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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 653 scholars from 55 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 »

July 19, 2016
This Organization Is Rescuing Artists and Scholars from Syria and Iraq

“While ISIS is destroying Syria’s fabled and archaeological past,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE), “the war is destroying the future of its arts. At the same time, we are hearing about artists and intellectuals who are continuing to generate new art in the context of the war.”

The [IIE Scholar] Rescue Fund aims to enable these artists and scholars to continue their work, seeing them as key assets to the future rebuilding of their respective homelands. The organization is also providing support for students and staff currently residing in the wider Middle East. This year, Christie’s annual online auction, UNTITLED: Insider Art Show, has partnered with IIE-SRF to raise funds to support these scholars in exile. Of the 60 works on offer, eight are by three artists who have benefited from the organization’s assistance—Syrian interior designer and artist Dr. Joumana Jaber, Iraqi painter Saddam al Jumaily, and one who wishes to remain anonymous due to fears for his safety.

July 14, 2016
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Merton College Newsletter

Last year Merton welcomed an IIE-SRF fellow from Aleppo. He talked with the local magazine about his experiences as a threatened scholar as part of the Merton@Home weekend's series of Global Issues Today on 25 June 2016. 

August 2, 2016
UNTITLED - Christie's Auction to Support IIE-SRF

IIE is pleased to announce that leading art business Christie's is partnering with the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund for its forthcoming auction, UNTITLED.
Online Auction: July 28 - August 11

The online auction will offer more than 60 works of art that display the diversity and creativity of form and motif, from sculpture to contemporary art works, including pieces by IIE Scholar Rescue Fund artists from Ethiopia, Iraq, and Syria. With estimates starting at $200, the sale will offer a unique opportunity for new and seasoned collectors to purchase works of outstanding quality and to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.

Register for the online auction here

Reception & Live Auction: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 6:00 p.m.
Remarks by IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman
Christie's New York Salesrooms & Offices
20 Rockefeller Plaza, Galleries I-V, New York City
Please RSVP by July 29 to attend the reception in New York.

Commissions from sales will go to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.


July 15, 2016
  • #ChristiesforSRF Online Auction and Reception to Support IIE-SRF
  • IIE-SRF’s Iraq Distance Learning Initiative
  • Philipp Schwartz Initiative Opens 2nd Round of Applications
June 30, 2016
  • Partner Video Testimonial
  • Syrian Scholar’s Call to Action in Brookings Blog
  • IIE-SRF in Tweet Chat on Student Refugee Options
  • IIE-SRF Alumnus in the New York Times