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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 653 scholars from 55 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.


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 »

August 12, 2016
Researcher Suggests a Way to Protect Refugees’ Babies From Stress
Al-Fanar Media

Al-Fanar Media profiles IIE-SRF alumna Amal Alachkar of Syria and her work studying the effects of war and stress on fetuses and new born babies. It's work that could have implications for millions of Syrian children for many years to come. 

August 1, 2016
Beautiful Minds
Alef Magazine

A special auction by Christie’s is raising funds for artists and academics living in areas of conflict, including Syria and Iraq. Anna Wallace-Thompson speaks to one of the artists whose work is included in the sale, and who has benefited from the actions of The Scholar Rescue Fund. 

August 2, 2016
UNTITLED - Christie's Auction to Support IIE-SRF

IIE is pleased to announce that leading art business Christie's is partnering with the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund for its forthcoming auction, UNTITLED.
Online Auction: July 28 - August 11

The online auction will offer more than 60 works of art that display the diversity and creativity of form and motif, from sculpture to contemporary art works, including pieces by IIE Scholar Rescue Fund artists from Ethiopia, Iraq, and Syria. With estimates starting at $200, the sale will offer a unique opportunity for new and seasoned collectors to purchase works of outstanding quality and to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.

Register for the online auction here

Reception & Live Auction: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.
Remarks by IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman
Christie's New York Salesrooms & Offices
20 Rockefeller Plaza, Galleries I-V, New York City
Please RSVP by July 29 to attend the reception in New York.

Commissions from sales will go to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.


July 28, 2016
  • IIE-SRF Fellowship Applications due August 1
  • IIE-SRF Scholar-Artists Featured in Artsy
  • Christie’s Online Auction to Benefit IIE-SRF Now Open
July 15, 2016
  • #ChristiesforSRF Online Auction and Reception to Support IIE-SRF
  • IIE-SRF’s Iraq Distance Learning Initiative
  • Philipp Schwartz Initiative Opens 2nd Round of Applications