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A legacy of rescue. A beacon of hope.

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF) formalizes an unwavering commitment that IIE has demonstrated for nearly a century to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. IIE-SRF fellowships support visiting appointments for threatened scholars to continue their work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we help who continues his or her work in safety is a beacon of hope in our world.

Since 2002, IIE-SRF has assisted 681 scholars from 56 countries, placing them at over 350 host partner institutions in 41 countries around the world.

Together we can make a difference. One life, one voice, one idea at a time.


Forum Magazine: Internationalization in a Conflicted World

European Association for International Education  |  April 13, 2016

Featuring an article from IIE-SRF.

Read the report online »

December 8, 2016
Lifeline for refugee scholars
Science Magazine

The global refugee crisis now stands at 65 million forcibly displaced people, according to the United Nations. Could the world ever have imagined a number exceeding that produced by the Nazis and World War II? The conflict over Syria alone, raging since 2011, has so far resulted in more than 11 million refugees and internally displaced persons. Over the past year, international summits have convened to address this global crisis, including the United Nations Summit in September. There is a growing view that the world must recognize these individuals not as part of a temporary emergency, but as a long-term challenge, and one where higher education can play a major role.

November 28, 2016
Escaping Islamic State group: How a Ball State professor and his family survived
Ball State Daily

The harrowing tale of an IIE-SRF fellow's escape from Mosul in 2014 as it was under the control of the Islamic State.

December 7, 2016
New Baden-Württemberg Fund for Persecuted Scholars

STUTTGART, GERMANY, December 7, 2016 — In response to a dramatic increase in threats against scholars worldwide, Baden-Württemberg announces a new program to provide fellowships to persecuted scholars and to support their placement at universities within the state of Baden-Württemberg, where they can continue their academic work in freedom and safety. This new program is a multilateral response, set up as a public-private partnership involving the Ministry of Science, Research, and Arts of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, the Max Jarecki Foundation, and the Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education (IIE). 

December 2, 2016
  • IIE-SRF Fellow Describes Escape from Mosul to Indiana
  • In Memoriam: Ruth Gruber
  • IIE-SRF Chairman Honored with Rutgers’ Leadership Award
November 17, 2016
  • Save a Scholar on Giving Tuesday
  • Scholar Spotlight: Iraq
  • Host Country Spotlight: Canada
  • IIE-SRF Selection Committee Results