Stanford Launches a Scholarship Program for Ukrainians

Stanford, one of the best universities in the world, which is famous for its IT educational programs, launches a scholarship program for gifted Ukrainians. It’s called – Stanford’s Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program and it is hosted at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Read our blog post to find out the details and the procedure to apply for this program.

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program combines academic courses, faculty mentorship, and community engagement to support leadership building for the program’s participants. The program will have a project-based approach where students will identify and gain a deep understanding for applying the program’s results once they return to Ukraine. Over the course, students will have a faculty mentor that will help them to organize the approach effectively.

Fellows will have the opportunity to take educational courses at Stanford that will help support their area of expertise. Besides that, they’ll have an opportunity to visit tech companies in Silicon Valley to learn from their strategies and experience first hand how to overcome different challenges around the world. During the last 6 weeks of the program, the students will present their findings to the project faculty, mentors, and Stanford community.

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program will last for 10 months, from September 2017 to June 2018. The deadline for the application forms is February 15th, 2017. The applicants will be informed about the results of the selection by April 2017. Only 3 people will be chosen for the program.

Scholarship Program for Ukrainians

All fellows will receive a $70,000 scholarship, and also the program covers the relocation expenses and books.

The candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Ukrainian citizenship, and have the plans to return to Ukraine after the fellowship;
  • Must be at least 28 years old;
  • Have demonstrated professional and personal achievements in a relevant sector of democracy, development, and the rule of law;
  • Must have at least 5 years of working experience;
  • Do not study on a full-time university degree program at the moment of applying to the Program;
  • Have fluent English.

The program is become possible because of initiative by JSK Fellowship students – Oleksandr and Kateryna Akimenko. During their education, they’ve noticed that only few Ukrainians are studying in Stanford and they had a dream to change it. They created the conception of such program and presented it to the Stanford community. This idea was firstly supported by Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) Director – Michael McFaul and CDDRL Director – Francis Fukuyama.

Right now it is just a pilot project, but if it will be successful, than it will be the full-time program.

You can read more about the Program here –
And apply for it on their website –