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Research Fellowships for 2016-2017

The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute is pleased to announce its research fellowship applications for 2016-2017. HURI’s fellowship program enables scholars to come to Harvard to carry out independent research on topics in Ukrainian studies. We are thankful to the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Education Foundation, the Ukrainian Studies Fund, and Dr. Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk whose gifts and endowment support have made such research opportunities possible.

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"The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine" by Serhii Plokhy

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense fight with Russia to preserve its territorial integrity and political independence. But today’s conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine’s territory and its existence as a sovereign nation. As the award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine’s past in order to understand its present and future. 

Serhii Plokhy will discuss The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine at the Harvard Book Store's Friday Forum

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Rus’ Genealogy Project

The Rus’ Genealogy component of the MAPA project is part of a larger attempt to shift the perceptions of modern scholars to include Rus’ in the wider narrative of medieval Europe, and to create a picture of the medieval European world that fits the evidence from the primary sources -- one that stretches from the Atlantic in the west to the Dnieper River in the East. One of the chief ways to do this is by looking at the connectivity between Rus’ and the rest of Europe, and one of the richest sources of data is in the arena of dynastic marriage.

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Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute Shapes US View on Ukraine

Located next to Harvard University's massive government and international studies center, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute has been helping to shape Ukraine's image in the United States since 1973.

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The Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in the Historical Perspective

The post-imperial history of empires and their former subjects can provide important insights into Ukraine’s present and future. Former metropolises have usually found it hard to let go of their imperial past. An example of this is the long decline of the Ottoman Empire, which played an important role in Ukrainian history—a decline full of wars and conflicts.

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Can Federalism Unite Ukraine in a Peace Deal?

As war continues to victimize Ukraine, various observers and participants have proposed a number of potential solutions to the conflict, ranging from greater regional autonomy to federalism to partial territorial breakup. While politicians are engaging in the most prominent debates and decision-making, the perceptions of Ukraine’s population will be central to the success of any such political solution. What exactly are the public’s perceptions and how subject have they been to change?

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Summer Research Travel Grant Program


Both undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Harvard are invited to apply to the HURI Summer Research Travel Grant Program for support to conduct projects in Ukraine during the summer of 2015. Grants of up to $2,000 for graduate students and $1,500 for undergraduates will be available for travel and research expenses. Students wishing to apply for the HURI summer research travel grant must prepare an application using Harvard's Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). Completed CARAT forms and additional required material are to be submitted to the Ukrainian Research Institute by Friday, February 20, 2015, 4:00 PM.

Application proposals will be reviewed by HURI’s selection committee and decisions will be announced early April.

Questions regarding HURI’s summer travel research grants should be addressed to Tymish J. Holowinsky, Executive Director, tel. 617-495-4081 or to Tamara Nary, Programs Administrator, 617-495-3549.

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Oxana Shevel, HURI Associate
Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute Shapes US View on Ukraine
Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow
Olga Onuch, HURI Affiliate
MAPA Project
Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

May 18, 2015. History of the final days of the USSR wins Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.

May 18, 2015. «Последняя империя» Сергея Плохия была объявлена победителем Русской Книжной Премии Пушкинского Дома 2015.

May 5, 2015. Serhii Plokhii on Hromadske International "The Sunday Show".

April 22, 2015. Scholar Reframes Vision Of Cold War’s End. Serhii Plokhy interviewed by Marta Dyczok.

March 30, 2015. Lionel Gelber Prize Announces 25th Anniversary Winner.

March 6, 2015. Pasaulis neišmoko 1938–1939 m. pamokų. O Lietuva? (in Lithuanian)

March 4, 2015. Serhii Plokhii Discusses 'The Last Empire'.

July 27, 2014. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhii.

July 14, 2014. The dissolution of the Soviet Union.

June 24, 2014. Chronicling the Last Empire.

June 21, 2014. World History - "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union" - Book TV.

June 9, 2014. The Ghosts of ’91.

June 2, 2014. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union.

June 2, 2014. Then and Now: Ukraine and Russia, Money and Politics.

May 21, 2014. The Moscow Times: Plokhy's 'The last empire' is the best account of the Soviet collapse yet

May 18, 2014. Book Review: Plokhy's 'The Last Empire' Is the Best Account of the Soviet Collapse Yet.

May 3, 2014. Сергій Плохій: «Історики мають перейти від пропаганди місцевих «правд» до написання історії нації, де фігуруватимуть усі регіони, включно із Кримом».


Yuri Shevchuk, HURI Affiliate
Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor at Slavic Department, Editor at HURI
Volodymyr Sklokin, Shklar Fellow 2014-15
HURI Awardees of the National Science Foundation Grant

May 24, 2014. Prof. Henry Hale (Principle Investigator, George Washington University), Prof. Timothy Colton (Co-Investigator, Harvard University), Dr. Nadiya Kravets (Co-Investigator, HURI, Harvard University) and Dr. Olga Onuch (Co-Investigator, HURI, Harvard University and University of Oxford), have formed a research team studying the politics of the Ukrainian crisis, and have been awarded a large National Science Foundation Grant to conduct a Multi-wave Electoral Panel Survey in Ukraine. Funding for the project has also been provided by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Ukrainian Studies Fund. 

Gennadi Poberezny, HURI Associate


Serhii Plokhii, HURI Director

October 11, 2015. El País: Las sombras del imperio

October 8, 2015. Wirtualna Polska: Kulisy rozpadu ZSRR. Serhii Plokhy dla WP: zadecydowały negocjacje przywódców Rosji i Ukrainy

August 15, 2015. The Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in the Historical Perspective.

April 17, 2015. The Globe and Mail: The Soviet Union didn’t die.

March 6, 2015. Сергій Плохій: «Суспільство, яке сьогодні твориться, вимагає іншої історії…».

March 3, 2015. "Тиждень.ua": Для багатьох уперше виникає образ Росії як іншого й дедалі частіше як ворога.

May 12, 2014. "The Takeaway": Eastern Ukraine Votes, Pro-Russian Separatists Claim Victory.

February 25, 2014. The New York Times: The West Must Work With Russia.

February 21, 2014. "Here & Now": What Ukraine’s History Tells Us About Its Future.

February 21, 2014. "The Takeaway": Violence & Political Unrest Continues to Erupt in Ukraine.

February 20, 2014. "The Ohio Channel": Ukraine: Headed for Revolution?

February 20, 2014. Bloomberg's Radio: Harvard’s Plokhii Calls Ukraine Violence Unprecedented.

February 20, 2014. Harvard Gazette: Confrontation in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Catholic Register: Ukraine at the Breaking Point: 26 Dead, but Spirit Undefeated.

February 19, 2014. KQED Radio: Violence Grows in Ukraine.

February 19, 2014. National Geographic: Q&A: Ukraine's Dangerous Turn Has Roots in History.

January 27, 2014. Majority Report: Ukraine Protests Explained.

December 27, 2013. National Catholic Register: Ukraine’s ‘Maidan’ Protests Are Spiritual as Well as Political.

December 4, 2013. NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Ukraine Splits Over East-West Economic Rivalry.

Oxana Shevel, HURI Associate
Roman Szporluk, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Emeritus, Harvard University
Marta Dyczok, Shklar Fellow 2010
Anne Applebaum, HURI Affiliate
Yuri Shevchuk, HURI Affiliate
Lubomyr Hajda, HURI Associate Director
Askold Melnyczuk, HURI Affiliate
Volodymyr Dibrova, Preceptor at Slavic Department, Editor at HURI
Patricia Herlihy, HURI Associate
Nadiya Kravets, HURI Research Fellow
Michael S. Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology, Harvard University
Michelle Viise, HURI Monographs Editor
Olga Onuch, HURI Research Fellow
Amelia Glaser, Former HURI Fellow
“Why Is Kyiv Burning?" Article in the Harvard Crimson
Gennadi Poberezny, HURI Associate
George G. Grabowicz, Čyževs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Harvard University
Oleh Kostyuba, Editor of Krytyka and Harvard PhD Candidate in Ukrainian Literature
GSAS Harvard Ukrainian Student Society



Monday, November 30, 2015 4:15pm - 6:00pm

Cossacks Redux: Searching for New Relevance in Post-Soviet Ukraine
Huseyin Oylupinar, Eugene and Daymel Shklar / Ukrainian Studies Fund Research Fellow, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
Room S-050, CGIS South, Harvard University

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