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Incoming Chairman, Scholar Rescue Fund
President and Chairman, Institute of International Education
66 countries have been considered during 55 Selection Committee meetings. Cumulatively, over 697
fellowship grants to 457 scholars from 48 countries
have been awarded. The Scholar Rescue Fund has
arranged for scholar placement at more than 270
host institutions in 40 countries and has developed
The Institute of International Education
has been rescuing scholars since 1919. In the
1930s, the illustrious American broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, then IIE’s Assistant Director,
led IIE’s successful effort to save hundreds of European scholars from Nazi persecution.
Regrettably, our efforts waned after the Second
World War because we lacked a permanent fund
and the permanent resolve to address the blight
on civilization known as academic repression.
Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Scholar
Rescue Fund founders, for the past ten years we
have been back in full operation, saving the lives
and careers of many hundreds of academics and
Sadly, scholar rescue is a growth industry. With
Henry Jarecki as our Chairman Emeritus, and with
the continuing support of our wonderful donors
and friends, I shall endeavor to lead the Scholar
Rescue Fund to expand and continue to raise the
level of our performance, with one essential goal: to
provide support and safe haven to the ﬁnest scholars, whenever and wherever they are in trouble.
I am honored and humbled to be asked to ﬁll the
very big shoes of the Scholar Rescue Fund Founding Chairman Henry Jarecki. I promise that I will
do my best to make him and all of you proud.
Mark A. Angelson
a network of 550 safe havens at universities and colleges in 45 countries that have committed to protecting academicfreedom.
In 2007, the Scholar Rescue Fund launched the
Iraq Scholar Rescue Project with support from both
the private and public sectors, in response to the
Scholars around the world are threatened
with violence, imprisonment, surveillance, censorship, and even death as a result of their academic status and work. Since our founding in 1919, the
Institute of International Education (IIE) has worked
to protect students and scholars in danger.
Ten years ago, IIE established the Scholar Rescue
Fund with seed funding from several IIETrustees, the
Ford Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Institute.That year, the Scholar Rescue Fund awarded
fellowships to 14 scholars from 11 countries across
Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America.These
scholars were persecuted for reasons including ethnic,
religious and political issues, as well as for the content
of their teaching and research.The Scholar Rescue
Fund also established its fellowship principles: the program would respond to the most senior, most threatened scholars in the world from any country and any
ﬁeld and provide them with a one-year fellowship –
renewable for up to one additional year – of up to
$20,000.The Scholar Rescue Fund would also ﬁnd a
host university, anywhere safe in the world, to match
the fellowship and welcome the scholar into their
academic community, so that he or she could continue without interruption to write, think, conduct research, and teach.
large scale emergency threatening the intellectual
capital of Iraq. The United States Government and
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were two of
the most instrumental partners in establishing the
Iraq Scholar Rescue Project. The project has rescued
over 250 threatened scholars – an effort of historic
proportion that brings to mind some of IIE’s most
dramatic endeavors. The Institute and the Scholar
Rescue Fund remain devoted to the development of
Iraq’s academic future and have committed to
re-building higher education in Iraq by conducting
ground-breaking conferences in Amman and Erbil on
best practices in higher education.
The 10-year anniversary is an occasion to reﬂect
on what we have accomplished over the past
decade. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to
thank all of those who have made this possible.
Foremost among the leaders to thank is the
Scholar Rescue Fund’s Founding Chairman, Dr.
Henry G. Jarecki. After 10 years of service, Dr.
Jarecki will become Chairman Emeritus and turn
over his duties as Chairman to the very able IIE
Treasurer and Trustee Mark A. Angelson. We
welcome Mark and thank him for stepping into this
very important role. We also thank the many
donors, funders, and friends who have made our
Since those early days, the Scholar Rescue Fund
Photo top left:
Mark A. Angelson, Treasurer, IIE Board of
Trustees, Chairman, IIE Scholar Rescue Fund
Allan E. Goodman, IIE President and CEO,
and Thomas S. Johnson, Chairman,
IIE Board of Trustees.
work at IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund possible. Thanks
has reviewed more than 4,000 inquiries from 102
to all of you, there will always be a place to which
countries. Due to the diligent and dedicated work of
threatened scholars can turn for support and safe
the Selection Committee, 900 full applications from
haven in times of crisis.
Allan E. Goodman
Thomas S. Johnson
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Report: The Rescue of Science and Learning
Messages and Reflections
History of Rescue
At a Glance
Iraq Scholar Rescue Project
Impact on Host Campuses
Scholars at Work
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund Report: The Rescue of Science and Learning