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

Emergency applications can be considered out of cycle if a candidate's circumstances do not permit waiting for the next Selection Committee meeting.

Application Instructions

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.

Application Review

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 applicants considered for fellowship support are screened against a database containing the names of individuals, groups, and entities that are on major global sanctions, money laundering, and law enforcement 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.

  1. Application coversheet
    Application Coversheet

  2. Current CV or resume. Please include the following information:

    1. Current position (location, dates of tenure, professional title & responsibilities);
    2. Previous positions (in chronological order: location, dates of tenure, professional title & responsibilities);
    3. All of your publications (journal articles, books, chapters) including the name of publication, title of work and date of publication;
    4. Other relevant academic work (including supervision of Master’s and Ph.D. theses, conference presentations, grants/honors/awards, professional affiliations).

  3. 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, and also discuss your academic background and achievements, and explain what academic activities (research, teaching, publishing, etc.) you would undertake during a fellowship. Please note that personal statements are generally a minimum of one page.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. These letters can be combined with the academic / pro

    [Letters from colleagues both inside and outside of your home country are preferred. Please note that IIE-SRF requires original reference letters. Letters should not use identical text. Each referee should speak to his/her particular knowledge of your academic background and/or circumstances.]
  6. A copy of your Ph.D. certificate or other highest degree.

Not required, but encouraged if available:

  1. Detailed list of your publications and/or research.

  2. Samples of your most current writing or research publications.

  3. 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+1-212-205-6486
Fax: (USA) +1-212-205-6425+1-212-205-6425


Please visit our FREQUENT QUESTIONS page for additional information as you prepare your application materials.


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