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A legacy of rescue. A beacon of hope.

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund® (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide. At the heart of IIE-SRF is the idea that each scholar we support is a beacon of hope in our world.

Building upon IIE's century-long legacy of assisting students and scholars under threat, IIE-SRF has since 2002 supported 868 scholars from 60 countries in partnership with 419 host institutions in 46 countries.

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • IIE scholar rescue past and present: Supporting champions of human rights and social justice
  • SRF awards fellowships to 11 new scholars from 3 countries
  • Help support scholars in need with a gift to IIE-SRF

Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • From the IIE scholar rescue archives: Nobel Prize recipient and physicist Felix Bloch
  • Remembering scholar, playwright, and IIE-SRF alumnus Riad Ismat
  • Fresh food in the desert: Alumnus Dr. Moaed Al Meselmani of Syria leads innovative agricultural project
  • Five fellows and alumni accept post-fellowship positions

March 18, 2020

A note from IIE-SRF about COVID-19

As we monitor the impact of COVID-19 and its effects on communities and higher education worldwide, IIE-SRF is continuing to closely work with and provide support to our fellows and partners. We remain committed to continuing to provide life-saving support and academic opportunities to threatened and displaced scholars.

IIE is monitoring information and following guidance in real time from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and local governments. At this time, IIE is operating and open globally, and IIE-SRF team members are working virtually. IIE-SRF fellows and partners may contact their IIE-SRF program officer or program representative with any questions or concerns.

June 29, 2020

GCPEA to launch “Education Under Attack 2020” report on July 9

You’re invited to join the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) as it releases the 2020 edition of its flagship report, "Education Under Attack". Together with the permanent missions of Argentina, Norway, Qatar, and Spain, GCPEA will present the results of the report, which studied targeted and indiscriminate attacks on schools and universities, their students, and staff that occured from 2017 – 2019.

Among the noted speakers at the virtual event will include Ms. Abeer Pamuk, a Syrian student and recent graduate of Brandeis University who received support from the IIE PEER initiative. IIE PEER helps displaced and refugee students build a sustainable future through educational opportunities.

Register by July 8 for the event, which will take place on Thursday, July 9th from 9:00 – 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time.