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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 46 countries.

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

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

Thursday, April 23, 2020

  • Threatened scholars supported by IIE make invaluable contributions to medicine and public health
  • Microbiologist Fathiah Zakham of Yemen honored with award for women scientists in the developing world
  • IIE-SRF Selection Committee awards fellowships to 13 new scholars from 6 countries
  • Four first-time host institutions welcomed IIE-SRF fellows in winter 2019

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.

April 10, 2020

Dr. Fathiah Zakham from Yemen named a winner of OWSD-Elsevier Foundation award for women scientists

The Finnish National Agency for Education and (EDUFI) and IIE-SRF would like to congratulate Dr. Fathiah Zakham, who has been named a winner of the 2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World! Dr. Zakham, a microbiologist from Hodeidah University in Yemen, was honored with the award for her work using biotechnology and bioengineering to develop rapid, accurate and cheap tools for the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis and other emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Zakham is an IIE-SRF fellow and EDUFI scholarship holder who is currently undertaking an appointment at the University of Helsinki.