Visiting Rescue Scholar

Trinity’s scholar rescue program is a one-year fellowship supported by the International Institute of Education’s (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) and the Scott Michael Johnson ’97 Memorial Fund, which was established by a former chairman of Trinity’s Board of Trustees, Tom Johnson ’62, Hon. ’05, P ’97, and his wife, Ann. They initiated the fund in honor of their son Scott, a member of the Trinity College Class of 1997 who lost his life in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Both the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund and the Johnson Fund supports rescue scholars while they are in residence at Trinity.

The IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund supports scholars who are suffering severe and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers because of their academic work in their home countries. Scholars are brought to host institutions in safe countries where they can continue their academic work in safety.  

Click to learn more about the IIE - Scholar Rescue Fund.

Trinity and CUGS have hosted six scholars jointly supported by the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund and Scott Johnson Memorial Fund at Trinity:

In 2015, we began hosting a scholar from Belarus (2015). 

In 2013, we hosted a scholar from Iraq (2013-2015). 

In 2013, we hosted a second scholar from Iran (2013-2014).

In 2011, we hosted a scholar from Uzbekistan (2011-2013).

In 2010, we hosted a scholar from Iran (2010-2011).

In 2008, we hosted a scholar from Zimbabwe (2008-2009).

On April 29, 2016, Xiangming Chen, dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, received the Beacon Award from IIE-SRF .  The story was featured on  Trinity College's "Faculty Highlights" page and can be read here.   You can also view Dr. Chen's video about about Trinity's experience with  IIE Scholars  here The video is part of IIE's Scholar Voices + University Action  video series.