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”Rescuing these scholars ensures that their accumulated knowledge will be passed on to countless students and future generations. This multiplier effect is essential to a brighter future.” - IIE-SRF Chairman Mark A. Angelson

Host a threatened scholar on your campus:

The support and partnership of the international academic community is critical to the work of IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF). IIE-SRF works closely with each host partner institution to arrange a fellowship term and visiting position that works best for the scholar and the institution. IIE-SRF collaborates with the host partner institution to arrange fellowship appointments, typically for one year. 
As a visiting scholar, the IIE-SRF fellow might contribute to ongoing research or begin original research; complete pending publications; teach or co-teach; guest lecture in one or across departments; and/or serve as an on-campus resource to both students and faculty within any range of fields or subject matters. Beyond their academic fields, fellows may also be interested to share their personal experiences and knowledge related to their home countries and regions.

The IIE-SRF fellowship provides the following benefits:

   For the Scholar

   For the Host

  • A financial award of up to $25,000 to support a visiting academic appointment of up to one year (renewable for a second year)
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Travel and visa assistance, where possible
  • Resources and contacts for assistance with family and legal matters
  • Assistance identifying off-campus professional development opportunities and other personal resources such as community networks or support groups
  • Letters of reference for post-fellowship academic positions and other fellowship programs
  • Guidance on compiling competitive post-fellowship applications
  • Ability to participate in IIE efforts to raise awareness of issues impacting higher education globally
  • Unique expertise and perspective from an international scholar
  • Internationalization and diversification of the host community
  • Extensive academic and background vetting of each fellowship recipient
  • Logistical and technical support for fellow's travel to the host
  • Support of the fellow and the host partner throughout the fellowship appointment
  • Advice on concerns as they may arise
  • Access to the IIE global network of partnering institutions
  • Opportunities for media recognition for efforts to offer safe haven to threatened scholars
  • Ability to participate in IIE efforts to raise awareness of issues impacting higher education globally

By providing a safe haven for scholars to pursue their work, universities and other accredited institutions have the opportunity to strengthen existing faculty or expand into new areas.

While hosting the scholar, the academic institution provides essential support for the following:

  • A visiting academic appointment, typically for one year;
  • Financial support equal to or greater than the IIE-SRF fellowship award. This support generally takes the form of a stipend or other direct funding for the visiting scholar such as housing, airfare, and meal programs. In-kind contributions – office space, computers, training fees, etc. – are encouraged for a complete scholar support package;
  • Visa sponsorship, if required (generally a visiting scholar visa);
  • Receipt of the IIE-SRF fellowship funds for disbursement to the fellow;
  • Faculty mentoring and staff assistance to help the fellow adjust to the host institution and local community;
  • Assistance to find suitable housing, when possible; and
  • Access to university facilities and libraries.

For more specific information, please visit the Frequent Questions section for host partners.

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