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Scholars at Risk: protecting academic freedom
In too many countries, those seeking power and control are working to limit access to information and new ideas by targeting scholars, restricting academic freedom and repressing research, publication and learning. Every day scholars are threatened and killed. Colleges and universities are pressured and shut down.
The UAF Scholars at Risk project is a joint initiative of the The Foundation for Refugee Students UAF and the Scholars at Risk network (SAR) to defend threatened and refugee scholars, academic freedom and university values worldwide.
Sanctuary in the Netherlands
Since 2009, the UAF provides sanctuary in the Netherlands and Belgium for scholars who suffer threats in their home country. Through temporary academic positions, we help scholars to escape dangerous conditions and to continue their important work. In return, scholars contribute to their host institutions through teaching, research, lectures and other activities.
Many scholars return to their home countries after their visits. When safe return is not possible, the UAF and SAR will work with scholars to identify opportunities to continue their work abroad.
Learn more about the UAF.