Ukrainian Democrats at Risk: Resources and Support

Last updated September 12, 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.

Journalists & Media   |    Scholars/Researchers    |    Artists    |    General Refugee Resources

NEW

Global Democracy Ambassador Scholarship for Ukrainian Scholars – Chef and humanitarian José Andrés; global human rights and pro-democracy activist Garry Kasparov; social entrepreneur and KIND Snacks Founder Daniel Lubetzky; and Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman are co-chairing the Global Democracy Ambassador Scholarship to help Ukrainian students continue their studies, educate global peers on the fragility and importance of democracy, and inspire the world to stay engaged. Scholarships are for undergraduate students and will be rolled out in two phases. Scholars will receive up to $25,000 for required educational expenses, as well as a $5,000 living stipend.

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.

Europe

ECPMF’s Journalists-in-Residence (JiR) programme – Offers temporary shelter for journalists facing harassment and intimidation as a direct result of their work. Calls for applications are announced on http://www.ecpmf.eu and the ECPMF’s social media once or twice a year and are also disseminated throughout the Centre’s European networks.

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

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

Germany

DW Academie MediaFit Newsletter – Sign up for the MediaFit newsletter to receive grant opportunities and updates from DW Akademie’s partners on the ground. .

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.

RSF (Reporters Without Borders) – Providing financial assistance to journalists and media as well as travel insurance, bulletproof vests, helmets, administrative support.

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

Seed Money Fellowships (University of Vienna) – The Research Platform “Transformations and Eastern Europe” awards contracts for services (Werkvertrag) to postdoctoral researchers (in justified cases also to doctoral students) for the purpose of preparation of grant applications (e.g. FWF, OENB, EU and other research funding agencies). The proposed research projects should be submitted with the University of Vienna and they should compatible with the field of interest of the research platform. The call for applications is also aimed in particular at scholars from Ukraine and those from the Russian Federation who, because of their opposition to the war, are seeking employment outside Russia. Application deadline: September 15, 2022.

Czechia

Czech Government Scholarship – The Government of the Czech Republic offers scholarships within the framework of its Foreign Development Assistance in support of the study of foreign nationals from developing countries listed below at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic. The deadline for submitting applications for the academic year 2023/2024 is on 30 September 2022.

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

Finland

Academy of Finland – The Academy of Finland has opened a call for applications to invite researchers from Ukraine to carry out research in Finland. The aim of the call is to support researchers who are prevented from working in Ukraine because of the Russian attack and who need physical protection to be able to carry out their research. The call closes when the funding has been fully allocated, but no later than December 2022.

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.

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.

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.

GREECE

SJMC of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki– Providing a safe international environment to Ukrainian students who wish to continue their studies at a post-graduate level offers one (1) scholarship in each of the following three pathways of its year-long, English language post-graduate program M.A. in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism: Digital media, culture, and communication, European Journalism, and Risk Communication and Crisis Journalism. Deadline September 23, 2022.

Italy

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.

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.

University of Aberdeen –  The University is offering up to eight Honorary Fellowships to enable academics impacted by the war in Ukraine to continue their research while in the UK. Apply by May 31, 2023.

North America

CANADA

FRQSC Ukraine & Russian Students Awards – A program intended for Ukrainian (in priority) and Russian students who wish to undertake a graduate program or a research internship at a university or college located in Quebec. The FRQ, in collaboration with the host educational institution, will offer scholarships to students whose files have been previously selected by their host educational institution.

United States

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

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.

Georgetown University – To address the crisis created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the newly-created Gracias Family Sunflower Current Use Scholarship Fund maximizes support for students who reside in or have been displaced from Ukraine. Students who are current or recently displaced residents of Ukraine may apply for these merit-based scholarships for graduate study in any of the School of Foreign Service’s eight master’s degree programs. In addition to covering tuition and fees, the Gracias Family Sunflower Scholarship provides students with emergency funds as needed.

Global Democracy Ambassador Scholarship for Ukrainian Scholars – Chef and humanitarian José Andrés; global human rights and pro-democracy activist Garry Kasparov; social entrepreneur and KIND Snacks Founder Daniel Lubetzky; and Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman are co-chairing the Global Democracy Ambassador Scholarship to help Ukrainian students continue their studies, educate global peers on the fragility and importance of democracy, and inspire the world to stay engaged. Scholarships are for undergraduate students and will be rolled out in two phases. Scholars will receive up to $25,000 for required educational expenses, as well as a $5,000 living stipend.

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

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.

Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholars –  Each Knight-Hennessy scholar will receive full financial support to pursue a degree in any graduate program at Stanford – from PhDs in education, engineering, humanities, and sciences to arts degrees like DMA or MFA to professional degrees like JD, MBA, or MD.

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

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

MAX (Makers’ eXchange) – A special support program for Ukrainian artists and creatives that had to leave their country because of the war. Ukrainian CCS professionals will be connected with and hosted in creative hubs around Europe providing them access to working spaces and linking them to relevant creative communities. 27 of them will get a grant of 1.000€ to assist their mobility.

Austria

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.

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.

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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