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Displaced Scientists Strive to Restart Professional Lives in New Lands

By Toni Feder

For four displaced scientists from Syria and Yemen, IIE-SRF fellowships were a means to ensuring their security and restarting their careers. A new publication in Physics Today tracks the journeys of these four IIE-SRF scholars, representing the record number of scientists who have had to flee their home countries during this unprecedented global migration crisis. 

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Interview with IIE-SRF Scholar Mustafa Bahran in Physics Today

By Toni Feder

This full-length interview with IIE-SRF scholar Mustafa Bahran of Yemen, a professor of nuclear physics, follows his education, career development, and journey to escape conflicted Yemen. Despite his many accomplishments, Dr. Bahran fled his home country to ensure his and his family's safety, and also continue his scientific work -- without a certain future. 

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Call for Applications: IIE-SRF Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

IIE-SRF has released our quarterly call for applications from qualified scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. For consideration in May 2018, application materials must be submitted by April 9, 2018. More information on eligibility and the IIE-SRF application process can be found here.

A New Film Focuses on 4 Arab Researchers’ Lives in Exile

By Tarek Abd El-Galil

Featuring the stories of four Arab refugee scientists, "Science in Exile" gives voice to the struggles refugees face when escaping war and searching for new opportunities in academia. The documentary was premiered at IIE-SRF's Forum on March 9, 2018 at the IIE Headquarters in New York City. The trailer is included in this article by Al-Fanar Media.

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2018 IIE-SRF Forum: Protecting Scholarship and Promoting Partnerships

The third IIE-SRF Forum convened on March 9, 2018 at IIE's New York City headquarters. This day-long event brought together scholars, practitioners, advocates, and university faculty to learn about best practices and engage our networks to help further protect threatened scholars worldwide. For a full agenda of the day's events, please visit the IIE-SRF Forum page


PAUSE applications open through January 23

IIE-SRF is pleased to share application information for our partners at PAUSE (Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil), a French national program that supports Ph.D. candidates, post-doc researchers, and displaced researchers and scientists seeking to work in safety. The program allocates incentive funding to public higher education and research establishments that can host scientist at their institutions in France. Scientists from all geographical origins and academic disciplines are eligible. For eligibility criteria and the application procedures, click here. Host universities/institutions must apply by January 23, 2018.

Refugee Scientists: Quiet Pioneers Dedicated to Discovery

By Sarah Willcox

In the October 2017 edition of the UNESCO Courier, IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox provides historical perspective and a context for today’s scholar rescue in her article titled, “Refugee Scientists: Quiet Pioneers Dedicated to Discovery.” According to the article, among the 30,000 people forced to leave their homes every day due to conflict and persecution are renowned scientists and scholars. International programs are working to ensure that these scholars are able to continue educating students and producing world-class scholarship. Sarah writes that IIE-SRF “is now among a handful of formalized programs that provide essential support for threatened academics. But there is so much more to be done to ensure that the world’s intellectual capital will seed innovation and discovery for generations to come.”  

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Science, Interrupted

By Jennifer Hattam

War, conflict, and strife have uprooted researchers around the world. When these individuals are displaced, the fate of their life's work and their wealth of knowledge are also at risk. Through the stories of scholars from the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Discover's Jennifer Hattam explores the complex issues surrounding interrupted scholarship. The full text of this article is available only to Discover magazine subscribers. 

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Joshua McKeown Mentors Physician-Educator from Myanmar

As part of an IIE program called "Connecting with the World," Dr. Joshua McKeown, director of SUNY Oswego's Office of International Education and Programs, mentors physician, educator, and IIE-SRF alumnus from Myanmar, Dr. Myint Oo. The program is dedicated to helping Myanmar professionals acquire the foundational knowledge needed to develop and manage an international officein their home country.
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Refugee Scientists Under the Spotlight

By Andy Exrtance

Thousands of people are forced to flee war-torn regions every year, but the struggles of scientists who have to leave their homeland often goes under the radar. IIE-SRF is just one of many initiatives around the world helping these scientists to continue their work in safety.

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