Call for Nominations: Endangered Scholars in Ukraine and Russia

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SGS, in partnership with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), is accepting nominations for a year-long Stanford Scholar Rescue Fund fellowship for scholars who have been affected by the war in Ukraine.

About the Stanford Scholar Rescue Fund

For almost a century, Stanford has worked with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to provide a refuge to scholars around the world who have had to escape conflict or flee persecution because of their research, race, or creed. This year, Stanford established its own Scholar Rescue Fund program, which offers international scholars residencies to pursue research and scholarly or artistic interests in a safe environment. By providing threatened and endangered scholars with emergency assistance, this inaugural program promotes international scholarship and preserves intellectual capital that may otherwise be lost.

In 2022, Stanford Global Studies (SGS) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) will host several scholars from Afghanistan. Currently, SGS, in partnership with the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF), is accepting nominations from schools, departments, and programs across Stanford for scholars who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. The year-long Scholar Rescue Fund fellowship includes a research or teaching appointment at Stanford, a stipend, health insurance coverage, and relocation funding for the scholar and their dependents.


Nominate a Scholar Affected by the War in Ukraine

Please complete this nomination form to nominate a candidate who has been impacted by the war in Ukraine. Any Stanford faculty member can submit a nomination, and nominations are due on Monday, May 16, 2022.

We ask that the Stanford department hosting an endangered scholar helps provide a welcoming intellectual community by sharing opportunities to attend workshops, lectures, and engage with students. The hosting department will work in collaboration with SGS to provide administrative support to bring the scholar to Stanford.

Selection Criteria

We are accepting nominations for professors, researchers, artists, and public intellectuals who are facing threats, persecution, or severe hardship and cannot continue their work in their home countries. Scholars in any academic field or discipline may qualify, and they will be assessed based on their academic qualifications and experience, the quality and/or potential of their work, and the urgency of the threats they face. We encourage nominations of women and members of ethnic, racial, cultural, or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their fields.

We cannot consider nominations for candidates who are seeking to continue their studies; 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; or will have completed two years on a comparable fellowship or other program for threatened scholars.

Selection Process

Stanford’s Scholar Rescue Fund Committee will review each application and select finalists based on the selection criteria. The committee reserves the right to check credentials and accounts of the risks faced.

Once Stanford’s Scholar Rescue Fund Committee selects the finalists, each finalist will need to apply for a fellowship through our partner organization, the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF).

Contact Us

For additional information about Stanford’s Scholar Rescue Fund program, please contact SGS Executive Director Katherine Kuhns at kkuhns [at] (.)