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Call for Applications: Due January 25, 2013

By IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund

Fellowship Announcement:  Applications due January 25, 2013
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The Institute of International Education's (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) is pleased to announce a call for applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities and other research institutions outside their home countries anywhere in the world.  
Since IIE-SRF's founding in 2002, the program has provided academic fellowships to nearly 500 scholars from 48 countries, placing them at over 250 host partner institutions in 40 countries.      

Who can apply:
Professors, researchers and public intellectuals from any country, field or discipline may apply.  Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested.    

  • Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats.
  • Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field and who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning.
  • We strongly encourage applications from female scholars and under-represented groups.

Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.

Information on eligibility can be found here.

To apply:      
Please download the application materials from:  our scholars page
(outreach materials are available in Arabic, French, Persian and Spanish)

To nominate a threatened scholar:
IIE-SRF accepts referals and applications from third-party nominators who know of a threatened scholar's need for assistance. Please contact for details.

To host a IIE-SRF scholar

Contact for questions.

How The Scholar Rescue Fund Works:  IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting academic positions for up to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus individual health insurance coverage and professional development assistance.
Fellowships are disbursed through dedicated host academic institutions, which provide direct support and a safe haven for IIE-SRF fellows. In most cases, hosts are asked to match the IIE-SRF fellowship award by providing salary/stipend support and other in-kind assistance that would make the scholar's appointment similar to any visiting position. 

For a late February decision, please submit application materials by January 25, 2013.

Please note that applications are accepted at any time and can be considered on an emergency basis. 


About IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund

The IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit professors, researchers and public intellectuals to find temporary refuge at universities, colleges and research centers anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work in safety and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues and the community. In its first 10 years, IIE-SRF has provided fellowships to nearly 500 remarkable scholars from 48 countries, including leading an effort of historic proportion to save the intellectual capital of Iraq. The Iraq Scholar Rescue Project has saved the lives and work of more than 250 of Iraq's most senior and threatened academics in a wide range of academic disciplines through temporary academic positions at universities, colleges and other institutions of higher learning in the Middle East and North African regions.