Scholars at Risk (SAR)
History and Objectives
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of higher education institutions and individuals working to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education, and promote academic freedom and related values. Scholars at Risk began at the University of Chicago in 1999. The network launched with a major international conference at the university in June 2000. Since then, scores of universities have joined the network and helped to defend thousands of scholars around the world. SAR assist scholars facing immediate danger in their home countries and provides advice and referrals to refugee scholars. SAR provides sanctuary and assistance to more than 300 threatened scholars worldwide each year. Scholars at Risk works with its global network of higher education institutions around the world to arrange short-term, temporary research and teaching positions for threatened scholars. As they are able, members welcome scholars for visits (usually for a year). These scholars enrich their host communities through teaching, research, mentoring, and study. Some scholars hosted by members face long-term risks. SAR works with these scholars to plan their next steps, including future placements and referrals for additional professional or legal support.
Academic freedom, higher education