Deadline: April 1, 2019

Applications are invited for the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowships for Threatened Scholars 2019. The IIE-SRF calls for applications from professors and researchers facing threats to their lives or careers.

The Fellowship supports temporary academic positions at universities and other higher education institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety. IIE SRF formalizes IIE’s unwavering commitment to protect the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. Since the program’s founding in 2002, it has awarded fellowships to almost 800 scholars from

59 countries, arranging visiting academic positions at nearly 400 partner institutions in 44 countries.


  • IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting academic positions for up to one calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US$25,000, plus individual health insurance coverage, funding for relocation to the host country, professional development and advising resources, and dedicated support from IIE-SRF and its partners – before, during, and after the fellowship;
  • Fellowships are disbursed through partnering universities, colleges, or research institutes that provide a safe haven for IIE-SRF fellows to continue their academic work in safety. In most cases, hosting institutions match the IIE-SRF fellowship award by providing salary/stipend support, housing, and/or other assistance that would make the scholar’s appointment comparable to other visiting academic positions.


  • Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, eld, or discipline may apply;
  • Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently ed from direct and immediate threats;
  • Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their eld, and who have extensive teaching or research experience at an institution of higher learning;
  • Women and scholars from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Click here to apply

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