History & Mission

Scholars at Risk Europe, hosted at Maynooth University, is the European office of the global Scholars at Risk network. Scholars at Risk is an international network of higher education institutions and individuals working to protect threatened scholars and to promote academic freedom. Launched at an event at the European Parliament in November 2018, the establishment of SAR Europe at Maynooth represents the culmination of nearly two decades of partnership between European higher education institutions and the global Scholars at Risk Network. The European office supports and coordinates the activities of Scholars at Risk national sections and partner networks across Europe to strengthen our collective voice at the European level and contribute to informed policymaking for the greater protection of scholars and increased respect for academic freedom worldwide. 


SAR Europe currently operates as an independent, informal research unit within the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) under a hosting agreement between Maynooth University and SAR. In 2021, SAR Europe is pursuing separate legal incorporation in order to register as a charity in Ireland. A joint Maynooth-SAR committee provides general oversight of SAR Europe. This committee will be joined by an independent board and governing bylaws to be put in place in 2021-2022 as part of the independent incorporation of SAR Europe. 


Bios for SAR Europe staff based at Maynooth University are available here. SAR Europe staff work closely with SAR's global secretariat. Full list of SAR staff available here


SAR Europe’s current funding sources are the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, SAR Inc. (SAR’s headquarters based at New York University), and Open Society Foundations (OSF). Maynooth University provides in-kind support.