Institute of International Education

Linked with Scholar Rescue in the modern world.

The Scholar Rescue Fund formalizes an unwavering commitment to academic freedom that the Institute of International Education (IIE) has demonstrated for over 85 years. At the heart of the Fund is the idea that each scholar we help who continues his or her work in safety is a beacon of hope in our world. Together we can make a difference. One life, one voice, one idea at a time. (Homepage).

General information; for scolars; for hosts; History;
Iraq Scholar Rescue Project and how to apply;
Information regarding fellowships for scholars worldwide;
Read the SRF outreach message in Arabic, Farsi, French, Spanish;
Address: Scholar Rescue Fund, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017-3580, USA;
Contact.

About: Around the world, scholars have long suffered harassment, torture and persecution as a result of their work. In the worst cases, scholars pay with their lives for their dedication to scholarship and freedom of thought. The Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent nonprofit, has participated in the rescue of persecuted scholars since its founding in 1919. In 2002, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) as a formalized response to this ongoing international dilemma.  

The Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit professors, researchers and other senior academics to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community at large. During the fellowship, conditions in a scholar’s home country may improve, permitting safe return to help rebuild universities and societies ravaged by fear, conflict and repression. If safe return is not possible, the scholar may use the fellowship period to identify a longer-term opportunity.

In response to one of the greatest academic crises of our time, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) launched the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project. This new project aims to assist more than 150 of Iraq’s most senior and most threatened academics in any academic discipline – through temporary academic positions at universities, colleges and other institutions of higher learning in the Middle East and North African regions. (Some exceptions may be considered for university positions in other world regions.) In doing so, the Scholar Rescue Fund hopes to contribute to the preservation of Iraq’s vital intellectual capital and ensure that, when conditions permit, these scholars will be able to return home to rebuild their once flourishing academic communities.

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