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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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Safe Harbor

By Wyatt Marshall

Proto magazine interviewed IIE's President and CEO Allan Goodman, who oversaw the creation of IIE-SRF in 2002. The interview addresses the dangers scholars face today, how the organization connects with those in need, and ways in which institutions can help. 

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She May Be the Most Unstoppable Scientist in the World

By Michaeleen Doucleff

Forced to flee her native Yemen, IIE-SRF scholar Eqbal Dauqan conitinues to break boundaries as a highly accomplished female scientist. NPR shares more on her incredible journey.

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Refugee Scientists: The Way Forward

By Sean Treacy and Edward W. Lempinen

Fleeing conflict and war, refugee scientists often arrive in their new countries unrecognized and unemployed. A workshop co-organized by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has produced a broad set of recommendations for supporting them.

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IIENetworker Magazine Feature: Seeking Safe Havens: National Responses to Scholar Persecution

By Sarah Willcox

The Spring 2017 issue of IIE's Networker magazine is now online, featuring the work of IIE team members as they join with partners around the world to expand international opportunities for all. IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox, in her article entitled Seeking Safe Havens: National Responses to Scholar Persecution, provides an important overview of the program from its inception to present day, noting particularly the steps that countries are taking to keep their doors open as safe havens to scholars duing times of uncertainty.

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