Fellowships for Threatened Scholars, IIE 2019 by Insitute of International Education


A scholarship worth INR 1723000

What are Fellowships for Threatened Scholars, IIE 2019?

The Insitute of International Education (IIE) is offering Fellowships for Threatened Scholars to professors, researchers, and public intellectuals facing threats to their lives or careers. The applicants can be from any country, field, or discipline. The fellowships will support temporary academic positions at universities and other higher education institutions anywhere in the world where scholars can continue their academic work in safety. The selected candidate will receive fellowship worth up to USD 25,000 and other benefits. The fellowship program aims to protect the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe and has awarded fellowships to almost 800 scholars from 59 countries, arranging visiting academic positions at nearly 400 partner institutions in 44 countries.


Who is offering this scholarship?

International Institute of Education (IIE) is offering this fellowship.


Who can apply for this scholarship?

To be eligible, the applicants must:

  • Be professors, researchers, or public intellectuals from any country, field etc.
  • Be facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats
  • Hold a PhD in their field (preferred)
  • Have extensive teaching or research experience at an institution of higher learning

Note: Women and scholars from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


What are the benefits?

The fellowships cover the following:

  • Awards up to USD 25,000
  • Individual health insurance coverage
  • Funding for relocation to the host country
  • Professional development and advising resources
  • Dedicated support from IIE-SRF


How can you apply?

Follow the steps below to apply for the fellowship:

Step 1: Visit the application portal and read the instructions.

Step 2: Compile an "Application coversheet" including CV, academic statement, personal statement, two academic references and two personal references.

Step 3: The cover sheet should also include a copy of the PhD or higher degree and samples of the most current writing or research publications.

Step 4: Submit the complete application with all the necessary application materials by mail to the srf@iie.org.

Step 5: Alternatively, applications can also be sent by post to the following address:

Scholar Rescue Fund

Institute of International Education

809 United Nations Plaza

New York, New York 10017-3580


Note: Submissions by email will be preferred.


What are the documents required for the Fellowships for Threatened Scholars, IIE 2019?

  • Application coversheet
  • Current CV
  • Academic statement
  • Personal statement
  • Two academic/professional letters of reference
  • Two personal letters of reference
  • Copy of PhD or higher degree
  • Research publication samples
  • Letter from an accredited institution of higher learning that may be able to host the candidate's fellowship (not compulsory)


What are the selection criteria?

During the application process, IIE-SRF conducts a thorough review of the scholar’s application materials and may contact the applicant’s referees as well as other sources, such as independent experts on the country of origin or the particulars of the reported threat. 

Applications to IIE-SRF, considered highly confidential, are not shared beyond the IIE-SRF program without the explicit permission of the applicant.

All applicants considered for fellowship support are screened against a database containing the names of individuals, groups, and entities that are on major global sanctions, money laundering, and law enforcement watch lists.



Q. Can scholars from any country apply? 

A. Yes, a scholar from any country may apply. 

Q. Can scholars from any academic field/discipline apply? 

A. Yes, scholars from any academic field/discipline may apply. 

Q. What types of threat qualify?

A. Any persecution or violence due to a scholar’s scholarship, identity, or beliefs would qualify. This may include intimidation, harassment, repression, censorship, unjust punishment or violence arising out of a scholar’s work, and/or exercise of his/her fundamental human rights. 

Q. What type of academic training or experience is required? 

A. Professors, established researchers, and public intellectuals may qualify. Preference is given to scholars with a PhD or highest degree in their field, who have been employed in scholarly activities at an accredited institution of higher learning.


Terms and Conditions

  • The April 1st deadline is for consideration for June 2019.
  • Because of high demand, fellowships won't be given to everyone fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria.
  • The fellowships are disbursed through partnering universities, colleges, or research institutes that provide a safe haven for IIE-SRF fellows to continue their academic work in safety.
  • IIE-SRF typically does not consider applications from individuals who have been displaced or in exile for more than two years, or who hold citizenship in a second country.
  • The fellowships are awarded quarterly.


Contact details

Scholar Rescue Fund

Institute of International Education

809 United Nations Plaza

New York, New York 10017-3580

USAPhone: +1-212-205-6486

E-mail: srf@iie.org




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Up to INR 1723000





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