Ukrainian Democrats at Risk: Resources and Support

Last updated January 10, 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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Professional Fellows Program (PFP) – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by American Councils for International Education. A two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. Apply by January 31, 2023.

SI Scholarship for Global Professionals – The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to sustainable development. The scholarship is intended for full-time, one- or two-year master’s programme, and is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  Application portal opens February 10, 2023.

Stockholm School of Economics Riga – Opportunities for Ukrainian students interested in Economics and Business to join a semester at SSE Riga as exchange students. Apply online until Sunday, January 15, 2023. Alternatively, SSE Riga is ready to accept Ukrainian researchers and faculty members as part of the Latvian State Scholarship programme. The call is open until January 31, 2023.

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.

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.

Google Career Certificates – to provide up to 5,000 people in Ukraine with access to Google Career Certificates at no cost, along with wrap-around support such as socio-psychological and work-readiness assistance. In addition, to support small and medium Ukrainian businesses at this difficult time, Google is partnering with the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation and the Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs to offer Google Career Certificates to 1,000 Ukrainian small and medium-sized organizations.

#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 31, 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.

Belguim

College of Europe – Large number of scholarships to university graduates coming from European Neighbourhood Policy countries for post-graduate studies at the College of Europe during the academic year 2023-2024. These scholarships cover academic expenses, accommodation, meals and travel costs. The countries concerned are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine. Deadline for applications is January 18, 2023.

Czechia

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

Finland

EDUFI Fellowship – The programme was launched in May 2022 as part of a wider national level action plan to support Ukrainian higher education students and researchers. So far eight doctoral students representing variety of academic fields and hosted by three Finnish universities have received funding from the programme, and the call continues to be open for applications. The programme is flexible in its approach: all fields of study and all universities from Finland are eligible to apply. The scholarship can be granted both for starting or for continuing doctoral studies.

Denmark

Novo Nordisk Foundation – The fellowship programme provides financial support and training directly to Ukrainian researchers at research institutions in Poland, where they temporarily serve as fellows. The grant from the Foundation will finance more than 90 such fellowships, each 6 months in duration, with the potential to expand efforts to include Ukrainian research teams. The Foundation has awarded an additional DKK 5 million for fellowships that enable Ukrainian researchers from any scientific field to temporarily serve as fellows at a research institution in Denmark.

Germany

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.

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.

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.

Italy

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

Latvia

Stockholm School of Economics Riga – Opportunities for Ukrainian students interested in Economics and Business to join a semester at SSE Riga as exchange students. Apply online until Sunday, January 15, 2023. Alternatively, SSE Riga is ready to accept Ukrainian researchers and faculty members as part of the Latvian State Scholarship programme. The call is open until January 31, 2023.

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.

Novo Nordisk Foundation – The fellowship programme provides financial support and training directly to Ukrainian researchers at research institutions in Poland, where they temporarily serve as fellows. The grant from the Foundation will finance more than 90 such fellowships, each 6 months in duration, with the potential to expand efforts to include Ukrainian research teams. The Foundation has awarded an additional DKK 5 million for fellowships that enable Ukrainian researchers from any scientific field to temporarily serve as fellows at a research institution in Denmark.

Sweden

SI Scholarship for Global Professionals – The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to sustainable development. The scholarship is intended for full-time, one- or two-year master’s programme, and is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  Application portal opens February 10, 2023.

Uppsala University – The new funding will provide 20 scholarships worth SEK 150,000 each, for stays of five months. The scholarships are awarded following a decision and must be preceded by an application from the hosting head of department or equivalent. Applications and decisions are made as they are received.

United Kingdom

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

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.

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

American Councils for International Education– Ukrainian Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) – Eligibility for the VSP is limited to scholars and university faculty who meet program requirements for holding visiting research and/or teaching positions at one of American Councils’ more than 30 cooperating partner institutions in Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania, as well as at Ukrainian institutions in the Central and Western regions of the country. Initial visiting appointments are open to faculty of all disciplines and ranks and for terms of one or two semesters.

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

Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the Department of Economics – Scholars located in Ukraine and affiliated with a university, college, or research institute can apply for $5,000 grants to continue with their research and teaching. The $140,000 fund, granted equally by Berkeley Haas and Berkeley Economics, will help sustain up to 28 Ukrainian academics.

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.

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.

Professional Fellows Program (PFP) – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by American Councils for International Education. A two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. Apply by January 31, 2023.

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. Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

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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