Scholarship Overview

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) offers a lifeline to endangered scholars by providing fully funded fellowships for those who face threats to their lives or careers. The IIE-SRF fellowship, available for doctoral research studies across any discipline, aims to support scholars with a grant of up to US$25,000 for up to one year, including individual health insurance. This fellowship not only ensures scholars' safety but also enables them to continue their valuable academic work in a secure environment.

Host Institution(s)

Fellowships are hosted by partner institutions worldwide, including universities and higher education facilities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and other globally recognized academic institutions. These host partners are committed to offering a safe and conducive research environment for scholars under threat.


The IIE-SRF fellowship is open to applicants from any academic discipline aiming to pursue doctoral research studies. It supports a broad spectrum of academic pursuits, fostering diversity in research and academic contributions.

Scholarship Value

The fellowship provides up to US$25,000 to cover the visiting academic appointment, individual health insurance, and potentially other costs depending on the host institution's location, cost of living, and additional contributions. This financial support is pivotal in ensuring the scholar's focus remains on academic pursuits during their fellowship period.


To be eligible for the IIE-SRF Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be professors, senior researchers, or public intellectuals from any country and discipline.
  • Demonstrate academic qualifications, quality/potential of work, and face severe threats in their home country or place of residence.
  • Preference is given to those who hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field with significant teaching or research experience, have faced recent threats, show academic excellence, and can contribute positively to their home and host academic communities.

Application Instructions

Applicants can apply directly or have a third party submit on their behalf. Required materials include an application form, academic statement, current CV, personal statement, two academic/professional and two personal letters of reference, a copy of the Ph.D. or higher degree, samples of recent publications, and a letter from a potential host institution. All materials should be submitted via email, fax, or post, addressed to the Scholar Rescue Fund at the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017-3580, USA. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

The IIE-SRF Fellowship stands as a beacon of hope for scholars in peril, ensuring the continuation of their academic work while promoting the free exchange of ideas and knowledge across borders.