International Faculty & Scholars is the primary administrative unit on campus providing services to visiting international professors and research scholars participating in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. IFS works closely with UA departments to assist with the administrative processes involved in bringing international scholars and researchers to campus.
Scholar Rescue Fund History
Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a private non-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators, and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities, and offers support to scholars in danger.
What part does UA play?
IIE provides a valuable program for international scholars in the US who face persecution in their home countries due to the nature of their research. The University of Arizona has been honored to host one of these distinguished scholars in the past and would like to remind the research community of this program. The work of these scholars greatly enriches research collaboration on campus and beyond. Around the world, scholars have long suffered harassment, torture, and persecution as a result of their work. In the worst cases, scholars pay with their lives for their dedication to scholarship and freedom of thought. IIE, an independent non-profit, has participated in the rescue of persecuted scholars since its founding in 1919. In 2002, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) as a formalized response to this ongoing international dilemma.
The Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit professors, researchers and other senior academics 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. During the fellowship, conditions in a scholar’s home country may improve, permitting a safe return to help rebuild universities and societies ravaged by fear, conflict, and repression. If a safe return is not possible, the scholar may use the fellowship period to identify a long-term opportunity.