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Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships for workers threatened in their home countries.


The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships are for scholars whose lives and workers threatened in their home countries.

These fellowships permit scholars 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.

When conditions improve, these scholars will return home to help rebuild universities and societies ravaged by fear, conflict and repression.

How the Scholar Rescue Fund Works:

Academics, researchers and independent scholars from any country, field or discipline may qualify.

Preference is given to scholars 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; and
  • whose selection is likely to benefit the academic community in the home and/or host country or region.

Applications from female scholars and under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.

Fellowships are awarded for visiting academic positions ranging from 3 months to one calendar year.

The maximum award is US $20,000.

Applications are accepted at any time.

Emergency applications receive urgent consideration.

Non-emergency applications will be considered according to the following schedule:

  • Winter: Applications received by January 23; decision by March 1.
  • Spring: Application received by April 1; decision by June 1.
  • Fall: Applications received by September 1; decision by November 1.

For more information about the Fund, contact: IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships, 809 U.N. Plaza, Second Floor New York, New York 10017, Tel: (USA) 1-212-984-5472, Fax: (USA) 1-212-984-5353, E-mail: SRF [at] iie.org.

For further details, and application materials, contact: Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships


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