuted Scholars (BWFS), a multilateral program established in response to requests for assistance from persecuted scholars around the world. BWFS supports visiting research appointments at universities and other higher education institutions within the German state of Baden-Württemberg. To be considered for this initiative, eligible scholars must apply directly to IIE-SRF, noting their interest in the Baden-Württemberg program.

The deadline for applications to BWFS is September 10, 2018.

Visit the Baden-Württemberg page>>

PAUSE: Call for Applications to Host Scientists at Risk - Sept. 2018


July 30, 2018
How Should Higher Education Be Responding to Refugee and Migrant Crises?
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The gathering of roughly 120 academics and nonprofit officials kicked off a new Rutgers-based consortium called the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants. Its goal: to coordinate and scale up the patchwork of university programs assisting displaced people. Participanrts also want to change the narrative about those people at a moment of rising nationalism and xenophobia.

May 21, 2018
Supporting displaced scholars through the At-Risk & Refugee Scholar Membership Initiative
Global Young Academy

The Global Young Academy (GYA) published an overview of their recent activities working with at-risk and refugee scholars in GYA Connections. GYA's peer mentorship program connects these scholars with their counterparts in other countries in partnership with IIE-SRF, The World Academy of Sciences, Scholars At Risk, and other organizations.

August 2, 2018
The New University in Exile Consortium: September 6th

The New University in Exile Consortium is an initiative emerging from The New School's past as the home of the first University in Exile in 1933. The Consortium is committed to the view that the academic community has both the responsibility and capacity to assist scholars in need, by helping to protect the intellectual capital that is jeopardized when universities and scholars are under assault. The launch will take place on September 6th at 6:00pm in New York City. RSVP here.

August 15, 2018
  • From Yemen to Italy: Scholar Finds Safe Haven for Nuclear Physics Research
  • TWAS Publishes In Flight from War: The Journey of At-Risk Scientists, ft. article by IIE-SRF Assistant Director
  • RSVP: The New University in Exile Consortium – September 6th at The New School
  • University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM) Launches at Rutgers University
July 23, 2018
  • Alumnus Wins Honorable Mention for the 2018 Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies
  • Fellow Mustafa Bahran of Yemen on Universities' Responsibility to Support Displaced Scholars, at AAAS Symposium
  • IIE-SRF On the Road: Trieste, Italy – TWAS Hosts "Science International" Working Group