In Solidarity with Ukraine. ES/PE Statement. Resources for Ukrainian Social Scientists

The Economic Sociology and Political Economy community expresses its utter shock, deepest sorrow, and grave wholehearted concern about the Russian military aggression happening in Ukraine. The ES/PE community abhors this war and condemns it in the strongest possible terms. We stand in profound solidarity with the people of Ukraine, social and political scientists in this sovereign country, faculty and students, and everyone affected by the violent Russian invasion.
As scholars and professionals bound by morality, ethics and responsibility to impartial research, we oppose the malevolent, organized and consistent misuse of “historical” claims in fabricating false vindications for this egregious act of armed offensive.
We praise and stand with scholars, intellectuals, writers, and journalists elsewhere, including in dictatorial Belarus and authoritarian Russia, who have bravely raised their voices against this war, and have defended democracy, civil rights, human rights — and human life.

> In this terrible war situation, with millions fleeing the country, there is an urgent need for help. Please find below a list of foundations, institutions, and universities offering support in research grants, scholarships, and visiting positions to social scientists from Ukraine. Spread this information widely. I see that there are many sources of help within Natural, Computer, Medical sciences — which are listed at the end of the post — but it looks that in social sciences the availably of assistance is scarce. So if you have institutional and organizational power and recourses, stand up and show your active support to Ukraine by extending a hand to Ukrainian social and political scientists. Please also contact me if your organization and other initiatives you are aware of are offering help. It’s the least we can do in the face of the brutality of the war.

Scholarships, Grants, Visiting Positions, Work  

— The Polish Academy of Sciences introduces a scheme supporting Ukrainian researchers by offering a stay and financial help.

—  Tel Aviv University launched the Emergency Fellowship Fund for Ukrainian graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Applicants will be awarded full tuition alongside a living stipend and will be welcome to remain on campus for up to six months. 

— Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Graz are supporting three fellows from the Ukraine to spend one semester in the University. DL: March 8

— The Open Society University Network Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative. DL: March 15

— The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) supports refugee researchers by making it easier for them to join research projects and apply for funding under the Walter Benjamin Programme.

— The Austrian Academy of Sciences’ exchange program “Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities” invites colleagues from Ukraine to Austria, so that they can continue their work here at the research facilities of the OeAW and other institutions

— The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Philipp Schwartz Initiative for researchers at risk enables universities and institutions in Germany to host researchers on the basis of a fellowship. DL for Ukrainian scholars: March 18 

VolkswagenStiftung funding for refugee scholars from Ukraine in all disciplines

The University of Haifa invites graduate students (Master and PhD), postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars and faculty affected by the war in Ukraine to apply to a Special Visiting Program. Eligible candidates to the Special Visiting Program will be offered accommodation and scholarships.

— The Centre for Economic and Regional Studies (Budapest, Hungary) is willing to provide possible assistance that might be needed in this situation

EPFL College of Humanities (Switzerland) offers temporary placements for Ukrainian researchers to work in the following areas: digital humanities, cultural heritage, history of science, social media, citizen observatories, misinformation.

— The Slovak Academy of Science offers assistance to Ukrainian scholars: working conditions, accommodation, and financial support

Polish Young Academy offers help with finding jobs for Ukrainian scientists who left Ukraine due to war or plan to leave in the coming days

— Researchers in need working in social sciences feel free to contact Dr. Christian Katzenbach who will do his best to integrate you in his projects.

— If you are an Ukrainian quantitative social scientist interested in public opinion and survey research, we could apply for a prospective or doctoral researcher position at Freie Universität of Berlin. Contact:  Prof. Dr. Céline Teney

— The Haifa Center for German and European Studies at the University of Haifa is offering Ukraine Emergency Fellowship for a female academic in the Humanities or social sciences or law.

— The University of Tübingen has set up an emergency fund with research fellowships to support Ukrainian researchers (all fields of research) at risk. The fellowships are awarded for a period of up to 12 months. In exceptional cases, PhD candidates can also apply for a bridging fellowship.

— The Department of History at LMU Munich, together with the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission, the Project House Europe and the Center for Global History, launched a program that enables Ukrainian scholars in the historical sciences to spend up to six months at LMU.

— PAUSE program opens a special call for emergency assistance to Ukrainian researchers in danger, through an emergency fund granted by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. An emergency financial aid to finance the stay of a Ukrainian researcher, and his/her family if applicable, for a period of three months is proposed to voluntary French institutions.

— Institute of Design Kielce in Poland provides residence with job and salary for Ukrainian curators, artists and art scholars


— The Estonian Academy of Arts offers Ukrainian students free study opportunities at their four faculties of Fine Arts, Design, Architecture, and Art Culture. Free accommodation is available until June 2022.

The Technical University of Košice (East Slovakia) offers accommodations to citizens of Ukraine in student dormitories free of charge

— Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania is ready to accommodate 50 teachers and 500 students from Ukraine in dormitories and guest houses. Contact:

— University of Bucharest has at least 40 rooms available for refugees and colleagues from Ukraine  (students and professors) who need temporary or long-term accommodation in Bucharest, transport from the border to Bucharest, translating documents, who want to continue their studies in Bucharest, etc. Contact:

Polish Young Academy offers help with finding accommodation for Ukrainian Scientists who left Ukraine due to war or plan to leave in the coming days

The following two links aimed at scholars in Natural / Computer / Bio / Medical Sciences:

— List of hundreds of labs in Natural sciences, Life Sciences, Computer Science and Medical Sciences, from all over the world, offering support (residence, grants, fellowships) for Ukrainian faculty and students refugees

— Institutions, mainly in Natural sciences and Engineering  sciences, and Bioscience offering support (residence, grants, fellowships) for Ukrainian faculty and students refugees

The faculty of Sociology and the faculty of Economics of Karazin National University in Kharkiv after a Russian bombing, March 2, 2022

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One comment

  1. Dear Oleg, dear colleagues,

    On behalf of all Ukrainian sociologists let me express our\my deep appreciation for the principal and clear position of the professional community concerning the full scale military aggression of Russia in Ukraine. Your kind support of Ukrainian sociologists is very important for us and helps us to stray strong in our fight for humanity and independence of Ukraine.

    With deep respect, yours sincerely

    Prof. Dr. Olga Kutsenko
    Vice-President of Sociological Association of Ukraine,
    Professor at Social Structures and Social Relations Department,
    Faculty of Sociology,
    Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

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