Alternative Resources

Posted July 20, 2022

SAR has identified the following job opportunities and other relevant funding resources. SAR will continue to update this list with the hope that they may be useful, especially for students and others who may not qualify for SAR’s protection 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 Kindly note that any general inaccuracies or outdated deadlines referenced within each of the listed resources are not SAR’s responsibility.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 Human Rights Defenders

Resources for Journalists

Resources for Artists

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.

CFMDE Digital Scholars Teaching Fellowship: [Remote] [Various academic disciplines] The Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education (CFMDE) announces a call for a part-time digital teaching fellowship. During the 2023-2024 academic year the CFMDE is interested in hosting scholars with refugee or displaced backgrounds to participate in a virtual “residency” program. Digital Scholars will have the opportunity to give a series of guest lectures (4-6 lectures) in Vassar’s dynamic liberal arts classes. (Deadline: Rolling).


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ISHR Human Rights Advocate Program: [USA] [Various academic disciplines]: The program is designed for human rights activists working with NGOs. Participants are selected on the basis of their work experience in human rights, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to pursue graduate-level studies. Applicants holding full-time jobs pursuing their advocacy efforts are preferred. (Deadline: October 15th, 2023) 

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship Program: [USA] [Various academic disciplines]: The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program offers democracy activists, journalists, civil society leaders, and scholars from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent research on democracy in a particular country or region. (Deadline October 31st, 2023)


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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Systems and Engineering Science Doctorate Programme: [Finland] [Engineering]: LUT University has opened a second call for their Systems and Engineering Doctorate (SEED) programme. The programme offers 8 fully-funded doctoral positions, each for a duration of 4 years, in engineering fields relevant to addressing global challenges. Current openings include the fields of technical physics, software engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering & management (IEM), and separation science. (Deadline: September 30th, 2023)

Middle East

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

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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

Jusek (Swedish labor union for university graduates)

Latin American Studies Association

Middle East Studies Association

Additional Academic Resources


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

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.

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

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. 

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.


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.

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.


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


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

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

World Organization Against Torture: Offers emergency grants to at-risk human rights defenders and organizations.

McCain Institute, Human Rights Defenders Program: The program’s mission is to provide temporary, transitional support to activists who are forced to work underground or flee their countries so they can continue to fight in the human rights arena. The Human Rights Defenders program is extremely flexible in the kind of support offered, tailoring it to best meet the needs of the recipient.  The Institute strives to keep individuals close to their homelands, although the program might also identify and support individuals already relocated to another country, including the United States.

Fellowship Opportunities

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)

Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders: [UK, University of York] Offers 3-6 month fellowships at the University of York for human rights defenders who are at risk or working under challenging circumstances. Applications are possible through nomination by a human rights organization. (Deadline: next call in early 2023)

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.

Oak Human Rights Fellowship: [United States, Colby College]: The Oak Institute is looking for a living rights activist who addresses environmental protection by challenging Western values, reimagining economic structures, questioning a utilitarian relation to the ecosystem, and fighting to respect nature’s rights, among other approaches. This theme highlights shared, though uneven, precarities in the face of environmental degradation and our shared dependence on healthy ecosystems. We welcome practitioners who work to ensure that any use of nature is renewable and who challenge damaging processes such as industrial pollution, the meat and fashion industries, environmental racism, unsustainable agriculture, extractivism, overfishing, and other factors contributing to environmental destruction. (Deadline: Nominations: November 30th, 2023; Applications: December 15th, 2023)

Job Boards

NYU School of Law – Center for Human Rights and Global Justice: A list of opportunities in the human rights field that may be of interest to students and human rights professionals. These include opportunities for employment, fellowships, and internships.

Resources for Journalists

Emergency Assistance

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

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.

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)

Resources for Artists

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

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.

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.


Scholars at Risk assumes no responsibility for the content of the websites listed in the above. Last updated on 30 May 2023.

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