The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is taking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the IIE-SRF Fellowship Program in the United States in 2021.
The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is the only international program that organizes and funds fellowship award programs for threatened and displaced academics at partnering higher academic institutions globally. These year-long fellowship programs support temporary academic roles at institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world where IIE-SRF fellows can keep doing their work in safety. In most cases, IIE-SRF fellows are qualified to put in for a second and final year of fellowship award support.
All over the world, scholars have long suffered persecution, detention, torture, and other forms of harassment as a result of their work. In the worst situations, scholars pay with their lives for their devotion to their academic undertakings and freedom of thought.
Since 2002, IIE-SRF has gotten over 3,000 requests for assistance from scholars in more than 100 nations. They have awarded IIE-SRF Fellowship Program to 916 scholars from 60 countries, placing them at 433 host partner institutions in 50 countries all over the world.
Worth of IIE-SRF Fellowship Program
The IIE-SRF Fellowship Program is worth $25,000.
Eligibility for IIE-SRF Fellowship Program
IIE-SRF takes applications from professors, researchers, and public scholars who face intimidations and cannot continue their work in their home nations. Scholars from any nation and in any academic discipline or field may qualify. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic qualifications and experience, the quality and/or potential of their work, and the importance of the threats that they face.
Preference is given to scholars who:
- hold a Ph.D. degree or utmost degree in their field and possess substantial teaching and/or research experience at a university, college, or other recognized higher academic institution;
- possess a proven 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.
- Applications from women and members of ethnic, cultural, racial, or religious minority groups, or those underrepresented in their fields are encouraged.
Regrettably, IIE-SRF typically cannot give consideration to applications from persons who:
- are looking to continue their studies, like Ph.D. study, or to undergo 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.
Due to high demand for aid, IIE-SRF is not able to award fellowship award support to all candidates who satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria.
How to Apply for IIE-SRF Fellowship Program
The required application materials for the IIE-SRF Fellowship Program include:
- Application Coversheet
- 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, the title of work, date of publication, and page numbers, if possible;
- Other relevant academic work (including supervision of master’s and Ph.D. theses, grants / honors / awards, conference presentations, professional affiliations, etc.).
Other materials include
- Academic statement.
- Personal statement.
- Reference letters.
- A copy of your Ph.D. or highest degree.
- Samples of your most recent research papers.
The application closing date for September 2021 selection meeting is July 12, 2021.
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