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.
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.
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.
A number of projects have looked into the reality of higher education for Syrians who have had to leave their homes since 2011. The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund has since dedicated special efforts to supporting Syrian scholars, and has established a number of collaborations that have so far sent 106 of them to 80 institutions in 14 countries.
Opportunities for career advancement are attracting researchers from all over the world to conduct their work in Europe, according to a new article from Nature. One of those researchers is Fellow Dr. Fathiah Zakham, a microbiologist from Yemen. Currently undertaking her fellowship at the University of Helsinki through IIE-SRF’s partnership with the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), Zakham has gained research experience that was not afforded to her in Yemen.
Dr. Jason Hecht is the Associate Director for Academic Programming of Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. With Dr. Hecht's support, Cornell has hosted four IIE-SRF fellows from three countries to date.
This article provides an overview of worldwide efforts to support displaced students and scholars. It breaks down the various new initiatives in the U.S. that are facilitating access to higher education, and gives a thorough summary of the 2019 AACRAO report that features a section on displaced scholars written by IIE-SRF and Scholars at Risk.
IIE-SRF alumnus Alfred Brownell, an environmental and human rights activist, fled his native Liberia after his successful campaign against a foreign palm oil plantation led to death threats and intimidation. Today, he hopes to return after being named one of this year’s winners of the Goldman environmental prize. Brownell is the inaugural occupant of the IIE-SRF Beau Biden Chair.
Canada has played a major role in acting as a safe haven for at-risk academics. As a partner of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), Canada has enabled almost 30 professors, researchers and scientists to come to universities across Canada to continue their work.
Since the Scholar Rescue Fund first enlisted the help of AAAS On-call Scientists in 2015, volunteers from a range of scientific disciplines have fulfilled 50 requests to review a scholar's work. “The feedback that we get from scientists in the program can really be integral to helping us understand a scholar's background," says IIE-SRF assistant director Emily Borzcik.
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