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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. By joining the network, members send a powerful message in support of these goals and advance the global conversation on the importance of academic freedom to higher education quality and to society.

Members have a variety of opportunities to get involved in this important work and engage with SAR’s global community. To learn more about these opportunities, download the Getting Involved brochure.

To join the network, click the button on the right and complete the online membership form or download the appropriate membership agreement:


Confirming membership

Upon submission of the online form or PDF, your institution's membership status will be pending. SAR staff will then review your submission, confirm your membership, and contact you with information for new members.


If you have any questions about membership or any difficulty with the online form, please contact us at or +1-212-998-4843.

Thank you again for your interest in joining this important work. We look forward to working with you!

Membership Information

Rights & Obligations of Membership (Requirements)

The obligations of membership include the following. There are no other obligations of membership.

  • Commitment to academic freedom: Members commit to the principle that scholars should be free to work without fear or intimidation, as set forth in the Scholars at Risk network’s founding statement.
  • Official SAR representative: Members designate a primary representative to communicate with the SAR office and network, including receiving information about scholars seeking temporary assistance and other network activities.
  • Rights of membership:  Members in good standing are eligible to vote at membership meetings; receive discounts on event admission; and receive preferential consideration for services, internships and other opportunities.

Activities and Opportunities for Participation (Optional)

Participation in any specific SAR activity, including hosting scholars, is at the discretion of the institution through its representative.  SAR provides opportunities for members to engage at all levels (institutional, administration, faculty, student and alumni), including:
  • Hosting lectures, panels and other events, including SAR Speaker Series events, featuring SAR scholars
  • Advocating on behalf of imprisoned, detained or unjustly prosecuted scholars through the Scholars-in-Prison Project or through a faculty-led Student Advocacy Seminar
  • Promoting academic freedom through the SAR Academic Freedom Monitoring Project and related research
  • Hosting threatened scholars as temporary visitors, students, researchers, or professors. Members will have access to courageous and inspiring educators for academic visits and will receive direct assistance in making arrangements and in counseling scholar-visitors about relocation, adjustment, job searching and post-visit transitions.
  • Participating in SAR conferences and workshops on academic freedom, university autonomy and related higher education issues.
  • Student internship opportunities and alumni engagement, through public events and visiting scholar mentorship opportunities
  • Helping to shape SAR’s priorities and direction, including by suggesting new activities.

Membership Subscriptions

Scholars at Risk invites members, affiliates and partner network members to contribute an annual subscription to support SAR's services for scholars and higher education institutions. To learn more about the membership subscription or to pay a membership subscription, click here.
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