Eligibility & Criteria

Established professors, researchers and public intellectuals from any country, field or discipline may qualify. Applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, the quality/potential of the candidate's work, and the urgency of threats faced. Preference is given to scholars

  • who are facing or recently fled from immediate, severe and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers in their home countries or countries of residence;
  • with a Ph.D. or other highest degree in their field who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college or other institution of higher learning;
  • who demonstrate superior academic accomplishment or promise;
  • whose selection is likely to benefit the academic community in the home and/or host countries or region

Applications from female scholars and scholars who are members of ethnic, racial, cultural or religious minority groups, or those otherwise underrepresented in their field, are encouraged.

Fellowships are approved by the SRF Selection Committee which convenes at least three (3) times per year. Awards are issued for up to US $25,000, plus individual health insurance. The final fellowship award is dependent upon the location of the host institution, the cost of living, and the value of any additional contributions from the host institution or other source.

Host academic institutions agree to accept the fellowship funds and disburse them to the scholar. In most cases, host partners are required to match the SRF fellowship award through salary/stipend support and/or a combination of salary and in-kind support, such as research materials, and other in-kind assistance.

++Eligibility, criteria, and award levels differ slightly for Iraqi applicants.

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