As an immediate response to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities funded ten Emergency Fellowships for Ukrainian Researchers in April 2022 to allow them the opportunity to continue their scientific work in Israel for a duration of three months. This effort conveyed solidarity with the Israel Academy’s counterpart, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and with the entire academic community in Ukraine amid the devastating invasion by the Russian Federation.
The fellowship program was open to candidates of Ukrainian Nationality who reside in the Ukraine at the time of their application or who left the Ukraine after the start of the invasion by the Russian Federation in February 2022. The awardees were researchers representing a variety of academic disciplines and affiliations with Ukrainian universities or research institutes, including members of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. A committee comprising members of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities evaluated the candidates and decided on the awardees; granting ten fellowships based exclusively on academic excellence, without regard to religion, gender, age or ethnicity.
The application process took place solely through the rectors of Israel’s universities and the funds were distributed from the Academy to the universities, for them to directly support the researchers. The fellowships covered international travel costs for the researcher, and lodging and living expenses, up to a total of 25,000 NIS (7,600 USD) per researcher.
Following are the names of the guest researchers from the Ukraine who took part in this fellowship program, their areas of academic research and their host universities in Israel.
1. Dr. Aleksandr Symonenko, Archaeology, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2. Dr. Iryna Hovor, Physical Chemistry, hosted by Ariel University
3. Dr. Iryna Sofinska, Theory of Law and Constitutionalism, hosted by Ariel University
4. Dr. Kateryna Matakhova, Jewish Studies, hosted by the Open University of Israel
5. Dr. Nikolay Semnishyn, Physical Chemistry, hosted by the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
6. Dr. Olena Vaneeva, Mathematical Physics, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
7. Prof. Khachik Muradian, Physiology, hosted by Ben Gurion University of the Negev
8. Prof. Vladimir Serebryakov, Hydromechanics, hosted by the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology
9. Prof. Volodymyr Romanov, Data Acquisition, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem