The Riksbankens Jubileumsfond decided to grant SAR-Sweden SEK 6 millions for the period 2017-2019. RJ’s contribution may be made available until 31 December 2020. Funding from this pot may be granted to co-finance the Swedish university’s hosting of SAR researchers in the humanities and social sciences, priority given to SAR researchers who are already in Sweden at the time of the application being submitted. The funding is made available on the condition that the SAR researcher and the receiving research team or institution have a mutual scientific interest, and the application for releasing the funding shall clearly highlight the connection between the researcher and the research team or department and how the department can contribute to the researcher’s career development.
The funding made available by RJ has contributed so far to the hosting of ten SAR researchers, originally from the Middle East and Central Asia. These scholars are active researchers in the fields of History, International Relations, Sociology, Litterature, Archeology and Linguistics.
Scholars at Risk Global’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project has identified, tracked and analyzed 324 reported attacks in 56 countries that occurred between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019. The funding from Riksbankens Jubilumsfond is contributing to assist a fraction of all the threatened researchers around the world, but provides for true academic freedom for those few it can reach out to.