Fellowship Announcement

Call for Applications

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is pleased to announce a call for applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions outside their home countries anywhere in the world.

Since IIE-SRF's founding in 2002, the program has provided academic fellowships to over 500 scholars from 50 countries, placing them at nearly 300 host partner institutions in 40 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 a university, college, or other 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 and criteria can be found here.

To apply:

Please download the application materials from: www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/for-scholars.php (outreach messages are available in Arabic, French, Persian, and Spanish)

To nominate a threatened scholar:

Please contact SRF@iie.org to refer or nominate a threatened scholar in need for assistance.

IIE-SRF is currently seeking hosts for the following scholars:

Case IDDegreeField
Ethiopia 056Ph.D., AustriaAgricultural Entomology
Iran 109Ph.D., IranPhilosophy; Queer Studies
Iran 116Ph.D., IranSociology
Syria 065Ph.D., U.S.Aerospace Engineering
Syria 081Ph.D., FranceComputer Science; Applied Mathematics
Syria 094Ph.D., FranceApplied Linguistics; French
Syria 100Ph.D., Syria / GermanyAgricultural Economics
Syria 101Ph.D., SyriaEcology and Forestry
Syria 107Ph.D., GermanyDatabase and Information Systems
Uzbekistan 025Ph.D., UzbekistanArt History

Please contact SRF@iie.org to receive more information.


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 and professional development assistance.

Fellowships are disbursed through dedicated host academic institutions, which provide direct support and a safe haven for IIE-SRF fellows. In most cases, hosts are asked to match the IIE-SRF fellowship award by providing salary / stipend support and other in-kind assistance that would make the scholar's appointment comparable to other visiting academic positions.

For an early March decision, please submit application materials by Monday, February 1, 2016.

Please note that applications are accepted at any time and can be considered on an emergency basis.