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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 667 scholars from 56 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 »

October 18, 2016
Saving Scholars
NJ Monthly

A look at the experiences of IIE-SRF fellows who are hosted in New Jersey.

October 13, 2016
The Shattered Pieces of a War-Torn Education
The Atlantic

For Syrian students now living in Turkey, the path through higher education is far from smooth. “Higher education is an incredibly important alternative to more negative outcomes: crime, radicalization, and early marriage for young women,” King said. “Education can provide a pathway to integration within the country and durable solutions for Turkey and Syria.”

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

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

The online auction offered 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 offered 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.

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

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


October 14, 2016
  • “After IIE-SRF”: Alumnus Teaches Islamic Studies
  • Host Spotlight: University of Gothenburg
  • IIE-SRF in The Atlantic
  • Call for Applications
September 30, 2016
  • “After IIE-SRF”: Russian Alumnus Studies Intergroup Conflict
  • PEER Launch
  • Syrian Alumnus Researches Climate Change
  • Jamiya Project Partnership