MESA awarded its 2014 Academic Freedom Award to the Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE). The Cairo-based organization works to defend the rights of members of the academic community in Egypt.
MESA awarded its 2013 Academic Freedom Award to two organizations--the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) and the Scholars at Risk (SAR) program--for their efforts in support of Syrian higher education institutions and faculty.
Tutuklu Öğrencilerle Dayanışma İnisiyatifi (TÖDİ) (The Initiative for Solidarity with Detained Students)
MESA awarded its 2012 Academic Freedom Award to TÖDİ. TÖDİ was created for the purpose of offering support on behalf of the hundreds of students who have been arrested by the Turkish government on the basis of their academic research or exercise of their rights of free speech and association.