Ukraine Scholars at Risk: History and Slavonic and East European Studies

23 March 2022


Fellowships and fundraising

On 23 March 2022, the Royal Historical Society (RHS), British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and the Past and Present Society (P&P) announced funding towards three short-term fellowships (minimum 3 months) at higher education institutions in the UK, European Union or elsewhere in continental Europe to provide a place of academic refuge for three scholars from Ukraine.

From 29 March, we are delighted to be joined by the Ecclesiastical History Society (EHS) which is funding a fourth fellowship to provide a place of academic refuge for a scholar from Ukraine active in the study of the history of Christianity.

From 13 April, the German History Society (GHS) has announced funding for a fifth fellowship to support a Ukrainian researcher working on the history of Germany and the German-speaking world in the broadest sense. We are very grateful for the GHS’s involvement and provision of an additional placement.

In addition to these five fellowships, the RHS and BASEES are also currently fundraising to provide additional fellowships.

About the fellowship scheme

Each grant is worth £5,000 (€6,000) to the Fellow and must be matched by equivalent funds AND / OR in-kind assistance from the host institution (for example, travel, accommodation, meals, office space and IT support, plus insurance) of a financial sum equivalent to the £5,000 (€6,000) grant for a minimum duration of three months, to begin as soon as possible.

To best support Ukrainian scholars at risk, we also welcome applications from host institutions willing to offer more than match-funding, whether as a financial sum or in-kind assistance.

Two grants (funded by the RHS and P&P) will be reserved for Ukrainian scholars displaced by the Russian invasion who are undertaking historical research in the broadest sense. A third grant (funded by the EHS), will be Ukrainian scholars studying the history of Christianity

One grant (funded by BASEES) will be for any displaced Ukrainian scholar in the field of Slavonic and East European studies.

Host institutions can offer these fellowships to PhD candidates, Early Career or established scholars.

Further information and how to apply

We now invite applications from higher education institutions willing and able to host a Ukrainian scholar with support from an RHS, BASEES, P&P, EHS, GHS grant.

More on the scheme and how to apply. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 20 April 2022.

All applications must be made via the RHS online applications portal. Successful host institutions will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date of Weds 20 April.

Fundraising for additional fellowships

The RHS and BASEES are also fundraising to increase the number of grants we can make available. This campaign can be accessed here: 

Additional funds raised will support extra fellowships. We will announce these to interested universities as soon as the funding for one or more additional fellowship becomes available.

We also welcome involvement from other learned societies / organisations in the historical and social sciences who wish to partner on future Ukraine fellowship grants. Those wishing to do so may contribute via the RHS/BASEES JustGiving page or contact the Society’s CEO:

Thank you, in advance, for any contribution you are able to make.

Further enquiries about the fellowship scheme from potential host institution, or about fundraising for additional fellowships, email: