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A legacy of rescue. A beacon of hope.

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we support is a beacon of hope in our world.

Building upon IIE's century-long legacy of assisting students and scholars under threat, IIE-SRF has since 2002 supported 844 scholars from 59 countries in partnership with 417 host institutions in 47 countries.

Together we can make a difference. One life, one voice, one idea at a time.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

  • IIE-SRF responds to rise in applications from Cameroon
  • Q&A with IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) editor Barbara Jasny
  • Seven fellows and alumni accept post-fellowship positions

Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • 2019 Year in Review

January 24, 2020

Boston College a haven for visiting scholar

BC News

IIE-SRF's 2019 Beau Biden Scholar Barakatullo Ashurov is profiled in this article about his experience at his host instituion, Boston College. Having faced faced censorship and the threat of imprisonment in his native Tajikistan for his "efforts to prioritize the community-centered documentation and preservation of minority languages and cultural expressions," Dr. Ahsurov explains that he has relished the opportunity to resume his work at BC and at Harvard University, where he undertook his first-year IIE-SRF fellowship. While at BC, Dr. Ashurov has taught courses on the political and cultural history of Tajikistan, Zoroastrianism, and Sogdian sociolinguistics. He is also writing a book that explores the history of Christianity in Central Asia from an ethnolinguistic and ethnocultural perspective.



August 29, 2019

Dr. Barakatullo Ashurov of Tajikistan named this year’s IIE-SRF Beau Biden Scholar

Linguist and historian Dr. Barakatullo Ashurov of Tajikistan has been named the 2019 IIE-SRF Beau Biden Scholar. This distinction is awarded annually to an IIE-SRF Fellow who embodies the legacy of Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware, in pursuing justice and safeguarding vulnerable populations.