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Sustaining Ukrainian Scholarship

Duration: 2023 – 2026

The New Europe College (NEC Bucharest) and the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS Sofia) have collaborated together for a new funding program in support of scholars from the regions affected by Russia’s war against Ukraine. The program is aimed at qualified researchers (post-doctoral level) in the humanities and the social sciences, including law and economics, who in­tend to pursue a project of their own choosing. The selected applicants will have the opportunity to spend an extended period (ideally one or two semesters, between October and July) as Fellows, resident in either Bucharest or Sofia, where they will enjoy all the benefits associated with a fellowship (stipend, accommodation, academic and administrative assistance, integration into international academic networks). By agreement, financial support can also be granted to researchers who are not in residence for the full period and, who want or need to continue their work in Ukraine.

Seed funding to support the Fellows’ scholarly activities is also available, e.g., for the organisation of small events, for cooperative projects with partners in the host country or at home, or for the provision, development or reconstruction of research infrastructure, especially in the digital arena.

Overall, NEC and CAS hope to contribute with this program to the sustaina­bility and renewal of scientific life and work in Ukraine and beyond.

The project “Sustaining Ukrainian Scholarship – A Fellowship Program for 3 years, 2023 – 2026” has been established with the financial support of the VolkswagenStiftung, in partnership with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and is managed in cooperation with the New Europe College Bucharest (NEC) and the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS). It is part of a wider initiative for the creation of an Institute for Advanced Study in Kyiv, together with the worldwide Network of Institutes for Advanced Study. This year, on the 8th of November in Berlin, The Ukrainian institute has started successfully, albeit for now, because of the ongoing war, only in its virtual form as a Virtual Ukrainian Institute for Advanced Study (VUIAS).