Academy in Exile is based on a proven model that creates multidisciplinary cohorts of scholars around a unified theme, with the aim of enabling persecuted scholars to collaborate with each other. As of March 2019, a total of 27 scholars were awarded with long-term fellowships of 12 to 24 months or short-term emergency stipends of three months.
Reflecting the immense need of scholars at risk today, Academy in Exile received 105 applications for six fellowships in October 2017. Applications were reviewed by a committee of ten scholars and rated according to academic merit and risk. The members of the committee are experts on Turkey. Half of the members recently emigrated from Turkey to Germany. With new funding made available, Academy in Exile has been able to increase the number of the initial six fellowships to 27.