Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop & Fellowships

Type: Fellowship

Who: Arab students interested in research writing

What: tuition fees and study materials to food, transportation, accommodation and other allowances

When: 2021-2022

Where: Online

Program Length: 8 monhts

Deadline to Apply: 15 August 2021

Citizenship: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Destination Countries: online

Academic Subject(s):


Scholars at Risk (SAR) has announced a call for applications for remote research fellowships for early career researchers studying, writing and/or teaching on academic freedom and/or related higher education values. The fellowships are made possible by the support and partnership of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

The program provides a research stipend and a supportive professional community for researchers to develop and share related work leading to a publishable article; new course offering; workshop, webinar, or conference presentation; or other identified end product. 

Over the course of the eight-month program, from November 2021 to June 2022, fellows will complete their proposed project and participate in monthly remote, online workshop sessions during which they will be asked to present the progress of their work and to offer feedback on the work of other fellows. In the second half of the program, fellows will be expected to prepare and deliver an online talk or webinar presentation of their work for SAR staff, network members, and guests (with appropriate security accommodations, as necessary). 

Fellows will receive a stipend of $8,000 intended to cover research expenses, publication, or other costs, as the fellow may decide. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to gain exposure to Scholars at Risk’s programming and to network with SAR partner-experts on academic freedom issues.

Deadline : August 15, 2021


– Masters or Ph.D. degree received less than 8 years ago.

– Current research or teaching affiliation with a higher education institution.

– Demonstrated interest in teaching, researching, or publishing on issues of academic freedom.

– Preference for projects involving comparative, international, or collaborative work, especially by or including as equal partners researchers from the global south.

– Personal experiences with risk or threat are not a consideration for selection, but current or formerly at-risk researchers working on academic freedom are encouraged to apply.

– Commitment to participate in 8 to 10 remote, online workshops and/or public webinars with co-recipients, Scholars at Risk staff, network members, and guests (with proper security accommodations).

– Able to receive lawfully stipend funds and complete program requirements in the country of current location, assuming responsibility for tax or reporting requirements, if any.

– Candidates in or from the global south and from minority or otherwise marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Follow this link to start your application.

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