For Host Partners
The work of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) would not be possible without the support and partnership of the academic community. Combined with matching contributions from host institutions, SRF fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research centers in safe locations anywhere in the world, for up to one calendar year. These visiting positions are intended to allow the scholars to continue their important work in a safe location, pending improved conditions in their home countries.
Benefits to both the scholar and the host institution are immeasurable. In short, by providing safe haven and a space for scholars to pursue their work, universities and other institutions of higher learning will have the opportunity to strengthen existing faculty or to expand into new areas.
SRF works with each host partner to arrange a fellowship term that works best for the scholar and the institution. Scholars are invited to a department or school to conduct research, perhaps teach or co-teach a course, or participate in a guest lecture series. Fellowships can last anywhere from 3 to 12 months. Grantees are eligible to apply for a renewal award for up to one additional year of fellowship support.
The host partner plays an essential role and provides the following:
- Financial support equal to or greater than the SRF fellowship award. This support generally takes the form of a stipend or other direct funding for the visiting scholar such as housing, airfare and meal programs. In-kind contributions – office space, computers, language or other training fees, etc. – are encouraged for a complete scholar support package;
- University visa sponsorship (generally J-1, visiting scholar visa if in the U.S.);
- Receipt of SRF fellowship funds for support of the scholar and disbursal to him/her;
- Faculty mentoring and staff assistance in the scholar's adjustment to the host institution and host community;
- Assistance to find suitable housing, when possible; and
- Access to university facilities and libraries.