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The Petro Jackyk Visiting Scholars Program


Deadline: All documents should be received by February 1, 2016

About the Program

Established in 2001 with the support of Petro Jacyk and the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine focuses on contemporary Ukraine, as well as its history and culture. The Petro Jacyk Program is housed within the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Toronto, one of North America's leading institutions for research on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well as the New Independent States.

The Program actively encourages scholars in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto and Ukrainianists at other North American institutions to develop joint projects, and facilitates the study of Ukraine by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures and seminars. The Program brings visiting scholars from Ukraine and invites Ukraine's statesmen and cultural figures to speak in its guest lecture series. The major themes covered by the Program focus on "Challenges of Independent Ukraine" and include: Building an Effective State; Foreign Policy and International Relations; and Education, Culture and National Identity.

The activities and initiatives of the program are administered by the Director of CERES with the help of a Program Coordinator. The Coordinating Committee plays an advisory role and determines program priorities from year to year.

Scholars studying Ukraine outside Ontario are invited to apply for appointments as a Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto.

As a rule, the appointees spend four to six weeks in Toronto conducting research and interacting with Canadian scholars (longer stays can be arranged). Most of them also present a seminar on their work and are expected to take part in relevant scholarly events. As a rule, visits are scheduled during the fall and winter sessions of the university, that is between September and April.
In addition, each year the Petro Jacyk Program—in partnership with the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC)—may support one visiting scholar whose research relates to the Holodomor. Successful applicants will benefit from interaction with not only scholars in the University of Toronto community but also those involved in HREC projects. Visiting scholars will have access to the archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre, where HREC is located (a ten-minute walk from CERES), archives that include unpublished eyewitness accounts of the Holodomor, as well as the extensive Holodomor microfilm collection from the Central State Archive of Popular Organizations (Kyiv) at the University of Toronto Library. HREC is a project of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta).


The following cost will be covered by the Petro Jacyk Program: (1) round-trip airfare (lowest economy fare) to the maximum of CAD $1,200; (2) visa costs if applicable; (3) medical insurance for the approved stay at the University of Toronto; and (4) allowance calculated at a rate of CAD $55/full day to the maximum of CAD$1,540.  The appointees will use this allowance to defray the cost of housing and other living expenses while in Toronto.

The program will provide shared office space and access to the university library.  It may also assist the appointees in finding a reasonably priced accommodation upon request.

Application Procedure

Completed applications (MS Word version; Adobe Acrobat PDF version) should be received along with:

- a two-page description of their research proposal (double-spaced);
- a curriculum vitae;
- two confidential letters of reference.

In the covering letter, please indicate the proposed length of stay and the approximate starting date. You may identify a CERES faculty member who, in your opinion, could provide guidance for you during your tenure at the University of Toronto (you do not need to contact this faculty member personally). Otherwise, a faculty member will be assigned by the selection committee. 
Applications should be sent electronically to The two referees should email their letters directly to the same email address. If sending the letter of reference electronically is not possible, your referee should mail a hard copy of the reference in a sealed and signed envelope to the address indicated below.
All application materials, including the letters of reference, must be in English.  Letters of reference which are not in English must be translated by a qualified translator or agency, and submitted together with the original letter by the referee.

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Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar positions are open to scholars at all stages of their careers working in the social sciences and humanities, including recent PhD or kandydat nauk degree recipients.  
Advanced doctoral students will also be considered but are limited to stays of four weeks under the Petro Jacyk program alone. Successful applicants under this category who wish to stay longer must also apply based on the University of Toronto’s International Visiting Graduate Student Study Abroad Research Agreement, which involves costs not covered by the Petro Jacyk program. For more information on the Agreement, please go to the following web page:  

The Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholars Program especially welcomes applicants whose work relates to its thematic focus "Challenges of Independent Ukraine." This focus includes state- and institution-building in Ukraine; law and governance; problems of democratization; education, culture and identity of the nation and ethnic groups in Ukraine; history and the imperial past; and foreign policy and international relations.

Solid knowledge of English is essential for successful participation in the program.

Organizer and Partners

Information & contacts

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine
Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7 Canada



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