An Unprecedented Year for the SAR Network

Posted September 13, 2023

Thank you to the SAR Network for an incredible year of solidarity — an inspiring affirmation of collective purpose and demonstrated commitment to threatened scholars everywhere. In response to the ever growing demand for assistance, the SAR Network created an unprecedented 189 academic visiting positions in partnership with 120 institutions across the globe. Germany, the United States, Canada, Switzerland, and Norway stand out in hosting the most SAR positions this year.

Despite continued challenges, including restrictive visa and travel policies, member institutions have remained steadfast in their efforts to invite scholars to campus, employing flexible and creative approaches to identify resources and respond to the individual needs of each scholar. The Network continues to welcome scholars representing a wide range of academic disciplines and lived experiences from around the globe, including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and Ukraine, among other countries where scholars face threats to their academic freedom. With the commemoration of nearly a decade of civil war this September, scholars from Yemen are seeking network support now more than ever, joined by threatened scholars in Iran, where state repression reaches deeper into the higher education space one year since the death of Mahsa Amini and the brave protests that followed.

SAR welcomes all expressions of hosting interest and invites institutions to review the list of scholars seeking placements, in particular the scholars from Yemen and Iran listed below. Please email if you would like to learn about any of the candidates.