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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 857 scholars from 60 countries in partnership with 417 host institutions in 47 countries.

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

Monday, March 16, 2020

  • IIE marks the 100th anniversary of its first scholar rescue effort

Thursday, February 13, 2020

  • IIE-SRF responds to rise in applications from Cameroon
  • Q&A with IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) editor Barbara Jasny
  • Seven 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.

August 29, 2019

Dr. Barakatullo Ashurov of Tajikistan named this year’s IIE-SRF Beau Biden Scholar

Linguist and historian Dr. Barakatullo Ashurov of Tajikistan has been named the 2019 IIE-SRF Beau Biden Scholar. This distinction is awarded annually to an IIE-SRF Fellow who embodies the legacy of Beau Biden, the former Attorney General of Delaware, in pursuing justice and safeguarding vulnerable populations.