IIE-SRF Fellowship Program 2022-2023

Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund — IIE-SRF Fellowship Program 2022-2023 is now available for all interested people worldwide.

The IIE-SRF fellowship is the only global fellowship program that puts in place and funds fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.

The amount given to recipients of the IIE-SRF fellowship is $25,000 which is meant to support temporary academic positions at institutions of higher learning anywhere i the world where IIE-SRF fellows can continue their various works in safely.

IIE-SRF Fellowship Program 2022-2023
IIE-SRF Fellowship Program 2022-2023

The IIE-SRF was founded in 2002 and since then, it has received over 3,000 requests for assistance from scholars in over 100 countries.

IIE-SRF fellowships award has been given to 931 scholars from 60 countries, placing them in 438 host partner institutions in 51 counties around the world.

Usually, IIE-SRF fellows are eligible to apply for a second and final year of fellowship support.

IIE-SRF accepts applications from professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats and cannot continue their work in their home countries.

Please in the rest of the article, we shall explain into details the application process, eligibility and criteria for selection.

IIE-SRF Fellowship Program 2022-2023 Summary

Level of Study:PhD (Doctoral)
Study in:Host Partners
Courses offered:Applicants from any discipline can apply for this fellowship
Program period:1 to 2 years.
Deadline:All year round (open)

Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowship Program Coverage

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowship Program fellowship covers:

  • an amount up to $25,000
  • an individual health insurance
  • a visiting academic appointment of up to one year (renewable for a second year).
  • The final fellowship amount is dependent on several factors such as the location of the host institution, the cost of living, and the value of any additional contributions from the host institution of other source(s).

Eligibility and Criteria for IIE-SRF fellowship

Interested people in the IIE-SRF fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Eligible countries: All countries in the world
  • professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats and cannot continue their work in their home countries are accepted by the IIE-SRF.
  • Scholars from any country and in any academic field or discipline may qualify.
  • 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.

Please kindly note that 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.

Note: The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowship Program encourage applications from women and members of ethnic, racial, cultural, or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their fields.

Unfortunately, IIE-SRF typically cannot consider applications from individuals who:

  • are seeking to continue their studies, including Ph.D. study, or to complete an academic training program;
  • have been displaced or have resided outside their home countries for more than two years;
  • hold citizenship or permanent residency in a safe second country;
  • will have completed two years on a comparable fellowship or other program for threatened scholars.

The IIE-SRF is a hot cake as such, its assistance is highly demanded worldwide. Due to this, they are not able to provide assistance to all the applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements. If you are not accepted, you can try again later. May be you might be lucky.

Please direct any inquiries regarding eligibility to [email protected].

IIE-SRF Fellowship Program Instructions and Application

Scholars can apply for the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowship Programby sending the required application materials to directly to at [email protected].

In cases where a scholar is unable to submit the application, a third party may send the materials on their behalf.

The required application materials include:

  1. Application Coversheet
  2. Current CV or resume. Please be sure your CV includes the following information:
    • Academic degrees (degree-granting institution, field, and date of degree award);
    • Current position (location, dates of employment, professional title, and responsibilities);
    • Previous academic positions (in chronological order, including location, dates of employment, professional title, and responsibilities);
    • A detailed list of your academic publications (journal articles, books, chapters, exhibitions, etc.) including full citations with the name of publication, authors, title of work, date of publication, and page numbers, if possible;
    • Other relevant academic work (including supervision of master’s and Ph.D. theses, conference presentations, grants/honors/awards, professional affiliations, etc.).
  3. Academic statement. Please provide a thorough statement detailing your academic and professional background and experience, including a thorough description of your academic research interests. Please be sure to include a description of the activities that you have undertaken in your academic positions as well as an explanation of the activities (research, teaching, publishing, etc.) you would undertake during a fellowship. Your academic statement should be a minimum of one page.
  4. Personal statement. Please provide a thorough statement explaining why you are applying to IIE-SRF for support. Include a clear and detailed account of the threats or risks that you have been facing and the reasons that you cannot continue your work in your home country at this time. Your personal statement should be a minimum of one page.
  5. Reference letters. IIE-SRF requires a minimum of three (3) reference letters that contain the elements listed below. In some cases, additional letters may be requested. Letters from colleagues both inside and outside of your home country are preferred. Please note that IIE-SRF requires original reference letters. Letters should not use identical text, and each referee should speak to their specific knowledge of your academic background and/or circumstances. When possible, please have your referees compose their letters on official letterhead and send them to IIE-SRF directly at [email protected].
    1. Two (2) academic/professional letters of reference from academic or professional colleagues who can speak in detail to your research, publications, teaching, or other academic experience. When appropriate, letters should describe your unique expertise and contributions to specific intellectual issues or questions.
    2. Two (2) personal letters of reference from colleagues or other persons who are aware of your circumstances and can describe the threats that you have been facing.
  6. A copy of your Ph.D. or highest degree.
  7. Samples of your most current research publications.
  8. 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.

To begin assessing an application, IIE-SRF must receive the application coversheet, a current CV, academic statement, and personal statement. The remaining materials may be sent at a later time.

Please note that all application materials submitted to IIE-SRF must be original and unique to an applicant’s particular academic background and circumstances. IIE-SRF will not accept academic or personal statements that share identical language with the statements of other applicants to IIE-SRF.

Any language or background information borrowed from the internet or other outside source should be cited to credit the original source.

Please submit all application materials via email to [email protected]. If you do not have access to email, you may send your materials via fax or post.


Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education
One World Trade Center, 36th Floor
New York, New York 10007

Fax: +1-212-205-6425

IIE-SRF Fellowship Program Deadlines

The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowship Program Selection Committee meets to consider applications and award fellowships on a quarterly basis. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, though IIE-SRF will establish quarterly deadlines by which a scholar must apply to be considered for a specific selection meeting.

Application deadline for September 2021 selection meeting: July 12, 2021.

IIE-SRF Fellowship Program Application Review

IIE-SRF Fellowship Program conducts a thorough review of each applicant’s application materials to assess their experience, the quality of scholarly work, and the nature and urgency of the threat in the applicant’s home country. In doing so, IIE-SRF may contact the applicant’s references and/or other sources, such as independent experts on the applicant’s academic field, country of origin, or the particulars of the reported threat. (IIE-SRF will never share Identifying information about an applicant without their permission.)

In many cases, Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) Fellowship Program will follow up with an applicant directly for additional information about their academic work and/or their situation in their home country, in order to gain a full understanding of their scholarly background, individual circumstances, and need for the IIE-SRF fellowship.

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