Deadline: 5 April 2021
Open to: scholars from any country and in any academic field or discipline may apply
Benefits: fellowship grant of up to 25,000 USD
The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.
These year-long fellowships of $25,000USD support temporary academic positions at institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world where IIE-SRF fellows can continue their work in safety. In most cases, IIE-SRF fellows are eligible to apply for a second and final year of fellowship support.
- Open to professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats and cannot continue their work in their home countries.
- Scholars from any country and in any academic field or discipline may qualify.
Preference is given to scholars who:
- hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field and have significant teaching and/or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning;
- have an established record of published research;
- demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise;
- are facing or have recently fled from immediate, targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence;
- will benefit their home and/or host academic communities.
Applicants are assessed based on academic qualifications and experience, the quality and/or potential of their work, and the urgency of the threats that they face.
The IIE-SRF fellowship package includes the following:
- A yearlong research and/or teaching appointment at a higher education institution in a safe location anywhere in the world;
- A fellowship grant of up to $25,000 (most awards are eligible for renewal for a second and final year);
- Individual health insurance coverage;
- Funding for relocation to the host institution;
- Professional development support through resource guides and access to academic networks; CV and cover letter review; letters of reference; career mentorship and advising on post-fellowship opportunities; and (in some cases) financial support for conference attendance and language training;
- Opportunities through IIE-SRF or partner events, media, or other venues to share or promote the fellow’s academic work and/or speak about their home country;
- Dedicated support from IIE-SRF and its partners – before, during, and after the fellowship.
How to apply?
The required application materials include:
- Application Coversheet
- Current CV or resume.
- Academic statement
- Personal statement
- Reference letters
- A copy of your PhD or highest degree
- Samples of your most current research publications
- If you have already secured a commitment from a university or other institution to host your fellowship, please provide a letter from the host indicating their intent to host, if you are awarded. Please note that this is not a requirement.
Scholars can apply by sending the required application materials directly to [email protected]. In cases where a scholar is unable to submit the application, a third party may send the materials on their behalf.