Ukrainian Democrats at Risk: Resources and Support

Last updated May 6, 2022

This list is maintained by the staff of the Democracy Resource Center. If you would like to have your institution added to the list, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at drc@ned.org.

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NEW

Eastern European Independent Journalist Fund– Fund will support stories produced by Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian journalists who are reporting the truth on the war despite the enormous risks. Both freelancers and staff reporters working on stories for independent media are welcome to apply. In all cases, journalists should have a demonstrated history of reporting freely and independently and not in the service of any political or economic interests.

Redkollegia– The Redkollegia project, supported by the Sreda Foundation and the Zimin Foundation, will help journalists with relocation and assist them with the search for grants from various international foundations. Journalists from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine can apply for this program. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2022.

Journalists & Media

GLOBAL

Journalists in Distress Network – A coalition of 24 organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers, includes major orgs like Freedom House, PEN International, CPJ, RSF, Internews, Article19, etc. Each organization has its own requirements for emergency assistance, but coordinate efforts. Emergency funding efforts of specific orgs listed below based on the region where the org is located.

Redkollegia– The Redkollegia project, supported by the Sreda Foundation and the Zimin Foundation, will help journalists with relocation and assist them with the search for grants from various international foundations. Journalists from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine can apply for this program. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2022.

Europe

CZECHIA

Eastern European Independent Journalist Fund– Fund will support stories produced by Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian journalists who are reporting the truth on the war despite the enormous risks. Both freelancers and staff reporters working on stories for independent media are welcome to apply. In all cases, journalists should have a demonstrated history of reporting freely and independently and not in the service of any political or economic interests.

Denmark

International Media Support – Safety Fund. Support is given only in the short-term, and no longer than 6 months, covering the immediate needs of the individual or his/her close relatives. IMS is part of the Journalists in Distress Network.

France

Harriman Institute at Columbia University – 12-month residencies for Ukrainian applicants will be offered for the year 2022-23: the Paul Klebnikov Residency is reserved for a journalist; the two Harriman Residencies are open to writers and others in the creative and visual arts. Application deadline is May 10.

Reporters Without Borders Assistance Desk – Coordinates the administrative, material and financial support that RSF provides to journalists and media organizations in distress.

Germany

KATAPULT – Professional accommodations – editorial rooms, PCs, servers – for journalists fleeing Ukraine.

Kosovo

European Center For Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) – On April 11 the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) opened the call for applications from Ukraine for the Journalists-in-Residence Kosovo (JiR Kosovo) Programme. The JiR Kosovo Programme is financed by the Government of Republic of Kosovo and enables 20 individual Ukrainian journalists and media workers to relocate to Kosovo for a period of up to six months with the possibility of extension depending on the developments in Ukraine. Journalists arriving in Kosovo will have the status of internationally protected individuals.

Netherlands

Free Press Unlimited – Reporters respond fund, emergency & legal support. Part of the Journalists in Distress Network.

Poland

OCCRP, GJIN, and Fundacja Reporterów – Offering journalists coming from Ukraine to Poland housing and help finding jobs.

Ukraine

Lviv Media Forum – Lviv Media Forum changed its business hours due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The organization has provided 24/7 support to the Ukrainian editorial boards and journalists since the 24th of February of 2022. Wide range of digital support, re-location support, safety and housing support in Lviv, mental health support, financial support.

Press Freedom Centre – Launched by RSF in Lviv, Ukraine to provide safety equipment and support to journalists in Ukraine.

United Kingdom

The Fix – Partnership among a coalition including The Fix, Dutch Media NGO Are We. EuropeJnomics and Ukrainian NGO Media Development Foundation, and various publishers around Europe, to run a fundraising initiative and cover both current and future operational needs of Ukrainian media.

Rory Peck Trust – Crisis fund. Part of the Journalists in Distress Network.

North America

United States

Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) – Democracy Fellows will spend one year in residence at CEPA in Washington, DC. They will engage in conducting independent writing and research in their areas of expertise with the goal of providing truthful information to educate the public and policymakers in the United States and Europe. CEPA will provide all logistical support for travel as well as a stipend. Open to Ukrainians and Russians who are unable to continue their work because of Putin’s war in Ukraine.

International Women’s Media Foundation – Emergency Fund provides assistance to women journalists in danger. Part of the Journalists in Distress Network.

Committee to Protect Journalists – Gene Roberts Fund for Emergency Assistance, The Gene Roberts fund is administered by the CPJ staff in New York and overseen by a special committee of CPJ’s board of directors. It provides modest grants to journalists who qualify for CPJ assistance. CPJ is part of the Journalist in Distress Network.

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Scholars/Research OPPORTUNITIES

Global

Embo – A list of life scientists across Europe and beyond offering to host Ukrainian researchers in their labs.

#ScienceForUkraine – Collects and disseminates information about support opportunities at the university, national, and international level for graduate students and researchers directly affiliated to an academic institution in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Global University – A global network of educational institutions, that have joint efforts to rebuild Ukraine by supporting Ukrainian high schoolers, students, scientists, tutors and providing them with scholarships, fellowships and postgraduate programs.

ASIA

JAPAN

University of Tokyo – For students and researchers who are unable to secure a safe place to study or research due to the armed invasion of Ukraine by Russia, we will temporarily accept them at our university to provide an educational and research environment. Acceptance period until March 23, 2023.

TAIWAN

Taiwan Scholarships for Ukrainian Students and Scholars – To show our concern for the crisis in Ukraine, Taiwan is offering scholarships for Ukrainian students and scholars. Application is open until further notice and available online.

Europe

Central European University – Fund to support 30 Ukrainian students for the next academic year.

European Research Area for Ukraine (ERA4Ukraine) – One-stop-shop for information and support services to Ukraine-based researchers and researchers fleeing Ukraine. The portal brings together initiatives at the EU level, per country and from non-governmental groups. It aims to help affected researchers find housing and job opportunities, facilitate the recognition of their diplomas, and offer other services.

European Research Counsel (ERC for Ukraine) – Positions posted by ERC-funded scientists willing and able to open their labs and teams to Ukrainian researchers and research support staff.

AUSTRIA

Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) – Invites colleagues from Ukraine to Austria, so that they can continue their work here at the research facilities of the OeAW and other institutions.

TU Wein – Aid includes no tuition fees for Ukrainian students, simplified leave of absence, admission of visiting scholars with scholarships in research areas represented at the TUW, and creation of “scholarships” for up to 10 visiting scientists until June 30, 2022.

Czechia

Czech Academy of Sciences – A call for the researchers and PhD students from Ukraine under the new programme “Researchers at Risk Fellowship”.

Researchjobs.cz – Updated list of job offerings and internships for Ukrainian scientists.

Finland

TIAS Kone Foundation Scholars at Risk Fellowship Programme – Invites applications for one (1) Collegium and one (1) Postdoctoral Fellow positions for a two-year period starting as soon as possible. Application period: 22 April – 11 May 2022.

France

Collège de France – supports the PAUSE programme in its solidarity action towards Ukrainian scientists in danger. The PAUSE programme opens a special appeal for emergency assistance to Ukrainian researchers at risk thanks to an emergency fund granted by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation – Research fellowships available for threatened scholars.

Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities – A fund for up to 5 scholarships for researchers are available for a period of four months. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of EUR 2,500; assistance with finding research partners will also be provided.

CEE special fellowship programme for Ukraine – The German Federal Environmental Foundation has launched a special fellowship programme to support university graduates from Ukraine to work on topics related to environmental protection and nature conservation.

DAAD – Offers flexible opportunities for academics and students from Ukraine.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – supports researchers who have fled their home countries by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding under the Walter Benjamin Programme.

Fedor Stepun-Fellow program at the University Bochum for Ukrainian and Russian scientists at risk – The program will provide PhD and doctoral residential fellowships. The duration of the program is 3-4 months.

Freie Universität Berlin – Refugee scholars from Ukraine as well as scholars who are at risk due to the domestic political situation in Russia and Belarus and have to leave the country can apply for a bridging fellowship at the Institute for East European Studies at Freie Universität. The fellowships are intended to last three to six months.

Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Institute for Human Sciences) -The IWM is offering 18 new two-month fellowships for outstanding Ukrainian scholars, funded by the City of Vienna. Applications must be submitted by 22 May 2022.

Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) – Extended its scholarship programme by 20 additional places for refugee Ukrainian (Russian/Belarusian) scholars and librarians. The project applied for should have a meaningful connection to the collection, holdings or research focus of the respective SPK institution.

Research Centre for East European Studies in Bremen – Hans Koschnick Scholarships for Researchers at Risk.

SCRIPTS – Emergency fund for scholars at risk from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Scholars who fled from Ukraine as well as scholars at risk due to the domestic political situation in Russia and Belarus can apply for a special fellowship at SCRIPTS. They will receive a basic stipend and will have access to an office space.

TU Dort­mund – Bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity who are in need due to the current crisis in Ukra­i­ne can be supported with up to 500,00 EUR each within the frame­work of an emergency aid. Other services and aid available.

University of Erfurt – In collaboration with the Leibniz Institute, updated list of opportunities for Ukrainian refugee scholars.

Volkswagen Foundation, Funding for Refugee Scholars and Scientists from Ukraine – Offers both doctoral students and postdocs as well as established researchers the opportunity to continue their research for a 6-12 month period.

Italy

Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History – Based in Rome, Italy, offers #ScienceForUkraine Art History Fellowships as an immediate action for supporting art historians at risk in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, independently from their nationality.

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – offering support and fellowships to art historians and heritage scholars at risk.

Lithuania

Vilnius Academy of Arts – invites arts faculty to teach, students to study free of charge.

Poland

Academy of Young Scientists – Will help find accommodation and jobs for Ukrainian scientists who left Ukraine due to war or plan to leave in the coming days.

German Historical Institute Warsaw, Max Weber Foundation – The German Historical Institute Warsaw under the umbrella of the Max Weber Foundation is now awarding scholarships to support Ukrainian historians who have fled. In the first phase, funding is provided for three-month research stays at the GHI in Warsaw. The amount of the stipend is 1.600,– EUR per month. In addition, supplements for childcare can be paid. The start of the scholarship can be April 1, 2022.

Romania

University of Art and Design Budapest – will automatically grant scholarships to Hungarian Transcarpathian and Ukrainian students for its (Hungarian and English language) academic programmes starting in September and is opening its ongoing courses to refugee design and art students to enable them to continue their studies, and have their credits accepted by their own universities after the war.

United Kingdom

Cara (Council for at Risk Academics) – The UK equivalent of Scholars at Risk working to place Ukrainian academics at UK universities.

Lancaster University Lancaster Sanctuary Scholarship – Offers students who are classed as refugees and/or have humanitarian protection a package of financial and student success support. The Lancaster Sanctuary Scholarship is open to those who have left Ukraine who might be new to higher education as well as those wishing to continue with their studies.

Researchers at Risk Fellowship Programme – The Fellowships will provide a salary, research and living costs for up to two years for these researchers, and will be available across all disciplines for postdoctoral researchers or those with equivalent experience, aiming to support Ukraine in preserving its research ecosystem.

SPAIN

University of Barcelona – Support for teaching and research staff, and students.  The TRS temporary host program will enable Ukrainian lecturers to get a contract as visiting lecturers at the UB.  The Transition Course to University Studies – Ukraine edition is an official university extension course with 15 places for students with refugee status due to the war and will start on 25 April and end on 30 September 2022.

North America

United States

Article 26 Backpack at UC Davis – provides scholars and students with a digital backpack to store their academic and professional documents.

Columbia University – Creating various levels of emergency fellowships with Paris serving as the European hub.  Additionally, Columbia is focused on collecting and protecting information at risk, both to preserve existing critical scholarly information and create an archive specifically about the war in Ukraine. Emergency fellowship application deadline is May 10.

Fordham University – The American Academy for Jewish Research and the Center for Jewish Studies at Fordham University invite applications for fellowships in Jewish Studies from scholars affected by the current war in Ukraine. Application review begins April 14 and will continue as long as funding is available. The fellowship’s goal is to provide support and remote access to resources for scholars in need affected by the war.

Harvard University – Providing support through Scholars at Risk and remote fellowships offered through the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.

Institute of International Education Emergency Student Fund – IIE is now accepting nominations from IIENetwork Member institutions for Up to five international students from Ukraine who are impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) – Arranges, funds, and supports fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide.

Scholars at Risk – Provides placement assistance but no funding.

Special Student Relief (SSR) – Suspension of certain regulatory requirements by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for an F‑1 student from parts of the world that are experiencing emergent circumstances.

University of Chicago – Expanded fellowship programs for current college students who are unable to continue their studies in Ukraine, Expanded programming in college readiness and preparation for college applications for students from Ukraine; such remote and in-person programming will be based at UChicago’s Center in Paris.

Middle East

Israel

Haifa University – Scholar Refuge Fund goal is to support 100 scholars.

Hebrew University – HU is offering temporary academic posts to Ukrainian academics and graduate students and has invited professors to continue their research at the Hebrew. University for a period of up to 4 months. Suitable candidates will receive monthly stipends of up to $2,800 USD, as well as free room and board at on-campus residences.

Tel Aviv University – Emergency Fellowship Fund for Ukrainian Graduate Students, up to six months, full tuition and living stipend. Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.

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Artists

GLOBAL

Artists at Risk – Emergency resources for artists and cultural workers fleeing Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.

Link for Ukrainian artists and cultural workers

Link for Belarusian and Russian artists and cultural workers

IIE Artist Protection Fund – APF makes fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of practice, and places them at host institutions in safe countries where they can continue their work and plan for their futures.

International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) – an independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.

Europe

Austria

Die Angewandte (University of Applied Arts Vienna) – Starting the academic year 2022/23, the institution offers to receive 50 students from Ukraine who are already pursuing comparable degrees. Application 2 May 2022 until 23 May 2022.

Office Ukraine. Shelter for Ukrainian Artists (BMKÖS) – The culture department is providing special funding of 300,000 euros for work grants and project funding for Ukrainian artists.

Finland

Helsinki International Artist Programme – To address the catastrophic situation in Ukraine, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Connecting Points programme and Saari Residence are offering residencies and accommodation for Ukrainian and Ukraine-based artists and art professionals who are fleeing from Ukraine or who have been displaced due to the war in Ukraine.

France

Harriman Institute at Columbia University – 12-month residencies for Ukrainian applicants will be offered for the year 2022-23: the Paul Klebnikov Residency is reserved for a journalist; the two Harriman Residencies are open to writers and others in the creative and visual arts. Application deadline is May 10.

Germany

Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation – The scientists would have to work on art historical exhibitions, research projects, inventory catalogues, catalogs raisonnés or publicity measures for and in the institutions. The duration of the individual measures could be a maximum of one year.

Hungary

MOME ACTS – MOME is opening its ongoing courses to refugee design and art students to enable them to continue their studies. Applicants with a university student status in Ukraine can join English-language courses free of charge in the 2022 spring semester.

Lithuania

Nida Art Colony – has space to host art institutional teams from Ukraine, artists and culture professionals with their families as well as full study courses with students to live and potentially continue conducting work and studies.

Romania

Association of Romanian Contemporary Art Galleries, Romania – Inviting artists from the area of performing and visual arts, film, research, sound or any other discipline to take part in this program that will take place in Bucharest, Cluj and Timisoara. We will try to provide accommodation and financial support for the duration of the stay. Each artist will be offered help according to their needs, without any formal obligation.

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General Refugee Resources

BG4UA – Part of the Bulgarian evacuation, relocation, and accommodation efforts for Ukrainians who wish to come to Bulgaria, or who have found themselves in Bulgaria and would like to stay.

Estonian Refugee Council – Help organize transportation, accommodation, and counseling for Ukrainian refugees.

Hungarian Helsinki Committee – Providing professional and free legal assistance, from counselling to representation, to Ukrainian refugees .

InfoMigrants – A news and information site for migrants to counter misinformation at every point of their journey: in their country of origin, along the route, or in the places where they hope to start a new life.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators – Lists immigration and study abroad information resources relevant to individuals impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

People in Need – Working mainly in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, People in Need aid provides financial assistance to buy the basic necessities of life, hygiene kits, or food parcels with flour, oil, salt and sugar as well as healthcare and repairing damaged houses and water systems.

United for Ukraine – Legal, accommodation, and psychological support resources for Ukrainian refugees in Europe.

Ukraine to Latvia – Information for Ukrainians coming to Latvia.

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