LSE Scholars at Risk (LSE SAR) is a School-wide initiative co-ordinated from LSE Human Rights and supported by the LSE Annual Fund. LSE SAR has programmes in support of both scholars who are currently facing risk and those who have already fled persecution and are now rebuilding their lives in the UK.
LSE has a long history of protecting scholars against persecution. In response to the persecution of central European scholars by the Nazis the LSE supported the establishment of an Academic Assistance Council (now the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics) set up to help refugee academics. From 1933 the School invited scholars fleeing the war to continue their work in the safe and stimulating environs of the LSE, among them Karl Popper and George Soros.
LSE SAR supports at risk and refugee academics in partnership with the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics in London and the Scholar Rescue Fund in New York. LSE is a member of the Scholars at Risk Network, an international network of universities and colleges that defends the human rights of persecuted scholars worldwide.
Our temporary Hosting Programme enables us to provide 'at risk' scholars with the opportunity to continue their work in safety. LSE SAR houses, with financial support, scholars whose lives or work are being threatened in their home countries and who have research interests that coincide with those of the School. LSE SAR has hosted an Iranian scholar, Iraqi researcher, Ethiopian economist, Iraqi professor and a Palestinian economist. Over time, and with additional and secure funding, LSE SAR hopes to have a community of scholars here able to contribute to their respective fields of research and teaching in a climate of safety and conducive to the flourishing of academic pursuits.
Our SAR Visiting Fellowship programme assists UK-based refugee scholars in re-orienting their careers in the UK education sector. LSE SAR provides a select number of Visiting Fellowships for refugee scholars. The scholars, who are based in the UK with refugee status, are welcomed into a host department under the LSE Visiting Fellowship scheme. They are provided with additional support, including grants to enable them to travel to LSE. They are also given access to one-to-one language support.
Our Reconnect with Research programme provides academic English language and research skills training to UK-based refugee scholars. The course is open to UK-based refugee or asylum-seeking scholars who would benefit from enhanced English language support and introduction to the UK Higher Education system. It provides access to LSE expertise and resources and aims to assist persecuted scholars in returning to academia. The Reconnect with Research programme is run by the Language Centre and the Scholars At Risk scheme from the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. It was supported by the LSE Annual Fund. Reconnect with Research is not currently scheduled.