IIE-SRF has released our quarterly call for applications from qualified scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. For consideration in September 2018, application materials must be submitted by July 15, 2018. More information on eligibility and the IIE-SRF application process can be found here.
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) and the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Norway, and Qatar to the United Nations launched "Education under Attack 2018: A Global Study of Attacks on Schools and Universities and their Students and Staff, 2013-2017" on May 10, 2018 at IIE's NYC headquarters. The report shows that attacks on education have worsened in the last five years, becoming more widespread and increasing in some countries. In addition to a panel of high level speakers, the event included a presentation of the findings from Education under Attack 2018 as well as GCPEA’s recent research on the impact of attacks on education on girls and women in Nigeria.
IIE-SRF has released our quarterly call for applications from qualified scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. For consideration in May 2018, application materials must be submitted by April 9, 2018. More information on eligibility and the IIE-SRF application process can be found here.
The third IIE-SRF Forum convened on March 9, 2018 at IIE's New York City headquarters. This day-long event brought together scholars, practitioners, advocates, and university faculty to learn about best practices and engage our networks to help further protect threatened scholars worldwide. For a full agenda of the day's events, please visit the IIE-SRF Forum page.
IIE-SRF is pleased to share application information for our partners at PAUSE (Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil), a French national program that supports Ph.D. candidates, post-doc researchers, and displaced researchers and scientists seeking to work in safety. The program allocates incentive funding to public higher education and research establishments that can host scientist at their institutions in France. Scientists from all geographical origins and academic disciplines are eligible. For eligibility criteria and the application procedures, click here. Host universities/institutions must apply by January 23, 2018.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has announced a third round of funding for its Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI). German universities and research institutions are invited to apply for PSI support to host threatened scholars who are under threat from political persecution and war. Up to 30 fellowships will be available for scholars to continue their research for two to three years at German institutions under the initiative. Applications must be submitted by April 21, 2017. IIE-SRF continues to be a proud partner to PSI, providing German institutions with assistance in identifying and evaluating candidates, pre- and post-arrival advice, and transition support for PSI fellows completing the fellowship. For more information, visit the Philipp Schwartz Initiative website.
Ruth Gruber's 1944 mission to bring 1,000 refugees to the U.S. from war-torn Europe helped to inspire IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund. She earned a doctorate in Germany in 1932 at age 20 with a grant from IIE. The multilingual Gruber became a foreign correspondent and photojournalist and traveled around the world covering stories of rescue and survival. She was the first foreign journalist to report from the Soviet Arctic, interviewing prisoners in Stalin's Gulag. In 1944, while Holocaust raged, DR. Gruber was sent to Europe at President Roosevelt's request, to bring 1,000 refugees from war-torn Italy to haven in Oswego, New York as part of a top-secret U.S. government rescue. With her knowledge of Europe and its languages, Gruber was well equipped for the daring journey, and successfully lobbied Congress and President Truman on the refugees' behalf for their right to remain in America after the war. We are proud to have known Dr. Gruber and extend our sympathy to her family and all whose lives she touched. In her honor, Dr. Gruber's family has requested that contributions be made to the Ruth Gruber Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund. Donations may be made payable to IIE and sent to the philanthropy office, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 or by contacting the IIE Philanthropy office at 646-572-8741 for further information. Funds will be used to support scholars who are facing violence or persecution.
IIE is pleased to announce that leading art business Christie's partnered with the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund for its auction, UNTITLED.
Online Auction: July 28 - August 11
The online auction offered 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 offered 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.
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
Commissions from sales went to support the work of the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.
AAAS will host a symposium on “The Role of Science Diplomacy in International Crises: Syria as a Case Study,” on June 1, 2016. The program will explore the role of science diplomacy in international crisis response and recovery. Along with IIE-SRF Director, Sarah Willcox, an IIE-SRF fellow from Syria will participate on a panel to explore immigration challenges and potential areas of policy reform.
The war in Syria has generated the 21st century’s worst humanitarian crisis, with a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the country’s education sector. On May 17, 2016, the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education hosted a panel discussion on “Higher Education in Syria: Protecting Academia Amid Civil War,” which explored the impact of the Syrian crisis on higher education, and the broader political and security implications for higher education in conflict settings. The panel included an IIE-SRF fellow from Syria; Dr. Rochelle Davis, his Georgetown University host; IIE President and CEO Allan Goodman; and the director of Brookings’ Center for Universal Education.