What is the Sanctuary Fellowship?
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Lancaster University Sanctuary Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide a safe place at Lancaster or scholars who face persecution and barriers to research freely in their own countries because of conflict, violence or political oppression. Lancaster University will provide a full fee waiver and offer in-kind and direct financial assistance to the Fellow and any accompanying family dependents.
The Fellowship has been created in response to the rapid increase in numbers of academics needing support. There is a corresponding urgency to raise awareness of their plight and to gather funding to help them secure a safe haven in which to live and work. We want to be able to offer facilities for this purpose at Lancaster. Working alongside the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara), the Sanctuary Fellowship will enable an academic or student at risk to spend time in safety in the UK to further their work. If sufficient funding can be raised, this would include the families of the academics we are supporting.
Lancaster has also set aside £20,000 to provide match funding for all donations that support our Lancaster Sanctuary Fellowship.