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A legacy of rescue. A beacon of hope.

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we support is a beacon of hope in our world.

Building upon IIE's century-long legacy of assisting students and scholars under threat, IIE-SRF has since 2002 supported over 800 scholars from 59 countries in partnership with 400 host institutions in 45 countries.

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

Publications

"Scholar Perspectives" in 2019 AACRAO Report

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) released its 2019 report, drawing on expertise across sectors to make recommendations for the integration of displaced students and scholars into higher education. In their article “Scholar Perspectives,” co-authors Dr. Chelsea Blackburn Cohen of Scholars at Risk and IIE-SRF Director James R. King explore the issues of academic freedom and higher education emergencies, sharing best practices for supporting displaced and threatened scholars.

Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Studying Sogdiana from Tajikistan to Harvard
  • AACRAO report, "Scholar Perspectives" by Dr. Chelsea Blackburn Cohen and James R. King
  • Science Magazine: "AAAS connects human rights groups with science experts"
  • IIE-SRF On the Road: Germany 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

  • Dr. Fathiah Zakham of Yemen: “Supporting female scientists in Yemen”
  • "Treasures of New York": Institute of International Education
  • IIE-SRF Selection Committee Awards Fellowships to 14 New Scholars

May 13, 2019

Rethinking Institutional Policies to Reduce Barriers Facing Displaced Students in the U.S.

World Educations News + Reviews

This article provides an overview of worldwide efforts to support displaced students and scholars. It breaks down the various new initiatives in the U.S. that are facilitating access to higher education, and gives a thorough summary of the 2019 AACRAO report that features a section on displaced scholars written by IIE-SRF and Scholars at Risk.

March 25, 2019

"Academic Institutions Under Attack: Freedom of Inquiry at Risk," New University in Exile Consortium Conference: April 26, 2019

The New School

On April 26, 2019, the New University in Exile Consortium will present its first conference, featuring displaced and threatened scholars hosted by Consortium institutions. The scholars will discuss the attacks on universities and academic freedom in their home countries and how these have affected not only their own lives but the nature of the universities.