Academic freedom, both related to research and teaching, is essential for the advancement of scientific knowledge. Therefore, ISPP is committed to the protection of its members whose academic freedom is at risk anywhere in the world due to the political context where they work and/or live. ISPP is proud to be a member of the Scholars at Risk Network.
ISPP established a committee to monitor and coordinate ISPP actions to support members whose academic freedom is under threat. If you want to participate, please contact the Central Office via e-mail.
If you enjoy academic freedom and the chance to do the research you think is important, please support your colleagues whose academic freedom is in jeopardy.
To provide financial support for these colleagues, ISPP has established the Scholars under Threat Fund. The funds have been collected through a donation drive among ISPP membership and matched funding from ISPP. Several sister organizations generously offered support by sharing the ISPP call for donations among their membership.
Donations made to ISPP ‘s Scholars Under Threat Fund are offered to ISPP members who lost their academic positions or their income in direct connection with political persecution and/or to members who have been displaced as a result of political persecution and are without an official affiliation or income in their current location.
If you wish to donate, please click here. ISPP Members, please log in on the first tab. Non-members, please use the “create an account” tab to enable us to process your donation.
ISPP’s Executive Committee has designated the Scholars Under Threat Committee to determine the distribution of funds collected specifically for this purpose.
ISPP is a 501(c3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax-deductible for people filing income tax in the U.S.
Application for ISPP’s Scholars Under Threat Funds
We have recently offered emergency support to 16 scholars under threat from Turkey from the generous donations of ISPP members. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any more applications to the emergency fund until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.
Donations made to ISPP‘s Scholars Under Threat Fund are used to help support ISPP members who lost their academic positions or their income in direct connection with political persecution and/or to members who have been displaced as a result of political persecution and are without an official affiliation or income in their current location.
It is possible to request funds for immediate emergency support for personal living needs. The funds may also be used to cover research costs to conduct research, covering travel and living expenses to visit colleagues and universities to collaborate for research, and to organize for foreign scholars to travel to the applicants’ home country to conduct joint research to support applicant’s scholar activities (foreign scholars are expected to have their own research funds, but additional funds can be sought to keep local scholars research active or for capacity building). Applications from prior recipients are welcome.
CURRENTLY APPLICATIONS FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF ARE GIVEN PRIORITY.
Funding applications are capped at $1,000 USD for emergency relief.
Changes in funding priorities will be announced here.
ISPP’s Executive Committee has designated the Scholars Under Threat Committee to assess applications and make the funding decisions. All applications will be kept confidential.
Please click here for the application form.
Please return the application form to the ISPP Central Office.
Call for the New Twinning Program
The twinning program aims to facilitate scholarly collaboration between threatened political psychologists and the program partners. These collaborations can offer the opportunity for threatened scholars to continue their academic activities, maintain and advance their careers, and integrate into international political psychology; furthermore, partners can engage in political advocacy on behalf of threatened scholar.
Threatened political psychologists are recognized in the program as scholars who live and work in countries where their scholarly opportunities are limited, and their livelihood and academic freedom are threatened. For more information on what it means to be a threatened scholars, see https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/. Only ISPP members are eligible to participate in the program.
Program partners are political psychologists who live and work outside these countries. Partners should be associate professors/lecturers or above.
The collaboration can take place between junior threatened scholar and mentoring partners, as well as between senior threatened scholar and partners. The actual form of research collaborations should be adjusted to the needs of a threatened scholar, and the opportunities partners can offer. For example:
mentorship of ongoing research projects (e.g., PhD research),
collaborations in international empirical research and co-authorship,
participation in grant applications and ongoing research grants, and
other forms of possible collaborations,
offering/requesting remote affiliation
It is therefore important to set up partnerships based on a match in scholarly interests. Partnerships can consist of multiple threatened scholars and partners, and they are not limited to one-on-one collaborations.
Why should you participate as a partner?
Participating in the twinning program as a partner offers you the opportunity to engage in the activities enhancing academic freedom worldwide and help one or more threatened scholars to remain in academia or advance their careers. Your partnership will also contribute to a more diverse academic exchange, which contributes to better scientific outcomes. Furthermore, engagement in the twinning program can offer new opportunities for conducting research, lead to new research ideas, data from underrepresented regions, networking opportunities, and new publications.
Why should you participate as a threatened scholar?
Participating in the twinning program as a threatened scholar can offer you an opportunity to work together with established political psychologists from around the world. Within the twinning program, you may be able to continue working on your research projects, start new ones in collaborations with the partners, participate in ongoing international research projects, co-author research papers, and enlarge your academic network the partners can potentially offer financial support for your research and host you for shorter or longer visits at their institutions. The partner can also offer political advocacy when needed.
To complete the application form as a Partner click here:
To complete the application form as a Scholar Under Threat click here.
If you have any questions regarding the Twinning Program, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Over the past three years, there has been an ongoing threat to Academic Freedom in Turkey, as the government has forced the dismissal of thousands of scholars at all levels of their careers in retaliation for perceived challenges to the ruling party and president. In particular, more than one thousand academicians signed a January 2016 Peace Petition, calling for an end to war in the Kurdish region, and a negotiated settlement. Following an attempted coup in July 2016, the government has aggressively moved to charge many of the signatories with crimes, and has been holding trials for more than a year. In July 2019, the Constitutional Court ruled that the freedom of expression of convicted academics has been violated. In accordance to this ruling, public prosecutors started to give decisions of acquittals. So far, the number of academics who have been acquitted is 324, including members of ISPP. However, none of the dismissed academics have returned to university nor have they gotten their passports and other rights back.
Free one-year ISPP membership for scholars under threat
ISPP is committed to keeping scholars under threat connected to the international community of political psychologists. Therefore, ISPP offers free one-year ISPP membership for colleagues who lost their academic positions or their income in direct connection with political persecution and/or to members who have been displaced as a result of political persecution and are without an official affiliation or income in their current location. For more information, please contact the ISPP Central Office.