HHI Scholars at Risk

The Scholars at Risk (SAR) Program at Harvard is dedicated to helping scholars, artists, writers, and public intellectuals from around the world escape persecution and continue their work by providing ten-month-long academic fellowships at Harvard University. Founded in 2001 as an independent member of the International Scholars at Risk Network, SAR at Harvard relies on the generosity of private donors and the Office of the President to carry out its crucial and often life-saving mission.

For more information on the Harvard SAR please visit: https://harvardscholarsatrisk.harvard.edu/

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is honored to collaborate with the Harvard SAR Program to host scholars who pursue scholarly activities in the humanitarian field and whose research focuses in areas relevant to HHI’s strategic priorities.  HHI aims to equip hosted scholars with new areas of learning, professional development opportunities, network building, mentor guidance, and tools that may assist them in their career transition after their fellowship at HHI ends.


  • Provide a productive and engaging learning experience for the scholars
  • Enable scholars to continue working safely in their professional capacities

Self-directed learning approach

  • Curricula are informal, self-regulated, and cooperative, but based in practical lessons that are translatable to the real world
  • Learners are independent, intrinsically motivated, and self-directed; therefore, able to identify their goals, interests, and how their experience can match their upcoming responsibilities
  • Professional development involves an environment that encourages participation, ongoing peer support, and one-on-one coaching
  • Adult learners keep track of and report on their progress and have the opportunities to put lessons into practice when they return to their home countries

If you have questions about the Harvard SAR that HHI is hosting, please contact Dr. Irini Albanti at ialbanti@hsph.harvard.edu