Apply for the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF). 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.
The IIE-SRF fellowship award includes a grant of up to US$25,000, along with individual health insurance and relocation funding, to support a visiting academic appointment of up to one year (renewable for a second year). The final fellowship amount is dependent upon several factors, including the location of the host institution, the cost of living, and the value of any additional contributions from the host institution or other sources.
IIE-SRF Fellowship Package
The IIE-SRF fellowship package includes the following:
- Yearlong research and/or teaching appointment at a higher education institution in a safe location anywhere in the world.
- A fellowship grant of up to $25,000 (most awards are eligible for renewal for a second and final year).
- Individual health insurance coverage.
- Funding for relocation to the host institution.
- Professional development support through resource guides and access to academic networks; CV and cover letter review; letters of reference; career mentorship and advising on post-fellowship opportunities; and (in some cases) financial support for conference attendance and language training.
- Opportunities through IIE-SRF or partner events, media, or other venues to share; or promote the fellow’s academic work and/or speak about their home country.
- Dedicated support from IIE-SRF and its partners – before, during, and after the fellowship.
IIE-SRF accepts applications from professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats and cannot continue their work in their home countries. Scholars from any country and in any academic field or discipline may qualify. Applicants are assessed based on academic qualifications and experience, the quality and/or potential of their work, and the urgency of the threats that they face.
- A Ph.D. or highest degree in their field and have significant teaching and/or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning.
- An established record of published research.
- Demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise.
- Must be facing or have recently fled from immediate, targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence.
- Will benefit their home and/or host academic communities.
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