Resources for at-risk individuals from Afghanistan

Scholars at Risk is very concerned about recent events in Afghanistan, and our global network is seeking to assist as many scholars and practitioners at risk as possible. Scholars at Risk is unable to assist students or others who are not professors, research scholars, or advocates/ leaders at a recognized civil society organization, but we hope the below external resources may be useful sources of information for students, and for those seeking pathways out of Afghanistan. SAR will add additional resources to this list as they become available.

Resources for students: 

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

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

Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students: The Scholarship supports displaced students from anywhere in the world who are unable to complete their higher education. These students will receive up to full tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across all 19 Columbia schools and affiliates.

Afghan Talent, powered by Talent Beyond Boundaries: an initiative to catalog the skills and work experience of Afghan evacuees in the USA to help facilitate local employment.


Visa and transit resources: 

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

This list contains information and “lessons learned” by US military veterans trying to help Afghan colleagues.

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

[US] Human Rights First: Those seeking legal assistance in the United States (whether physically in the US or abroad) can complete this form to submit a request for pro bono support through HRF’s Project: Afghan Legal Assistance

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

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

[US] USCIS: Information for Afghan nationals on parole into the United States, including steps to take when you arrive in the country

Digital security resources:

Access Now: Digital security tips

Human Rights First: Protecting digital privacy:

LinkedIn Safety Guidelines (in English, Pashto, and Dari):