Alternative Resources

Posted July 20, 2022

SAR has identified the following jobs, fellowships and funding opportunities, as well as other academic, professional, and general resources for scholars, students, human rights defenders, and others. SAR will continue to update this list with the hope that they may be useful, especially for those to whom we are not able to offer SAR’s placement services. Kindly note that any general inaccuracies or outdated deadlines referenced within each of the listed resources are not SAR’s responsibility. SAR cannot provide advice or counsel on external opportunities. Please direct any interest or questions about a particular resource to the providers themselves.

*Deadlines have been listed only where providers of the opportunities have indicated specific deadlines on their websites. SAR welcomes suggestions of other resources, especially in underrepresented geographic regions or academic fields. Please reach out with recommendations:  

Table of Contents

Job, Fellowship, and Funding Opportunities

Academic Associations

Additional Academic Resources

General Professional Resources

Resources for Students

Resources for Human Rights Defenders

Resources for Journalists

Resources for Artists

Visa, Evacuation, Transit and Legal Resources

Digital Security Resources

Job, Fellowship, and Funding Opportunities

Search and apply for specific jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities at the following links:


American Council of Learned Societies: [Humanities and social sciences] Offers international fellowship opportunities to support research in the humanities in the USA, Africa, and China.

Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities: [Various academic disciplines] Promotes research cooperation among early-career researchers from all disciplines who are affiliated with a research institution in Germany or any Arab country through funding for innovative research projects, training opportunities, and regular meetings and network opportunities.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN): [Professional opportunities] Offers fellowship opportunities for business, government, and civil society leaders in the USA, China, Africa, and the Middle East.

American Institute of Physics: [Sciences] Job opportunities in the field of physics.

Academic Positions: [Education] Search for jobs from the world’s top universities and research institutions and learn everything you need to succeed in your academic career.

Brookings Institute: [Professional opportunities] Offer a variety of research and business operations opportunities.

Find A PostDoc: [Various academic disciplines] Dedicated to listing jobs for new and recently qualified PhDs.

Global Academy Jobs: [Various academic disciplines] Find academic jobs worldwide.

HigherEd Jobs: [Various academic disciplines] Find job opportunities at institutions worldwide.

H-Net: [Humanities and social sciences] A list of job and fellowship opportunities.

H-Soz-Kult: [Humanities and social sciences] A database with opportunities for grants, jobs and study programmes.

Idealist: [Professional opportunities] Resources and tools for professional progress and finding job opportunities.

Indevjobs: [Professional opportunities] Jobs and funding opportunities.

Impactpool: [Professional opportunities] Connecting top talents to the latest jobs combating global challenges.

Inomics: [Humanities and social sciences] The site for economists, aiding in job searches and finding online courses.

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict: [Various academic disciplines] Offers several research and publications grants in the field of nonviolent conflict studies.

Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF): [Various academic disciplines] Arranges and funds temporary fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.

Middle East Studies Association: [Humanities and social sciences] Resources and opportunities in Middle East studies.

Nature Careers: [Sciences] Connecting leading candidates to the world’s finest science jobs.

Open Society Foundations: [Various academic disciplines] Offers numerous fellowship opportunities for journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars.

Philjobs: [Humanities and social sciences] Jobs for philosophers.

Profellow: [Various academic disciplines] A database with more than 2,200 funding awards for graduate study and professional development.

Science Careers: [Sciences] Jobs in science and technology.

Times Higher Education: [Various academic disciplines] Higher education’s global job board with academic and university job opportunities.

United States Institute of Peace (USIP):[Various academic disciplines] Grant and fellowship program that supports conflict prevention, conflict management, and peace-building efforts by individuals, universities, and nonprofit and civil society organizations around the world.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS): [Various academic disciplines] Offers international fellowships, research grants, scientific meetings, prizes, and awards.


University of Johannesburg – Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: [South Africa] Offers 200 postdoctoral research fellowships for scholars during the 2022-2023 academic year. (Deadline: Rolling until positions are filled.)


American Association of University Women: [USA] [Science] Offers international fellowships for study or research in the USA to women scientists who are not USA citizens or permanent residents.

Catedra Sergio Vieira de Mello: [Brazil] [Various academic disciplines] UNCHR program that seeks to support the academic integration of refugee students and scholars in Brazil.

Chronicle Vitae: [Several countries] [Various academic disciplines] Scholarship and job opportunities worldwide.

The Dialogue Institute: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers a six-week residential fellowship on religious pluralism at Temple University.

Dropout Club: [USA] [Various academic disciplines] Job opportunities beyond traditional academic and clinical roles in the USA.

Fung Global Fellows Program: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] An annual international fellowship program in humanities at Princeton University.

Fulbright Scholar Program: [USA] [Various academic disciplines] Offers visiting teaching and research fellowships in the USA.

Funding U.S. Study: [USA] [Various academic disciplines] An extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Higher Education Space: [USA] [Education] Jobs in higher education in the US.

Kentucky Innovative Scholarship Pilot Program: [USA] [Various academic disciplines] [Students]: The program disperses scholarships up to the total cost of attendance for displaced students pursuing an undergraduate postsecondary certificate or degree at a Kentucky institution of higher education.

National Endowment for Democracy: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers various opportunities, including a five-month fellowship in Washington D.C. for democratic activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world.

National Humanities Center: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities, regardless of citizenship.

National Institutes of Health: [USA] [Sciences] Offers several fellowships open to international scientists, such as the “K99 – Pathway to Independence Award” and “F05 – International Research Fellowships.”

Persian Heritage Foundation: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers research and publication grants to support and promote research on the Persianate world in the pre-Islamic and Islamic era.

University of California-San Francisco, Scholars at Risk: [Global Health Sciences] The UCSF Scholars at Risk Program invites scholars to apply for two unique training opportunities.

    • Training opportunities at UCSF: offers various training opportunities for health professionals, students, and researchers to advance their careers. Participants can bring their families, and most costs, including travel, accommodation, tuition, stipends, and lab fees, are covered.
    • UCSF Scholars at Risk Fellowship: offer a one-year fellowship based at UCSF’s Institute for Global Health Sciences and UCSF’s Health and Human Rights Initiative to gain additional skills that contribute to advancing global health and human rights.

Social Science Research Council: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers several fellowships open to international scholars in social sciences.

Spencer Foundation: [USA] [Education] Offers a variety of funding opportunities for individual researchers and group projects in the field of education research, regardless of citizenship, country of residence, or institutional affiliation.

Smithsonian Institution: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers several fellowships in humanities and life sciences.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: [USA] [Various academic disciplines] Offers several fellowships open to international scholars,  political asylees, and refugees in the USA.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers visiting fellowships to scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public intellectuals with project proposals on global issues and public policy challenges.

University Affairs: [Canada and USA] [Education] Find job opportunities in higher education.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research: [USA] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers a variety of funding opportunities for individual researchers and group projects as well as conference and training support in the field of anthropology. Qualified scholars are eligible to apply without regard to citizenship, country of residence, or institutional affiliation.

World University Service of Canada Student Refugee Program: [Canada] [Various academic disciplines] [Students]: The Student Refugee Program (SRP) is a unique program that combines resettlement to Canada with access to post-secondary education for young refugees. WUSC accepts applications from eligible applicants in the following countries of asylum: Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.


Forrest Research Foundation: [Australia] [Various academic disciplines] Offers international postdoctoral research fellowships to academics seeking to work at a university in Western Australia.


Academic Jobs: [EU] [Education] The leading site for academic and research jobs in Europe.

Academic Transfer: [Netherlands] [Various academic disciplines] Research opportunities in the Netherlands.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Offers several fellowships to support research stays for researchers from abroad at universities in Germany. In order to apply, scholars need to find a host university.

Alfried Krupp Fellowships 2025/26: [Germany] [Applications from the natural sciences are expressly encouraged] Up to six Alfried Krupp Senior Fellowships and up to eight Alfried Krupp Junior Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2025/ 26. A joint application from several researchers who would like to realise interdisciplinary projects in Greifswald is possible. Applicants who plan to bring a partner and/or children during their fellowship are welcome to apply. Living and working space is available to the fellows free of charge. (Deadline: 31 August 2024)

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES): [Ukraine] Resources to help displaced scholars from Ukraine

Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara): [UK] [Professional opportunities] Arranges temporary research and teaching positions for at-risk scholars at universities in the UK.

Dutch Research Council: [Netherlands] [Various academic disciplines] Offers research grants for research projects at Dutch universities. 

Einstein Foundation: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Offers several fellowship programs at Berlin’s public universities, including a special program to support academic freedom.

Euraxess: [Several Countries] [Professional opportunities] Job opportunities worldwide.

Euro Science Jobs: [EU] [Science] Search for research science jobs and postdocs in Europe.

European New School (ENS) of Digital Studies: Fellowship program “Datafication in European Societies” is designed for postdoctoral researchers active in one of the ENS core disciplines (economics, law, social and political sciences) and ready to build and expand international research collaborations. Applications can be made for an ENS Postdoc Fellowship (up to four years after your PhD) and an ENS Visiting Professor Fellowship (four or more years after your PhD). (Deadline: rolling)

European Universities Institute (EUI): [Italy] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers international fellowships in social sciences, humanities, and law.

Fritz Thyssen Foundation: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Offers research funding in humanities, social science, and medicine at German universities. Funding is available for group projects, individual researchers, conferences, travel subsidies, and print subsidies.

Gerda Henkel Foundation: [Germany] [Humanities and Social Sciences] Offers research funding in the fields of historical humanities, cultural heritage, and social sciences.

German Academic Exchange Service: [Germany] [Sciences] Offers research fellowships for international scientists at universities in Germany.

German Research Foundation (DFG): [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Offers research grants for research projects at German universities.

Hamburg Programme for Scholars at Risk: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] University of Hamburg offers 1–12 month research grants for at-risk scholars who have found an interested supervisor at the University of Hamburg.

Hilde Domin Students at Risk Programme: [Germany] The program serves to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe, who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin, and to provide these students and doctoral candidates with an opportunity to begin or complete a study or research degree at a higher education institution in Germany.

Jobbnorge: [Norway] [Professional opportunities] Research and job opportunities in Norway.

Karolinska Institute: [Sweden & Norway] [Various academic disciplines] List of Swedish and Nordic external funding sources.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: [EU] [Various academic disciplines] Offers research fellowships at universities in the EU, regardless of nationality.

Max Planck Institutes: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities and research positions in natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

PAUSE: [France] [Various academic disciplines] Awards temporary research fellowships for at-risk scholars and host universities in France.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Awards temporary research fellowships for at-risk scholars and host universities in Germany.

Research in Germany: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Helps you to find your way to Germany to seek PhD positions, research jobs, or funding opportunities.

Safe Haven Fellowships: The NIAS Safe Haven Fellowship supports scholars and cultural actors at risk. The NIAS Safe Haven Fellowship is intended for scholars, artists, writers and journalists who are not able to do their work in their current location or circumstances, because of the consequences of conflict or war.

Scholars At Risk, Europe: [EU] [Various academic disciplines] Funded fellowships and other support services for researchers at risk.

#ScienceForUkraine: A community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world, collecting and disseminating information about support opportunities at the university, national, and international level for students and researchers directly affected by the recent invasion of Ukraine. (Deadline: various)

State of Bremen: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Offers one-year postdoctoral research fellowships for at-risk scholars who have found a sponsoring supervisor at the University of Bremen.

The Association of German Art Historians: Provides a list of German funding programs for scholars and a list of institutes of art history prepared to host scholars at risk from Ukraine.

The University of New Europe: Emergency contact and information, fellowship and sabbatical opportunities for scholars and students, artists and cultural workers, journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders in need and/or at risk. Find an additional list of resources for academics and cultural workers at risk, updated by the university, here.

University Positions EU: [EU] [Various academic disciplines] The leading academic career portal for researchers, university lecturers, and professors in Europe

Volkswagen Foundation: [Germany] [Various academic disciplines] Offers research funding in humanities, social science, science, and technology for scholars and research projects at German universities.

Olle Engkvists Stiftelse Foundation: [EU] [Various academic disciplines] Research Grants: The foundation is able to support all types of scientific research, but the foundation’s focus is research funding related to medicine, natural sciences, technology and the humanities. The applicant must have at least two years of well-documented research activities after the doctoral degree. The foundation accepts degrees from both Swedish and foreign universities. (Deadline: rolling) Publication Grants: The foundation provides grants for the publication of works with a scientific connection in printed format or through so-called open access .  The foundation prioritizes publication contributions to works that are deemed to fill a gap or otherwise include valuable dissemination of knowledge while also having a low or uncertain commercial potential. (Deadline: rolling)

Middle East

Columbia Global Centers – Amman: [Jordan] [Humanities and social sciences] Offers 12-month fellowships for emerging displaced scholars in the humanities.

Israeli Universities’ Emergency Fellowships for Ukrainians: A list of Israeli universities and institutions of higher learning that offer emergency fellowships for scholars and students from Ukraine. The list will get updates as more universities and departments join. (Deadline: various)

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Academic Associations

African Studies Association

American Anthropological Association

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Teachers of Arabic

American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages

American Chemical Society

American Physical Society

American Political Science Association

American Sociological Association

American Psychological Association

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie

International Sociological Association

International Studies Association

Latin American Studies Association

Middle East Studies Association

Additional Academic Resources


Academic Journals: Listing of academic journals, calls for papers, and academic conferences

Eagle Online Academy: A free opportunity for Ukrainian women to learn everything you need to know to start teaching English either overseas or online over the internet. This is a 120-hour TESOL/TEFL course.

Edraak: Edraak, is a massive open online course (MOOC) platform, that is an initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF). Through its partnership with edX, the platform gives Arab learners access in Arabic to courses taught and developed at top tier institutions like HarvardX, MITX, and UC BerkelyX. All courses are delivered at no cost to the learner. Additionally, Arab university professors and regional experts can use the platform to give courses in English about the region and its history.

InZone: InZone is a program of the University of Geneva offering Certificates of Open Studies in a new academic format specifically designed for people on the move. They are offering advanced course on community health & Education in Emergencies (Education in Emergencies course in French only).

Journal of Interrupted Studies: Interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published by Brill, which accepts submissions in the sciences and humanities by scholars whose academic work has been interrupted by forced migration or exile. The journal also accepts material based on research that has been conducted but could not be completed.

NaTakallam: A language learning platform connecting refugees with learners of Arabic, French, Persian, and Spanish.

New University in Exile Consortium: Based at The New School in New York, USA. Seeks to connect threatened scholars who are currently in temporary fellowships at universities around the world through seminars, workshops, and conferences.

  • New University in Exile Consortium Co-Led Online Seminars: These seminars are co-led by two endangered scholars – one who is hosted by a Consortium member institution, and the other a colleague of their choice. The seminars are designed to connect endangered scholars to the global academic community and offer students who have lost their professors an opportunity to re-engage. They are free and open to anyone anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Papers Invited: Collection of calls for papers by ProQuest.

The Institute of International Education’s Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (IIE PEER): Database of educational opportunities and resources for displaced and refugee students.

UC Davis’s Article 26 Backpack: A tool to allow scholars and students at risk to upload and secure copies of the academic and professional credentials.

University of the People: UoPeople is the first non-profit, tuition-free, American, accredited, online university. Dedicated to opening access to higher education globally, UoPeople helps high school graduates overcome financial, geographic, political, and personal constraints keeping them from college studies. The University offers certificates, associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science as well as master’s degree programs in Business Administration, Information Technology, and Education.

UNHCR: Scholarship opportunities for refugees.

8B Education Investment: An organization providing pathways for ambitious African students to be accepted with funding to succeed at global universities.


The African Higher Education in Emergencies Network:  A network of African Universities dedicated to offering diplomas with strong employability potential to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).


Global Student Haven Initiative: [USA] The aim of the initiative is to help clear the path to U.S. institutions for qualified students who are displaced, are refugees or are otherwise impacted by war, natural disasters and other global crises. The initiative seeks to help students overcome barriers to carry on their education and prepare for eventual return to their home nation.

President’s Alliance Higher Ed Immigration Portal: [USA] Resources for undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students.

President’s Alliance Refugee Students: [USA] Data and policies for refugee students and scholars.

President’s Alliance Undocumented Tuition Map: [USA] Tuition and financial aid, and state policies for undocumented students.

Qatar Afghan Scholarship Project: In order to create a long-term solution for displaced and vulnerable Afghan students, QASP was founded, in coalition with other international NGOS, to offer scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study in the U.S.  


GitHub: A list of universities/research institutions able to provide accommodation as well any form of help to Ukrainian researchers and students.

LabsArena: Database of support for scientists, scholars, and students from Ukraine

Off University: [Turkey] And education and research project founded by and for academics from Turkey. Offers those who cannot freely travel the opportunity to participate in and contribute to online education.

Science4Refugees: [Several countries] Online platform that seeks to connect European and refugee researchers.

The UK University Scholarships Directory: [UK] The following list provides details of the universities in the UK that provide funding for refugees and/or asylum seekers. Funding arrangements are liable to change so you are advised to check with the relevant university prior to making any personal arrangements.

General Professional Resources


Forum Curator at the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences: A virtual community of scholars bringing to the center of academic scholarship perspectives and understandings of the Global Majority in the social sciences and neighboring fields— invites scholars in the SAR Network to curate virtual forums on topics of interest to them in their fields. Curators of virtual forums tend to bring together a group of four to five colleagues across the Global South and North to reflect on a central question about their field to which the group responds first through relatively informal and short essays of 1,500 words. Once the essays are published online at the Miami Institute— with open access—the forum curator leads a virtual public conversation among the essay authors. Please email the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences with interest, (Deadline: rolling).

ONWARDS: Webinar series for displaced scholars, human rights defenders and artists: Online webinars available In October, November and December 2023 addressing: US visas and work permits, the US healthcare and health insurance system and applying for academic and non-academic jobs.

Upwardly Global: [USA] Seeks to support professional integration for immigrants and refugees in the USA.


More Than One Perspective: [Austria] A social business that trains and connects companies and recognized refugees in Austria who hold academic degrees in engineering, IT, or business.


Talent Beyond Boundaries: [Multiple Locations] Matches skilled refugees with companies in need of their skills and works to support the migration and professional support of refugees

Free Online Course: Digital Learning for Youth and adults in forcibly displaced communities: This course, developed by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, The Open University, the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC), and UNHCR, reviews, discusses, and critiques existing policies and practices in national or organizational contexts as they relate to digital learning for youths and adults. It has been designed for policy makers, program providers, and digital learning practitioners who are involved in the design, delivery, and monitoring of activities, to promote critical, participatory, and inclusive approaches to digital learning for forcibly displaced youth and adults. A certificate of participation and a digital badge will be awarded upon course completion.

Resources for Students


Displaced Student Opportunities UK: [UK] A searchable database to find study opportunities to support refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK to access university

Distance Learning (DL) Sanctuary Awards, University of Leicester: These DL Sanctuary Awards offer opportunities for those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes and/or who are at risk of political persecution, violence or conflict anywhere in the world to study with the University of Leicester part-time via distance learning. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world as long as there is regular access to the internet.

New School of the Anthropocene: The New School of the Anthropocene offers free places for its one-year diploma to English-speaking refugees now living in the UK, who’ve had their current university education interrupted by the wars in Palestine, Sudan, Ukraine, Yemen and elsewhere.


Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu): Fobzu supports access to education for young Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by providing scholarships to undergrad students in financial need. Each scholarship covers the fees of a university course for one year and aim to provide support for students for the duration of a typical 4-year degree.

GEM (Gaza Educate Medics): Provide online medical education and training for Palestinian students in Gaza.

OxPal Initiative: OxPal connects doctors and medical students in the UK with their counterparts in the West Bank and Gaza to deliver online, real-time, teaching. They deliver a range of teaching opportunities via online educational platforms that utilise the wide network of clinicians and tutors in and beyond Oxford, in order to complement local medical teaching and deliver a range of opportunities to Palestinian medical students. OxPal Summer School 2024: OxPal is arranging the annual Oxford Summer School for Palestinian medical students. This year, the course will host twenty students from the new AAUP medical school in Jenin and expand it to a group of displaced medical students from Gaza.

Palestine Community Foundation: Information to assist Palestinian students in finding scholarships or funding to support their studies in the UK.

Salam Scholarships at Ulster University (for 5 Palestinian women per year): The Salam Scholarships have been established in 2023 to support Palestinian women to study at Ulster University. They aim to provide opportunities for Palestinian women with ability and potential, but limited opportunity, to access Ulster University studies.

Resources for Human Rights Defenders

Emergency Assistance

African Defenders: Offers relocation support to at-risk human rights defenders from countries in Africa.

Defend Defenders: Provides immediate and long-term support to human rights defenders in East and Horn of Africa.

Digital Defenders Partnership: Incident Emergency Fund: The IEF provides up to €10,000 and can be used to cover costs which will directly reduce the risk or impact of a digital attack. The funding covers activities for a maximum of four months, and we aim to respond to requests within two weeks.

Dignity for All: Provides emergency support to human rights defenders and civil society organizations at risk due to their work for LGBTI rights.

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders: Provides emergency support to at-risk human rights defenders and organizations in the South-Mediterranean region. 

FORUM-ASIA, Human Rights Defenders Program: Program seeks to facilitate the creation of an enabling work environment for HRDs, including woman human rights defenders (WHRDs), by reducing both actual and perceived threats stemming from the work and activities of HRDs and WHRDs. (for emergency assistance)

Freedom House: Provides emergency support funds to human rights defenders facing imminent risk. 

Frontline Defenders: Offers emergency support to human rights defenders facing imminent risk.

International Federation for Human Rights Defenders (FIDH): An international human rights NGO defending civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights through providing emergency material support to at-risk human rights defenders.

Prisoners of Conscience: Provides emergency support grants for individuals that have been jailed for their consciously held beliefs. Applications must be made through nomination by approved human rights or refugee organizations.

Protect Defenders: [EU] Human Rights Defenders mechanism offering emergency support and temporary relocation grants to human rights defenders facing imminent risk.

The Fund for Global Human Rights: Offers emergency grants to human rights organizations in Morocco, Tunisia, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Thailand, the Philippines, and Myanmar. The Fund does not offer emergency support for individuals.

The Afghanistan Human Rights Coordination Mechanism: The mechanism seeks to assess the needs of Afghan human rights defenders and channel support to them, coordinate and share information among those responding to the crisis, and bring together Afghan and international voices to advocate for full respect for the human rights of all in Afghanistan. For more information or assistance please contact: 

Urgent Action Fund: Offers rapid response grants to women and trans human rights defenders, activists, and organizations who are at immediate danger.

Fellowship Opportunities

BRIDGE (Building Resilience & Initiatives for Development, Growth, and Empowerment) Fellowship: [Afghanistan] offers a three-month online program focused on human rights training, mentoring, and advocacy. Application Link: Deadline: June 10, 2024, at 3:00 PM EST (11:30 PM Kabul time). For any questions related to this fellowship, send an email at

Hamburg Foundation for Foundation for Politically Persecuted People: [Germany] Offers one-year fellowships in Hamburg, Germany for politically persecuted people.

International Center on Nonviolent Conflict: Offers several grant and educational opportunities for activists and organizers in the field of nonviolent civil resistance.

Open Society Foundations: Offers numerous fellowship opportunities for journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars. (Deadline: various)

Shelter City: Shelter City offers safe and inspiring spaces to human rights defenders at risk where they can re-energize, receive tailormade support and engage with allies in order to reinforce their local action for change.

United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Fellowship Program: Offers six-month fellowships for human rights defenders working with eligible national human rights organizations.

Additional Resource Pages

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Emergency Funding Support for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists: A compilation of resources for human rights defenders and journalists by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group

Resources for Journalists

Emergency Assistance

Committee to Protect Journalists: Provides safety and security information and emergency assistance to journalists at risk.

European Centre for Press & Media Freedom: Provides practical and legal assistance as well as temporary shelter to journalists and media workers who are located in Europe, supporting their ability to continue working in the face of threats, harassment, and/or intimidation related to their journalistic activities.

Free Press Unlimited: Provides emergency support to journalists who have faced threats or danger as a result of their work.

International Women’s Media Foundation: Provides emergency support for individuals who identify as women in crisis situations related to their work and can at times provide pro bono legal support.

Journalists in Distress (JiD) Network: The JiD is a network of media freedom organizations which provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers who are at risk because of their work.

La Maison Des Journalistes: [France] Offers six-month residencies in Paris for exiled journalists who have faced risk because of their work.

Media Support: Provides immediate short-term assistance to journalists who are threatened as a result of their work.

Reporters Without Borders: Provides support for journalists facing immediate risk as a result of their work.

Rory Peck Trust: Provides emergency support to freelance journalists.

The International Federation of Journalists: Offers emergency support for journalists in danger and need around the world. 

Fellowship Opportunities

International Center for Journalists: Offers international fellowships, typically of at least one year, in cooperation with partner organizations in Asia, Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa and/or Sub-Saharan African.

Open Society Foundations: Offers numerous fellowship opportunities for journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars. (Deadline: various)

Additional Resource Pages

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Emergency Funding Support for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists: A compilation of resources for human rights defenders and journalists by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group

Resources for Artists

Artists at Risk Connection (ARC): Network of organizations promoting artistic freedom. Offers a database of assistance organizations for at-risk artists.

Artists at Risk: [Ukraine] A list of emergency resources for artists and cultural workers fleeing Ukraine and an application for protection services.

Artistic Freedom Initiative: Offers legal and resettlement support for at-risk artists who are seeking to or have already resettled to the USA. Accepts applications for the New York City Safe Haven Residency Program.

Avant Garde Lawyers: Offers artists the legal support they need and deserve, AGL partners include large law firms and networks of lawyers and experts. The AGL team analyzes prima facie a case, designs a legal strategy, identifies the right support and supervises its implementation from the beginning to the end of the legal process.

Institute of International Education – Artist Protection Fund (IIE-APF): Provides relief and safe haven to at-risk artists through fellowship grants. (Deadline: rolling basis)

Martin Roth Initiative: Facilitates temporary residence in Germany or third countries for persecuted artists.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation: Provides international financial support to visual artists with demonstrable professional or personal financial need.

Alex Padilla, United States Senator for California: [USA] Evacuation and immigration support

Evacuate Our Allies: A coalition of organizations working to evacuate and support the resettlement of at-risk Afghans.

George W. Bush Presidential Center: [USA] Afghanistan Relief and Resources

Information on visas and pathways out of Afghanistan: [USA] Application for eligible Afghans under the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, and other pathways for Afghans at risk.

International Catholic Migration Commission: [Canada, UK, USA] Summary information on visas and pathways for those relocating to the Canada, the UK and the USA.

Justice for Immigrants: [USA] Summary of visas and pathways to the United States for Afghan nationals.

Refugee Council USA: [USA] Resources on immigration, evacuation support, digital security, and a list of visas and their descriptions.

SHARP: [Pakistan] Registration and information or refugees in Pakistan

Tim Kaine, United States Senator from Virginia: [USA] Evacuation and immigration support

UNHCR: [Iran] For new arrivals in Iran

UNHCR: [Pakistan] For new arrivals in Pakistan

USCIS: [USA] Information for Afghan nationals on parole into the United States, including steps to take upon arrival in the country.

American Bar Associations: A list of organizations working to support Ukrainian refugees with legal services.

CMS Expert Guide to refugee immigration and travel requirements: Immigration and travel requirements for refugees from Ukraine.

European Commission: A page containing key information about your rights with regard to crossing the border into an EU country, eligibility for temporary protection and applying for international protection, as well as the rights of travel inside the European Union.

European Network on Statelessness: Information on the situation in Ukraine, including a list of organizations providing advice to stateless people fleeing Ukraine.

European Union ERA4UKraine: [EU] An initiative to support researchers of Ukraine by providing them with an overview of all existing actions at European and national levels.

Lex Mundi Ukraine Crisis Resource Center: Supporting at risk individuals and member firms in the Ukraine.

NAFSA: [USA] A list of immigration information resources relevant to Ukrainian students and scholars and others impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Shevchenko Scientific Society: Resource page on Russia’s war against Ukraine

State Secretariat for Migration: [Switzerland] Switzerland has activated Protection Status ‘S’ for individuals fleeing Ukraine. Individuals with this status do not have to undergo the standard asylum process, will have residence rights and rights to accommodation, support, medical care, and family reunification.


Digital Security Resources


Digital Security and Privacy Manual: This book is an introduction to the ever growing and complex world of electronic security. Not only will it raise your level of knowledge and awareness about computers and the Internet, it will also warn you of different risks you may face in the digital environment and will tell you how to deal with them.

The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women (VPNMentor) – This guide empowers women to navigate the internet without fear by discussing common occurrences in which women are subject to harassment and giving tips and advice on how women can take control.

Guide to Secure Group Chat and Conferencing Tools: This guide is developed by Frontline Defenders providing a simple overview of secure group chats and conferencing tools to help HRDs and at-risk scholars to choose the right tools for their specific needs.

Safety and Security in Human Rights Work Training: The Safety and Security in Human Rights Work training will equip you with the knowledge and skills to protect yourself, your team, your information, and the people whose rights you are trying to uphold from external threats. The modules on safety and security complement the Human Rights Monitoring Training and include key concepts related to security culture, personal security, psychological well-being, and digital security. The digital security modules will enable you to secure your information while in transit (communication) while at rest (in storage) and will enable you to stay safe while surfing the internet.

Security in-a-Box: Security in-a-Box is a guide to digital security for activists and human rights defenders.


Access Now: Digital security tips

Human Rights First: Protecting digital privacy

LinkedIn Safety Guidelines: Available in English, Pashto, and Dari


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