Application for Assistance

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If you are a professor or university-based researcher 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 short-term research or teaching placements at a higher education institution in the global SAR network. SAR as an organization cannot offer emergency relocation/evacuation.

Note to students and individuals seeking continued study: We are unable to provide scholarships or study opportunities to students or individuals seeking to continue their studies. Given a high volume of requests, we are unable to respond to student applications or email queries, but encourage students to review the external resources listed here.

Note to all applicants: We are only able to respond to applications from those who appear to meet our initial eligibility criteria as scholars (professors or university-based researchers) or practitioners (civil society leaders and established human rights advocates) facing high levels of direct risk. These candidates will be reviewed for the support that SAR can provide to scholars and practitioners who qualify, including short-term, temporary placement at a SAR network institution. Please note that we do not offer emergency evacuation assistance. Our response times will be delayed due to a high volume of applications. If your application appears to meet SAR’s eligibility criteria, we will be in touch as soon as possible in the coming weeks. Submitting a CV with your application will allow us to more quickly determine if SAR is able to offer assistance. Please do not submit any additional materials beyond a CV.

Due to a high volume of applications, we are unable to respond to applications or email queries from applicants seeking our help who fall outside our mandate.

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

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