Featured PSA Partners
PSA partners provide many services to IIE-SRF fellows and alumni. Featured below are several key partners that support scholars' career advancement and professional development. For a full list of partners, please contact IIE-SRF.
The Bridge for Researchers in Danger Going to Europe (BRiDGE) is a two-year project, financed by the European Commission. It is focused on enhancing the case-to-case support of refugee researchers by career development advisory services, training, academic, and non-academic mentoring. The project transfers given knowledge and experience to the EURAXESS network, the largest relevant network in Europe. Materials from the training can be found here.
Coursera for Refugees
Coursera for Refugees partners with top universities and organizations like Google and Intel to offer courses online on topics like academic English, information technology, life sciences, social sciences, and much more. Coursera courses last approximately four to ten weeks, with one to two hours of video lectures a week. These courses provide quizzes, weekly exercises, peer-graded assignments, and sometimes a final project or exam. Some courses are also provided on-demand, in which case users can take their time in completing the course with all of the material available at once.
Community Building Art Works (CBAW)
Community Building Art Works (CBAW) is a charitable organization that builds healthy and connected communities where veterans and civilians share creative expression, mutual understanding, and support. Their combination of arts programs for veterans and community-building events and services has reached thousands of Service Members, Veterans, and Military Family members in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In September 2018 IIE-SRF, through the Partnerships for Scholar Advancement initiative, partnered with Community Building Art Works to connect IIE-SRF fellows and alumni with their local community and create a space for introspection, communication, and connection.
Global Young Academy
The Global Young Academy (GYA), an international organization that aims to bring together young scientists to solve global problems and policy issues, is helping to support at-risk scholars. Through partnerships with IIE-SRF and other initiatives that assist threatened and displaced academics, GYA is offering peer mentorship to early-career scholars impacted by conflict and persecution. As of Spring 2018, GYA has matched 14 young scientists with global mentors, and plans additional pairings. Read more about GYA's work with IIE-SRF here.
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
On May 10, 2018, PSA and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) announced a formal partnership to offer indispensable services, tools, and information, and through this partnership they aim to develop new services to assist internationally educated professionals and displaced scholars to reestablish their careers in exile. ICTC is a Canadian not-for-profit sector council that strives to create a diverse, prepared and highly educated Canadian ICT industry and workforce. ICTC forges partnerships that will help develop the quantity and quality of ICT professionals needed to maintain and improve Canada's position as a leader in the global marketplace. ICTC launched the Canada Readiness Tool, the most robust tool developed to date to help internationally educated ICT professionals from around the world integrate more effectively into the workforce.
Talent Beyond Boundaries
Talent Beyond Boundaries is the only organization in the world connecting refugees to international job opportunities, opening labor mobility as a complementary solution to traditional refugee resettlement. War and conflict have forced millions of skilled people to find refuge in places where they are unable to work legally. At the same time, employers around the world are searching for skilled workers. The pathways that Talent Beyond Boundaries is establishing allow refugees to find stability and employers to gain new talent, while reducing the number of dependents on aid.
Upwardly Global trains recent immigrants and refugees to adapt their educations, skills, and professional careers abroad into the US workforce. They partner with employers to help them leverage their talent pool, and to create more inclusive hiring practices and workplaces. Upwardly Global collaborates with individuals and partner organizations to help newcomers succeed in their workplaces and communities. With locations in four major US cities, Upwardly Global has access to major job markets and urban communities.
PSA is actively seeking new partners, both organizations and individuals, who can assist IIE‐SRF fellows. Joining PSA as a Commitment Partner represents an important opportunity to impact the life of a displaced scholar as she or he seeks to reintegrate into an unfamiliar academic community and job market.