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Supporting Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk (SAR) arranges temporary academic positions at member universities and colleges, including SFU, to offer safety to scholars facing grave threats. Today, there is an urgent need to provide sanctuary and assistance to scholars at risk in Afghanistan. With your generous support, you can ensure that scholars facing immediate danger—such as wrongful imprisonment, prosecution and expulsion—are provided a safe space at SFU to continue their important work.
Funds Raised
$ 3,100
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Protecting the Scholars of Afghanistan

After Taliban insurgents captured the capital city of Kabul in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, many citizens are now facing fear and uncertainty in their country. Due to the current threat to scholars—who have no way of safely continuing their research—the demand for sanctuary has dramatically increased. By making a donation today you can join with the SFU community to provide critical support to our colleagues at risk.

Thousands of scholars worldwide face daily threats to their lives and well-being for being at the forefront of critical inquiry and expression, free exchange of ideas and open research. Now that local and global have become so closely intertwined, and as the space for open discourse shrinks around the world, it’s more important than ever for Simon Fraser University to provide a safe community where scholars can continue to advance research and innovation.

SFU joined Scholars at Risk (SAR) in 2017, an international network of institutions and individuals who are providing sanctuary and a...read more

Donation Impact

A donation to the SAR program will cover the scholars’ salary, benefits, professional development, research costs, books and conferences. It also prepares us to provide support in other critical ways—from mental health and health care services, to relocation costs and support for family members. We strive to keep administrative costs low so that your gift goes directly towards supporting our scholars and helping them settle into their new lives at SFU and in Canada.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 for each scholar's one-year term at SFU to meet the complex needs of their situation. Please make your donation today, and help ensure this transformative program is available to our colleagues in need of support.