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Monday, February 24, 2020 6:00pm - 7:45pm

Dom’sDream Kingdom, anovel by Victoria Amelina 
Victoria Amelina, Ukrainian writer, in conversation with Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, Ukrainian Research Institute
Doris and Ted Lee Gathering Room, S-030, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Readings in Ukrainian with English translation, and discussion in English



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TCUP Book Club: Read with the Experts

HURI's Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program is holding a month-long, interactive book club, which will culminate in an event with the author to discuss the book in person. The first TCUP Book Club will read Paul D'Anieri's new book, Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War. The book, which covers the period from 1989 to 2015, examines Ukraine's geopolitical importance, its relationship with Russia and place in the former Soviet Union, and its journey from independence to revolution to war.

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Explore Ukraine's Contemporary Religious Landscape in MAPA's New Story Map Journal

MAPA: Digital Atlas of Ukraine has launched the Religious Pluralism in Ukraine Story Map Journal, which presents narrative explanation and analysis alongside maps and charts. It considers aspects of Ukraine's religious landscape such as frequency of participation in worship services, attitudes toward church unification, and (mis)alignment of church resources (such as buildings) and number of parishioners.

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HURI Presents New Database Project at AATSEEL Conference

On Sunday, February 9 from 10:15 to 12:00 pm in Balboa 1, Oleh Kotsyuba, HURI Manager of Publications, and Sandra Joy Russell, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will lead the AATSEEL workshop, "Bringing Ukraine into the Classroom: Utilizing Ukraine’s Primary Database of English Translations of Literature, Documents, and Films.”

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Opportunities for Harvard Students

Undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University can apply for funding to carry out research in Ukraine this summer. HURI offers grants of up to $2,500 for graduate students and $2,000 for undergraduates. Applications are accepted from January 15 through March 5.

Graduate students focusing on Ukraine may apply for Graduate Research Fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year. Applications are due March 20.



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Events are for HUSI students only.

The Theodosius and Irene Senkowsky Prize

The Theodosius and Irene Senkowsky Prize for Achievement in Ukrainian Studies was established in 1989 through a generous donation made by Marta and Ostap Tarnawsky of Philadelphia in honor of Mrs. Tarnawsky's parents. The Prize is awarded for outstanding progress and academic excellence demonstrated by students of the Ukrainian Summer Institute. The sum of an individual reward varies depending on the number of its recipients each year.

The nominations for the Senkowsky Prize are made by course instructors to a committee consisting of the Executive Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the academic staff of HUSI. The nominations are based on the students' performance in class and their contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of the Summer Institute. The Prize winners are announced at the certificate ceremony which, according to tradition, is held on the last Friday of the Summer program in HURI's Seminar Room. The Prize is presented by the Director of the Summer Institute with HUSI and HURI faculty, students and associates in attendance. The certificate ceremony is followed by an informal farewell reception.

These are some of the students of the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute that have been awarded the Theodosius and Irene Senkowsky Prize.

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2020 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute 

June 20–August 8, 2020

Enrollment Policy

The 2020 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute offers unique courses in Ukrainian studies taught by Harvard and visiting faculty. These courses are intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduates who are concentrating in Ukrainian studies or who wish to broaden their educational experience. Students intending to participate in the HUSI program are asked to submit a HUSI enrollment form. Students must also complete the Harvard Summer School registration process and enroll in the classes they intend to take as part of HUSI.

Tuition for HUSI is commensurate with tuition rates charged for all other Harvard Summer School courses. Tuition for 2020 and the cost of on-campus room and board are posted on the Harvard Summer School website

Applicants may register for 8 or 4 credits to participate in the program. Applicants seeking the I-20 certificate for the student F-1 US visa must register for 8 credits.


We are pleased to offer three courses this year through the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute:

  • Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge - 8 credits
  • Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Ukrainian Literature: Rethinking the Canon - 4 credits
  • Tradition and Modernity in Ukraine: 19th and 20th Centuries - 4 credits

Applicants wishing to register for a total of 8 credits must enroll in at least one HUSI 4 credit course to be considered part of the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute and may choose an additional 4 credit course from those offered by the general program of the Harvard Summer School. Applicants who decide to register for a non-HUSI course need to register for that course separately online through the Harvard Summer School. Please note that financial aid is offered only to students who plan to take 8 credits in HUSI courses.

Enroll in HUSI

Complete the HUSI enrollment form and send it directly to Tymish Holowinsky, Executive Director, You must also follow Summer School procedure and deadlines to register and enroll in courses.

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Fees and Financial Aid 

Tuition and fees are all payable to Harvard Summer School.

HURI offers a limited number of full and partial scholarships to students with academic promise who express a need for financial assistance. To be considered for these scholarships, students must apply by March 20, 2020.

Send the following materials to Tymish Holowinsky, Executive Director, by March 20:

  • HUSI enrollment form
  • Essay
  • College transcript (a copy issued to the student is acceptable)
  • Recommendation from a college instructor (or employer if you are out of school)
  • For non-native English-speakers: most recent TOEFL scores, IELTS scores, or PTE academic score report as detailed on the application (students may also submit a qualifying transcript as described on the English Proficiency Requirement section of the Harvard Summer School website)

Eligible students requesting HURI financial aid who intend to take Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge should also apply for summer FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies). 

Outside Funding Opportunities

FLAS: Ukrainian for Reading Knowledge is a FLAS-eligible language course. Harvard and non-Harvard graduate and undergraduate students may thus apply for FLAS funding through Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and through their home institution, provided it participates in the US Department of Education sponsored program. FLAS applicants must also be either US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible. For more information regarding FLAS funding and application, please contact Donna Griesenbeck.

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (Undergraduate and Graduate)

FLAS applicants can also apply separately for HURI’s financial aid.

Additional sources: US and international students are encouraged to inquire at centers for international experience or student assistance at their home institutions. Canadian students may be able to receive help from the Ontario Student Assistance Program. It offers a mix of grants and loans for students taking classes at approved institutions.


All students (US and international) seeking financial aid from HURI must submit the HUSI enrollment form, financial aid request, and supporting material by Friday, March 20, 2020.

All international students must register with the Summer School and meet requirements for the I-20 certificate for a student visa by May 4, 2020.

  • While students may register for courses independently, students wishing to be part of the HUSI program should also submit a HUSI enrollment form and supporting material.

All students (US and international) must meet registration, payment, and other deadlines listed on the Summer School website (many deadlines are May 18).

  • While students may register for courses independently, students wishing to be part of the HUSI program should also submit a HUSI enrollment form and relevant supporting material.

Summer School Registration

Upon notification of financial aid offer and/or enrollment in the 2020 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute, all students must complete the registration process with Harvard Summer School.

Please visit Course Registration for step-by-step instructions.

Be aware of the additional registration requirements for Harvard Summer School (if applicable):

  • International students requesting an I-20 certificate for the F-1 student visa from Harvard Summer School: Meet all I-20 requirements. Check the Harvard Summer School website for deadlines and information.
  • Request Summer School housing in your Online Services account.
  • Make full payment of tuition, housing (if applicable), and all other fees. Credit card payments are accepted through Online Services. Alternative payment options are available.
  • If you will live in Summer School housing or are an international student attending Summer School while on a visa of any kind (including students who use the visa waiver program or similar entry programs established between the United States and foreign countries), you must comply with Massachusetts and Harvard University regulations requiring proof of immunization against certain communicable diseases. Submit proof of immunization.

For additional information and assistance in the application process contact:

Dr. Serhiy Bilenky
HUSI Program Director