HURI Research Fellowships in Ukrainian Studies


The HURI Research Fellowships in Ukrainian studies are granted to scholars in the middle of their academic career, typically more than eight years after receiving a PhD and continuing scholarly work.

Questions may be addressed to Megan K. Duncan Smith, HURI Programs Coordinator, at


The fellowships provide a stipend of $4,800 per month to cover the cost of housing, health insurance, and other living expenses. In addition to the stipend, the awards provide for the cost of direct roundtrip travel to Harvard University.


HURI Research fellowships support visiting scholars for one academic term: typically 4 months, during the period of Harvard's Fall semester or Spring semester.


HURI’s Research Fellowships support independent research on topics pertaining to Ukraine while in residence at Harvard. Individuals who hold a doctorate, or its academic equivalent (eg. kandydat nauk), in a field in the humanities or social sciences and who have demonstrated a commitment to Ukrainian studies are eligible to apply. 

Mihaychuk Fellowships are for early career scholars who recently received their doctoral degree or current PhD students who will have successfully defended their dissertation prior to the application deadline. Mid-career scholars who received their PhD more than eight years ago should apply for the HURI Research Fellowship. The biennial Jacyk Distinguished Fellowship is designed for senior scholars in the field of Ukrainian studies.

Important: You must be eligible to receive and maintain a short-term J-1 visa to carry out research on an Institute fellowship. More information can be found at Please also note the two-year national residency requirements, which may apply to you if you recently held a long-term J-1 visa.

Online Fellowship Application

Applications for 2022-2023 are due on JANUARY 24, 2022.

Fellowship applications consist of the following parts, all of which must be submitted by the deadline:

  1. Online Application Form
  2. CARAT Application,* including the following uploaded documents:
  • Cover Letter: 1 page
  • Research Proposal: Detailed description of your proposed fellowship project, including its significance to Ukrainian studies, the expected date of completion, and the reasons why it requires residency at Harvard University to complete. About 6-8 pages in length, double spaced.
  • Curriculum Vitae: 5 pages max
  • Bio Photo: around 250x250 pixels, square, color, 2 MB max
  • Writing Sample: Please submit one complete article or chapter, published or unpublished. Please include basic information about larger context of the writing sample (article, book or dissertation chapter). You may submit an article or chapter of any length but should expect the Fellowship Committee to read no more than 30-50 pages or so.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation uploaded directly to CARAT by your recommenders: Due one week after the application deadline.**

*Applicants will first need to create "HarvardKey" credentials, which will allow secure access to Harvard's CARAT application system:
**Within CARAT, applicants will be prompted to supply the names and email addresses for two scholars who are qualified to evaluate their work and who have agreed to submit a letter supporting their application. CARAT will then automatically send an email to each recommender with a link to upload their letter. Please provide institutional/work email addresses and request that letters are submitted on institutional letterhead with signature, when possible. You will be able to save your application and return to it later. Applicants are responsible for contacting their two recommenders in advance and ensuring that the letters are received by the deadline. 

Applications for 2023-2024 are due on JANUARY 20, 2023.

HURI is particularly indebted to the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Foundation for their generous support of the Shklar Fellowship program, which ran from academic year 2001-2002 through 2017-2018. HURI Research Fellowships continue the legacy of this program. They are supported by a combination Institute research endowment funds and annual gifts. We are grateful to all those donors who have supported or continue to support scholars' research in Ukrainian studies.

Application date
4 months
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