Scholar Rescue Fund Offers Support for Scholars at Risk in Iraq and Afghanistan

AHA Staff, November 2005

The Scholar Rescue Fund (of the International Institute of Education), which provides assistance to scholars at risk worldwide, has announced that it has received additional funds specifically for assisting scholars in and from Iraq and Afghanistan, and invites nominations of suitable candidates.

Nominators are asked to provide (by e-mail, fax, or mail) whatever information is available on a particular candidate—a name, home university or city, contact information, c.v., department or field of study, or other professional information, and any background is available about the candidate's current situation. The nominees do not need to have a PhD. Nominations can be submitted at any time. Selected scholars may be placed at an appropriate institution anywhere in the world. The fund was launched to protect and support scholars whose lives and careers may be threatened by oppressive circumstances. For details about the fund, visit www.iie.org/srf/home.

The Scholars at Risk Network and the Open Society Institute support the work of the Scholar Rescue Fund. A nonprofit organization now based at New York University, Scholars at Risk promotes academic freedom and defends the human rights of scholars worldwide. Since its launch in June 2000, more than 90 institutions ranging from Ivy League research universities to small liberal arts colleges have joined the Network. SAR also collaborates with a wide range of professional associations and nongovernmental organizations, both domestic and international. SAR will work with the fund to identify and place candidates at Network institutions (for details about the SAR, visit the SAR web site, http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu and also see Wendi Maloney, “Academic Rebels Far from Home,” Academe September-October 2004).