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IIE: New German Initiative Launched to Support Threatened Scholars
The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is honoured to partner with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on its launch of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative. With funding available beginning in summer 2016, the Initiative will allow up to 20 scientists and scholars who are under threat from political persecution and war to continue their research for two to three years at German universities and research institutions. IIE-SRF will provide partnering institutions with assistance in identifying and evaluating candidates, pre- and post-arrival advice, and transition support for scholars going off the fellowship. In addition, IIE-SRF will collaborate with the Humboldt Foundation and Scholars at Risk to organize events for German universities, with IIE-SRF in particular aiming to convey best practices in scholar rescue to German institutions. The launch of the Phillip Schwartz Initiative comes at a critical time when scholars around the world need sanctuary from persecution and violence more than ever.
Application deadline: 31 March 2016
On 26 January CIMO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of International Education in New York for becoming a partner in the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF). With this new initiative CIMO will in collaboration with IIE-SRF provide scholarships for threatened scholars from Syria and Iraq. The purpose of this new scholarship initiative is to support individual academics from Syria and Iraq in pursuing their academic career and contributing to the wider academic community in Finland. In the long run we at CIMO see the SRF activities also as a way of contributing to the capacity building of Higher Education in Syria and the region by creating long-lasting networks between SRF scholarship holders and HE community in Finland. It is expected that over the coming three years approximately five scholarship holders would come to Finland through the SRF.