Scholars at Risk


In 2017 Memorial University joined Scholars at Risk (SAR), a network of more than 400 higher education institutions 139 countries working to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education and promote academic freedom.

According to Free to Think, a recent report published by SAR, scholars and students at universities around the world face regular threats as a result of their academic work and free expression of ideas. These threats to higher education communities range from restrictions on travel and unjustified firings to imprisonment and violence.
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Scholars at Risk’s work is rooted in the principle of academic freedom- the freedom to pursue scholarship and research without discrimination, censorship, intimidation, or violence. SAR aims to bring scholars facing severe human rights abuses in their home region to positions universities, colleges, and research centers in any safe country. For further information, please visit the SAR website

There is now a 21 member network in Canada of SAR 
SAR in member country “Canada”…View more:

SAR member institutions assist persecuted scholars and students by offering temporary research and teaching positions, monitoring and advocating against attacks on higher education and conducting learning initiatives to promote academic freedom.

Support for Ukraine

Memorial thanks Carleton University for their leadership in the Canadian chapter of SAR over the past few years and shares this link of ways to engage with all those impacted by the war in Ukraine, including Ukraine nationals and nationals of other countries whose academic programs and whose lives have been disrupted by the hostilities:

Get Involved
How to be involved:
Memorial University’s Scholars at Risk membership will be managed through the Internationalization Office with leadership from committee of representatives from across disciplines and units, with supports from four subcommittees which will focus on: management of employment and placement; communication and event planning; fundraising activities and the arrival and settlement of scholars and their families. For more detail about the subcommittees, please click…

Faculty, staff and students of member institution like Memorial University have the opportunity to engage in a variety of SAR activities including:
• Inviting SAR scholars to share their stories on campus through the SAR Speaker Series:
• Advocating on behalf of imprisoned scholars through Student Advocacy Seminars and SAR’s Action Campaigns 
• Researching attacks on higher education through the Academic Freedom Monitoring Projects: and
• Engaging in growing conversation around university values by attending SAR workshops and joining working groups 

To learn more about SAR and to get involved, contact Sonja Knutson, director of the Internationalization Office at

MUN SAR to host a scholar
The scholar is Dr. Eda Erdener, a professor of psychology; she spoke out against the Turkish state. Then she was forced to flee. Read more…..

She gave a public lecture at Cal State San Bernardino on 'women at war.' View pictures and the summary of the public lecture:

Give now!

Donations to Scholars at Risk can be made in several ways:

Our secure website

By mail
Office of Development
Memorial University
PO Box 4200
St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7

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(709) 864-4354, toll free 1-877-700-4081

If you wish to donate via payroll, please visit Once you are logged in, select the “Employees” section. From there, navigate to the tab called “Faculty and Staff Giving” you can then complete the donation form.


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