Deadline: April 5, 2021

Applications are open for the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowship 2021-2022. 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.

These year-long fellowships of $25,000USD support temporary academic positions at institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world where IIE-SRF fellows can continue their work in safety. In most cases, IIE-SRF fellows are eligible to apply for a second and final year of fellowship support.

Fellowship

The IIE-SRF fellowship package includes the following:

  • A yearlong research and/or teaching appointment at a higher education institution in a safe location anywhere in the world;
  • A fellowship grant of up to $25,000 (most awards are eligible for renewal for a second and final year);
  • Individual health insurance coverage;
  • Funding for relocation to the host institution;
  • Professional development support through resource guides and access to academic networks; CV and cover letter review; letters of reference; career mentorship and advising on post-fellowship opportunities; and (in some cases) financial support for conference attendance and language training;
  • Opportunities through IIE-SRF or partner events, media, or other venues to share or promote the fellow’s academic work and/or speak about their home country;
  • Dedicated support from IIE-SRF and its partners – before, during, and after the fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Open to professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats and cannot continue their work in their home countries.
  • Scholars from any country and in any academic field or discipline may qualify.

Preference is given to scholars who:

  • hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in their field and have significant teaching and/or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning;
  • have an established record of published research;
  • demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise;
  • are facing or have recently fled from immediate, targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence;
  • will benefit their home and/or host academic communities.

Assessment Criteria

Applicants are assessed based on academic qualifications and experience, the quality and/or potential of their work, and the urgency of the threats that they face.

Application

The required application materials include:

  • Application Coversheet
  • Current CV or resume.
  • Academic statement
  • Personal statement
  • Reference letters
  • A copy of your PhD or highest degree
  • Samples of your most current research publications
  • If you have already secured a commitment from a university or other institution to host your fellowship, please provide a letter from the host indicating their intent to host, if you are awarded. Please note that this is not a requirement.

Scholars can apply by sending the required application materials to us directly at [email protected] In cases where a scholar is unable to submit the application, a third party may send the materials on their behalf.

For more information, see FAQ and visit IIE-SRF Fellowship.

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