News and Events

PAUSE applications open through September 25

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. For eligibility criteria and the application procedures, click here. Host universities/institutions must apply by September 25, 2018

AAAS Higher Education and Human Rights Symposium: July 12-13

On July 12-13, AAAS will convene a symposium on higher education and human rights at their headquarters. Speakers, including IIE-SRF fellow Mustafa Bahran of Yemen, will address issues many academic institutions are now tackling: protecting scientific and academic freedom on globally connected campuses. Click here to RSVP or read more about the agenda.

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Call for Applications: IIE-SRF Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

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.

Supporting displaced scholars through the At-Risk & Refugee Scholar Membership Initiative

By Teresa Stoepler, Karly Kehoe, Anina Rich, Eva Aisic, and Jan-Christoph Heilinger

The Global Young Academy (GYA) published an overview of their recent activities working with at-risk and refugee scholars in GYA Connections. GYA's peer mentorship program connects these scholars with their counterparts in other countries in partnership with IIE-SRF, The World Academy of Sciences, Scholars At Risk, and other organizations.

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Fellow Melissa Bilal of Turkey Co-Chairs Feminism & Armenian Studies Conference

Armenian Weekly describes the April 7th conference “Feminist Interventions in Armenian Studies/Armenian Interventions in Feminist Studies” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), co-chaired by IIE-SRF Fellow Melissa Bilal. An ethnomusicologist and historian from Turkey, Dr. Bilal joined a group of women scholars from the US, Canada, the UK, and Armenia to discuss the intersection of feminism and Armenian history. The Dilenschneider Award sponsored the conference in conjunction with MIT and others.
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IIE Hosts Education under Attack 2018 on May 10, 2018

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.

Read more from Inside Higher Ed and Al-Fanar Media.

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IIE-SRF Scholar from India Speaks at Connecticut College Founder's Day

To conclude Connecticut College's Founder's Day ceremony, Binalakshmi Nepram, the college’s Rescue Scholar-in-Residence, spoke about the work she has done as a human rights and disarmament activist in her home country of India, and how vital exposure to global education is for the next generation of peace advocates.

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"Why Every University Should Take in Refugee Students and Scholars": Interview with IIE's Allan Goodman and Katherine Miller

By Kim Bode

In an interview with Refugees Deeply, IIE's President & CEO Allan Goodman and IIE-PEER's Katherine Miller speak about current projects that aim either to help more refugee students access higher education or protect refugee scholars. Their conversation links major challenges such as documentation, funding, and language support for refugee students and scholars alike, particularly in relation to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Displaced Scientists Strive to Restart Professional Lives in New Lands

By Toni Feder

For four displaced scientists from Syria and Yemen, IIE-SRF fellowships were a means to ensuring their security and restarting their careers. A new publication in Physics Today tracks the journeys of these four IIE-SRF scholars, representing the record number of scientists who have had to flee their home countries during this unprecedented global migration crisis. 

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Interview with IIE-SRF Scholar Mustafa Bahran in Physics Today

By Toni Feder

This full-length interview with IIE-SRF scholar Mustafa Bahran of Yemen, a professor of nuclear physics, follows his education, career development, and journey to escape conflicted Yemen. Despite his many accomplishments, Dr. Bahran fled his home country to ensure his and his family's safety, and also continue his scientific work -- without a certain future. 

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