Scholars at Risk at Queen's

"Scholars at Risk (SAR) protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in our network as well as by providing advisory and referral services.”

The mandate of the Queen's SAR Committee is to oversee the implementation of SAR activities with the purpose of ensuring consistency, transparency and quality of its activities while fostering an environment of global cosmopolitanism, and global citizenship at Queen’s that protects and encourages academic freedom.


SAR’s mission aligns with Queen’s Strategic Framework, Queen’s University Comprehensive International Plan, and with Queen’s priorities of equity, diversity and inclusion. SAR will also provide extensive opportunities for Queen’s undergraduate and graduate students to engage in experiential learning opportunities, such as:

Student Advocacy Seminar and Legal Clinics researching human rights, threats to imprisoned scholars, and exploring advocacy options.

On campus events, guest lectures and conferences to raise awareness as part of an in-class project or speaker series, for example inviting a SAR scholar hosted at a university in Ottawa or Toronto.

Contributing to projects that identify and track key incidents to protect vulnerable individuals, raise awareness, and promote dialogue and understanding to prevent future threats.

Participating in the Academic Refuge Project, which aims to improve the capacity of universities to assist refugees and threatened academics on campus and to promote understanding for higher education values.

Queen’s may choose to host a SAR scholar for a short-term period, thereby increasing the diversity of experiences and voices on campus.

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Arts and Science

Faculty of Health Sciences

Smith School of Business

School of Graduate Studies

Queen’s University Faculty Association



Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International)

Past Events:

SAR Event Poster Fall 2022

In Conversation with Dr. Canan Altınkaş

Past events:

For more information, please contact:
Laura Esford (