Application for Assistance

If you are a scholar experiencing threats to your life, liberty or academic career, or if you have been forced to leave your country because of such threats, and would like to request help from SAR, please complete and submit the secure form below. SAR provides a range of services to scholars, including placement assistance, advisory, referral and career support services. Given an increasingly high volume of requests for assistance, SAR placement assistance is generally limited to scholars facing the most immediate and severe threats, including threats of violence, torture, wrongful imprisonment or prosecution.

If you are applying in relation to the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, please indicate this in your application, and include the contact of your potential host university. 

If you encounter any problems submitting this form, you can also send a message to Scholars at Risk by emailing

If you are a scholar from Turkey applying to SAR, please consult our page for applicants from Turkey.

If you are a student seeking scholarship support, please note that SAR does not provide scholarship or other financial support for students. For alternatives, please consult our list of external resources for students.

If you are a human rights defender, please consult our list of external resources here.

If you are a journalist, please consult our list of external resources here.

If you are an artist, please consult our list of external resources here.

For more information on our application process and eligibility criteria, please consult our list of frequently-asked questions.

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Submit a secure application


Information provided is treated as confidential and used only for the purpose of arranging help where possible, including visits to SAR Network member institutions. If you prefer not to use the online form, you may print and mail it, or contact Scholars at Risk by telephone.


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