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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.

March 16, 2020
IIE-SRF fellow from Yemen honored with OSWD-Elsevier award

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.

March 4, 2020
Meet the Sheffield Scientists behind the Desert Garden appeal
IIE-SRF alumnus Moaed Al Meselmani is leading an innovative project at the University of Sheffield Institute for Sustainable Food in the UK. He and his colleagues launched the Desert Garden project to help farmers displaced from Syria to continue growing their crops in refugee camps – with the aid of discarded mattresses! This approach – which has enabled crops to grow and flourish in dry climates such as the Jordanian desert – requires less water and fertilizer than are required with traditional farming methods. In a recent interview, Dr. Al Meselmani explained, "The Desert Garden project gives people the tools and skills they need to grow their own fresh produce and gain future employment, as well as boosting their mental health - it connects people with home and gives them hope for the future." Dr. Al Meselmani is currently a visiting researcher at Sheffield, where he also undertook IIE-SRF fellowships from 2015 to 2017.
January 24, 2020
Boston College a haven for visiting scholar
BC News

IIE-SRF's 2019 Beau Biden Scholar Barakatullo Ashurov is profiled in this article about his experience at his host instituion, Boston College. Having faced faced censorship and the threat of imprisonment in his native Tajikistan for his "efforts to prioritize the community-centered documentation and preservation of minority languages and cultural expressions," Dr. Ahsurov explains that he has relished the opportunity to resume his work at BC and at Harvard University, where he undertook his first-year IIE-SRF fellowship. While at BC, Dr. Ashurov has taught courses on the political and cultural history of Tajikistan, Zoroastrianism, and Sogdian sociolinguistics. He is also writing a book that explores the history of Christianity in Central Asia from an ethnolinguistic and ethnocultural perspective.

November 25, 2019
Displaced youth find place on Vassar campus
The Miscellany News

This article shares Vassar College's efforts to support threatened and displaced academics and students. Vassar became an IIE-SRF host partner for the first time in October 2019, welcoming to campus an IIE-SRF scholar of microbiology from Nigeria.

November 25, 2019
From Syria to Saskatchewan – food scientist becomes part of an exciting agrifood startup
Alumna Rana Mustafa of Syria describes her journey from Syria to Saskatchewan, Canada in this new video. Unable to continue her work in Syria amidst the civil conflict, Dr. Mustafa undertook her IIE-SRF fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan, where she is now working as a researcher.
November 25, 2019
"A great ambassador for UiA"
University of Agder

Alumna Eqbal Dauqan of Yemen has been awarded the 2019 Cross-Cultural Bridge Builder at the University of Agder in Norway! Dr. Dauqan, an associate professor of biochemistry at UIA, was recognized for her ability to "seize every opportunity to create multicultural relationships and [promote] a common understanding and greater cultural tolerance." She undertook IIE-SRF fellowship appointments at the National University of Malaysia.

September 3, 2019
Biochemistry in a conflict zone

Yemeni biochemist Eqbal Dauqan conducted research while bombs dropped during the country’s 2015 civil war. Support from IIE-SRF and Scholars at Risk led her to a career in Europe.

August 29, 2019
A helping hand: Persecuted and at-risk academics need more support
Research Europe

This article from Research Europe summarizes the discussions had at the ACA Secretariat and GREET meeting Brussels, Belgium, on June 13-14. “Scholars at risk are the future leaders of their countries. Given opportunities they will develop skills such as critical thinking.” said a participant and IIE-SRF Fellow from Yemen.

August 29, 2019
Connecticut College hosts ‘scholars in exile’ for retreat
The Day

When academics around the world find themselves displaced from their home countries amid war and personal threats of violence, the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund steps in to help place them in fellowships at universities elsewhere.