Scholar Rescue Fund

Scholar Rescue Fund

Deadline: Committee meets three times a year. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Academics, scholars and intellectuals from any country and any discipline may apply for fellowships to support temporary visits to institutions in any safe country, in any part of the world. The SRF Selection Committee reviews applications and awards 20-40 fellowships annually to scholars whose lives or careers are threatened. Fellowships are awarded to host institutions for support of specific individuals to be matched by the host institution. Grantee-scholars may continue their work in safety at the host institution—teaching, giving lectures, completing research, publishing their work—throughout the fellowship.

The Fund’s hope is that during the fellowship period conditions in the scholars’ home country might improve to allow their safe return; if safe return is not possible, the hope is that the scholars might use the period of the fellowship to identify a longer-term opportunity to continue their important work.

Eligibility & Criteria
Professors, established researchers and other senior academics from any country, field or discipline may qualify. Applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, the quality/potential of the candidate’s work, and the urgency of threats faced. Preference is given to scholars

-who are facing immediate, severe and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home country or country of residence;
-with a Ph.D. or other highest degree in their field who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college or other institution of higher learning;
-who demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise;
-whose selection is likely to benefit the academic community in the home and/or host country or region.

Applications from female scholars and scholars who are members of ethnic, racial, cultural or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their field, are encouraged.
Fellowships are approved by the SRF Selection Committee which convenes at least three (3) times per year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus health insurance. The final fellowship award is dependent upon the location of the host institution, the cost of living, and the value of any additional contributions from the host institution or other source.
Host academic institutions agree to accept the fellowship funds and disburse the funds to the scholar. In most cases, host institutions are required to match the SRF fellowship award through partial salary/stipend support, research materials, and other in-kind assistance.

To learn more about IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, please visit the fund’s website.

(updated 1.11.17)

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