Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) fellowships

This program was announced by AERA last week. I don’t know much about it, but thought you might find it of interest:

We are pleased to announce IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF)
fellowships for threatened academics whose lives and work are in
danger in their home country. Professors, researchers and lecturers
from any country or field may apply. We invite you to refer suitable
candidates, and ask for your help in forwarding the announcement to
any academic colleagues who may be interested.

In addition, we are eager to identify new partner institutions
interested in hosting SRF fellowship recipients as visiting scholars,
professors or researchers. We would especially like to invite
participation from universities, colleges and academic research
centers outside of the U.S.

Apply or nominate a candidate for SRF fellowship support

Fellowships for Threatened Academics: Professors, Researchers and Lecturers

Application Deadline: June 15th, 2009

The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund
(SRF) provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and
work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit
professors, researchers and other senior academics to find temporary
refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling
them to pursue their academic work. During the fellowship, conditions
in a scholars home country may improve, permitting safe return after
the fellowship; if safe return is not possible, the scholar may use
the fellowship period to identify a longer-term opportunity.

How The Scholar Rescue Fund Works:

Professors, established researchers and other senior academics from
any country, field or discipline may qualify. Preference is given to
scholars with a Ph.D. or other highest degree in their field; who have
extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college or
other institution of higher learning; who demonstrate superior
academic accomplishment or promise; who are facing or have recently
fled from direct and immediate threats; and whose selection is likely
to benefit the academic community in the home and/or host country or
region. Applications from female scholars and under-represented groups
are strongly encouraged.

Fellowships are awarded for visiting academic positions ranging from 3
months to 1 calendar year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000,
plus individual health coverage.

Fellowships are disbursed through host academic institutions for
direct support of scholar-grantees. In most cases, host campuses are
asked to match the SRF fellowship award through partial salary/stipend
support, and/or housing, research materials, and other in-kind

Applications are accepted at any time. Non-emergency applications will
be considered according to the following schedule:

Summer 2009: Applications received by June 15th; decision by July 31st.

Fall 2009: Applications received by September 15th; decision by October 31st.

To apply, please download the information and application materials

Scholar Rescue Fund – For Scholars

For universities and colleges interested in hosting an SRF scholar:

Scholar Rescue Fund – For Hosts

To learn more about the application process, please visit: Applying to SRF

To contact the Scholar Rescue Fund please email

Join SRF and bring a scholar to your campus

SRF fellowship recipients are established academics from 40 different
countries who represent a diverse array of disciplines and academic
experience. Many prestigious institutions around the globe have
welcomed SRF scholars to their campuses and provided the safe haven
vital to allowing a scholar to resume his or her academic activities.
While on fellowship, scholars may teach courses, conduct research,
facilitate seminars and offer guest lectures and presentations.
Smaller colleges and large research institutions have reaped the
benefits of hosting SRF scholars who bring compelling professional and
personal experiences to their host communities.

For more information on how to host, please visit: Hosting an SRF Scholar

Please contact us at:
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships
809 U.N. Plaza
New York, New York 10017
Tel: (USA) 1-212-205-6486
Fax: (USA) 1-212-205-6425


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