Fully Funded IIE-SRF Fellowship 2024

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Grade Level Undergraduate
Country Varies
Eligible Nationalities All countries
Required Language English
Sponsors IIE-SRF
Award $25,000
Application Deadline  Rolling


Are you a student seeking an exciting opportunity or scholarship to support your degree program? The Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) inviting online application for IIE-SRF PhD Fellowship.

Don’t let this fantastic chance pass you by by missing the application deadline! In this article, we’ll go over this scholarship program’s features, benefits, and step-by-step application process. 

About Scholarship

The Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) of the Institute of International Education is the only global program that arranges, funds, and supports fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions around the world.

The USD $25,000 fellowships support temporary academic positions at institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world where IIE-SRF fellows can continue their safety work. IIE-SRF fellows are usually eligible to apply for a second and final year of fellowship support.

Program of Study

PhD applicants from any discipline can apply to the fellowship.


The Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent not-for-profit organization, has supported opportunities for persecuted scholars since its founding in 1919. In 2002, IIE launched the Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) to formalize its commitment to protecting the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe.

IIE-SRF selects outstanding professors, researchers, and public intellectuals for fellowship support and arranges visiting academic positions with partnering institutions of higher learning and research. Our fellowships enable scholars to pursue their academic work in safety and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community.

Scholarship Coverage

  • The IIE-SRF fellowship award includes a grant of up to US$25,000 (most awards are eligible for renewal for a second and final year)
  • Individual health insurance coverage
  • Funding for relocation to the host institution

Eligibility Criteria

IIE-SRF accepts applications from professors, researchers, and public intellectuals who face threats and cannot continue their work in their home countries. Scholars from any country and in any academic field or discipline may qualify. 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.

Limitation of IIE-SRF Fellowship

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.

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Required Documents

  • Scholarship Application Form
  • Academic statement
  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Two Recommendation Letter
  • A copy of your Ph.D. or highest degree.
  • Samples of your most current research publications.
  • English Language Proficiency Test
  • Work experience (if any)
  • Other documents (honors, awards,…) if any

How to Apply?

Please submit all application materials via email to srf@iie.org. If you do not have access to email, you may send your materials via fax or post. Address:

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

FAQ About Scholarship

Can scholars from any country apply?

Yes, a scholar from any country may apply.

How long is the fellowship term?

The IIE-SRF fellowship term typically ranges from 9 to 12 months. The fellowship term is ultimately determined by the needs of hosts and fellows. Fellows are eligible to apply for a renewal of the fellowship for up to one additional year of financial support.

Can scholars from any academic field/discipline apply?

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

What types of threat qualify?

Targeted persecution due to scholarship, identity, or beliefs – leading to a scholar’s inability to continue their academic work in this home country – are qualifying threats. Such persecution may include intimidation, harassment, repression, censorship, arrest/imprisonment, or violence.

Scholars facing general insecurity, instability, or civil conflict that affects the whole population of a country or region may also qualify. A lack of resources or support for research or a general lack of opportunities for career advancement would unfortunately not qualify a person for IIE-SRF support.

Official Notification

Disclaimer: This is one-page summary of the scholarship not a official scholarship page. Although we make every effort to maintain the information current and accurate, changes may occur at any time without prior warning. We strongly encourage you to check the official scholarship page for the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive information. You solely bear the risk for any reliance you place on information obtained from NotesBard.com.

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