Instructions and Application
Direct application & third-party nomination
Candidates may apply directly or be nominated by a third-party. Although SRF invites applications from individual scholars, it does not provide awards directly to individuals. In most cases, fellowships are awarded to the host institution, which in turn issues the fellowship award for direct support of the fellow.
Joint-applications encouraged, but not required
In most cases, financial and/or in-kind support equal or greater to the SRF award must be provided by the host institution or another source. For this reason, candidates are strongly encouraged -- but not required -- to apply jointly with a university or college that has agreed to host the visit and to provide the necessary matching funds. SRF will work to identify a suitable host partner for successful candidates who apply without a pre-arranged host institution.
Applications and nominations are accepted at any time throughout the year, on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered by the SRF Selection Committee at least three (3) times per year. Non-emergency applications must be received at least four (4) weeks before a Committee meeting in order to be considered. Decisions will be announced approximately two (2) weeks after each Selection Committee meeting.
Emergency applications can be considered out of cycle if a candidate's circumstances do not permit waiting for the next Selection Committee meeting.
Applications materials must be in English or in the language of the proposed host institution/country. A complete application package may be submitted by e-mail (preferred), fax or postal mail.
In addition to a review of the required application materials listed below, the Scholar Rescue Fund contacts references and other sources, which may include independent experts on the country of origin or the particulars of the reported situation of threat/risk. In the cases of publicly known candidates or crises, verification can be relatively straightforward. Other cases require extensive investigation and investment of SRF staff resources. For particular types of reported threat, including anonymous intimidation or situations involving detainment, imprisonment, and/or physical violence, verification is undertaken with particular sensitivity to the security concerns of the candidate. All candidates considered for fellowship support are screened against a database of names comprised of over 25 major international watch lists.
Required application materials
If you would like to apply for a SRF fellowship, please submit the following required materials by email (preferred), fax or postal mail.
Current CV or resume. Please include the following information:
- Current position (location, dates of tenure, professional title & responsibilities);
- Previous positions (in chronological order: location, dates of tenure, professional title & responsibilities);
- All of your publications (journal articles, books, chapters) including the name of publication, title of work and date of publication;
Other relevant academic work (including supervision of Master’s and Ph.D. theses, conference presentations, grants/honors/awards, professional affiliations).
A letter or personal statement explaining your application. Please explain why you are applying to the Scholar Rescue Fund for support. Include a clear account of the threats or risks that you have been facing. Please also discuss your academic background and achievements, and explain what academic activities (research, teaching, publishing, etc.) you would undertake during a fellowship.
Two (2) academic/professional letters of reference from academic and/or professional colleagues who can speak to your research, publications, teaching or other advanced academic experience.
Two (2) personal letters of reference from colleagues or persons who are aware of the difficulties that you have been facing as well as your professional background. Letters from colleagues both inside and outside of your home country are preferred. Personal letters of reference can be combined with an academic/professional reference.
Not required, but encouraged if available:
Detailed list of your publications and/or research.
Samples of your most current writing or research publications.
A letter from a university or college that may be able to host your fellowship, including, where possible, a proposed budget demonstrating the amount of financial support (direct and in-kind) to be provided.
**Please address all letters to:
Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017-3580
Tel: (USA) +1-212-205-6486
Fax: (USA) +1-212-205-6425
Please visit our FREQUENT QUESTIONS page for additional information as you prepare your application materials.