IIE's $25,000 Fellowships for Threatened Scholars: Call for Applications

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A past beneficiary of the Rescue Fund

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) has announced an October 19 deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or careers.

Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions anywhere in the world where the scholars can continue their academic work in safety.

IIE-SRF formalizes IIE's unwavering commitment to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. Since the program's founding in 2002, it has awarded fellowships to more than 600 scholars from 54 countries, arranging visiting academic positions at over 325 partner institutions in 41 countries.

Who can apply: Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested.

Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats.

Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field, 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.

Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible.

Information on eligibility, criteria, and the application process can be found here.

How IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund works: 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.

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.

For consideration in December 2015, application materials must be submitted by Monday, October 19, 2015.

Please note that IIE-SRF fellowships are awarded quarterly on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted at any time and can also be considered on an emergency basis.
To nominate a scholar:
Contact SRF@iie.org to refer or nominate a threatened scholar in need of assistance.


To host an IIE-SRF scholar: 
Visit our website to learn more about how to host an IIE-SRF scholar.



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