Get up to $25,000 for Threatened and Displaced Scholars in the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (ILE-SRF) 2021

Are you a threatened or displaced scholar?

Apply for the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (ILE-SRF) 2021 for a chance to get a grant of up to $25,000 along with health insurance and relocation funding.

Application Deadline: July 12 2021


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  • The IIE-SRF fellowship award includes a grant of up to US$25,000, along with individual health insurance and relocation funding, to support a visiting academic appointment of up to one year (renewable for a second year). The final fellowship amount is dependent upon several factors, including the location of the host institution, the cost of living, and the value of any additional contributions from the host institution or other sources.
  • IIE-SRF requires that the hosting institution provide financial support that is equal to or greater than the IIE-SRF fellowship award. This matching support generally takes the form of a stipend or other direct benefits that would offset the fellow’s cost of living such as housing, airfare, or health insurance. Other in-kind contributions such as office space, computer and library access, or laboratory/bench fees are encouraged for a complete fellow support package but do not qualify as part of the matching contribution.
  • IIE-SRF may consider on a case-by-case basis a waiver of the full host funding requirement in order to allow fellows to undertake appointments within their home regions or in countries where the cost of living is lower and the funding requirement is prohibitive.


  • IIE-SRF accepts applications from 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.
  • 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.

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.

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Application Instructions

Scholars can apply by sending the required application materials to us directly at In cases where a scholar is unable to submit the application, a third party may send the materials on their behalf.

The required application materials include:

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Current CV or resume. Please be sure your CV includes the following information:
  • Academic degrees (degree-granting institution, field, and date of degree award);
  • Current position (location, dates of employment, professional title, and responsibilities);
  • Previous academic positions (in chronological order, including location, dates of employment, professional title, and responsibilities);
  • A detailed list of your academic publications (journal articles, books, chapters, exhibitions, etc.) including full citations with the name of publication, authors, title of work, date of publication, and page numbers, if possible;
  • Other relevant academic work (including supervision of master’s and Ph.D. theses, conference presentations, grants/honors/awards, professional affiliations, etc.).
  • Academic statement. Please provide a thorough statement detailing your academic and professional background and experience, including a thorough description of your academic research interests. Please be sure to include a description of the activities that you have undertaken in your academic positions as well as an explanation of the activities (research, teaching, publishing, etc.) you would undertake during a fellowship. Your academic statement should be a minimum of one page.
  • Personal statement. Please provide a thorough statement explaining why you are applying to IIE-SRF for support. Include a clear and detailed account of the threats or risks that you have been facing and the reasons that you cannot continue your work in your home country at this time. Your personal statement should be a minimum of one page.
  • Reference letters. IIE-SRF requires a minimum of three (3) reference letters that contain the elements listed below. In some cases, additional letters may be requested. Letters from colleagues both inside and outside of your home country are preferred. Please note that IIE-SRF requires original reference letters. Letters should not use identical text, and each referee should speak to their specific knowledge of your academic background and/or circumstances. When possible, please have your referees compose their letters on official letterhead and send them to IIE-SRF directly at
  • Two (2) academic/professional letters of reference from academic or professional colleagues who can speak in detail to your research, publications, teaching, or other academic experience. When appropriate, letters should describe your unique expertise and contributions to specific intellectual issues or questions.
  • Two (2) personal letters of reference from colleagues or other persons who are aware of your circumstances and can describe the threats that you have been facing.
  • A copy of your Ph.D. 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.

To begin assessing an application, IIE-SRF must receive the application coversheet, a current CV, academic statement, and personal statement. The remaining materials may be sent at a later time.

Please note that all application materials submitted to IIE-SRF must be original and unique to an applicant’s particular academic background and circumstances. IIE-SRF will not accept academic or personal statements that share identical language with the statements of other applicants to IIE-SRF. Any language or background information borrowed from the internet or other outside source should be cited to credit the original source.

Please submit all application materials via email to If you do not have access to email, you may send your materials via fax or post.



Scholar Rescue Fund

Institute of International Education

One World Trade Center, 36th Floor

New York, New York 10007


Fax: +1-212-205-6425

About the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (ILE-SRF)

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.

Since 2002, IIE-SRF has received more than 3,000 requests for assistance from scholars in over 100 countries. We have awarded IIE-SRF fellowships to 902 scholars from 60 countries, placing them at 431 host partner institutions in 50 countries around the world.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Deadline for Application is July 12 2021

IIE-SRF conducts a thorough review of each applicant’s application materials to assess their experience, the quality of scholarly work, and the nature and urgency of their threat. In doing so, IIE-SRF may contact the applicant’s references and/or other sources, such as independent experts on the applicant’s academic field, country of origin, or the particulars of the reported threat. (IIE-SRF will never share Identifying information about an applicant without their permission.)

In many cases, IIE-SRF will follow up with an applicant directly for additional information about their academic work and/or their situation in their home country, in order to gain a full understanding of their scholarly background, individual circumstances, and need for the IIE-SRF fellowship.

All applicants considered for fellowship support are screened against a database containing the names of individuals, groups, and entities that are on major global sanctions, money laundering, and law enforcement watch lists.

Unfortunately, IIE-SRF cannot offer fellowship support to all applicants who meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

Selection Process

After the initial application assessment is complete, select applicants are presented for consideration by the IIE-SRF Selection Committee, which makes the final decisions on fellowship awards. The Committee meets four times per year.

Unfortunately, because of limited resources not all minimally qualified applicants will be considered by the IIE-SRF Selection Committee.

Networking And Partnership

The support and partnership of the international academic community is critical to the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF). Our valued partners, comprising hundreds of institutions, individuals, and organizations across the globe, provide a crucial lifeline for threatened and displaced academics by identifying scholars in need of support, hosting these scholars on their campuses, and supporting their integration into new academic environments.



Host a threatened scholar:

Arrange a yearlong academic appointment for an IIE-SRF fellow.

Provide matching support of equal or greater value to the IIE-SRF fellowship, generally in the form of salary or a stipend. (Contributions like housing, insurance, or professional development funding can also be considered.)

Sponsor the fellow’s visa or work permit.

Offer academic and professional resources, faculty mentoring, and staff assistance.

Offer scholar support services:

Contribute to the academic and professional development of IIE-SRF fellows and alumni as they integrate into new academic communities.

Refer a threatened scholar:

Nominate or refer to IIE-SRF academic colleagues facing threats to their lives and work in their home countries.

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