The Victor Pinchuk Foundation launched the selection of participants for the twelfth annual WorldWideStudies education program, which since 2009 has awarded scholarships to talented Ukrainian students and young professionals for study at master's programs in the world’s top two hundred universities. The program’s goal is to form a group of professionals capable of becoming a driving force for the transformation of Ukraine.
The program supports applicants studying in fields that are especially important for Ukraine’s development, including agriculture, alternative energies, engineering and technology, public administration, public law, and environment and ecology. The foundation may also consider grant applications in other fields, but potential candidates have to provide a convincing rationale to support studies in the chosen specialty.
The foundation expects each participant to return to Ukraine after graduation and work for at least five years within their chosen field.
Potential applicants for the WorldWideStudies program must be a citizen of Ukraine and under age 35 on the date of their enrollment in the university program; have a bachelor’s or higher degree in the field required by the chosen foreign university and master’s program; be admitted to the master’s program of their chosen, formally certified university outside Ukraine and be ready to start their program in the autumn of 2021; have a clear plan for applying the acquired knowledge and skills in Ukraine; and be committed to work in Ukraine in the acquired specialty.
The most successful candidates, as selected by an independent jury in an open nationwide competition, will receive a grant from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Potential candidates have to have been accepted for their chosen master’s program and be able to present to the WorldWideStudies jury their vision of how they will apply the knowledge acquired upon their return to Ukraine.
The grants are intended to cover university tuition fees, books, and medical insurance. The grant amount will be determined for each individual recipient based on his/her personal needs and merit. Most grants will cover up to 60 percent of the total amount required, but not more than USD$50,000 for the overall period of study (1-2 years). Students will have to cover the rest of the expenses with personal funds or additional scholarships.
Applicants who have been enrolled at the University of Cambridge (UK), University of Pittsburgh School of Law (USA), Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) or the Department of Politics at the University of York (UK) will be eligible to get the rest of financing from the charity foundations supporting these universities. This option is available thanks to joint funding agreements for studies under the WorldWideStudies program between the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and these universities.
The application portal at the worldwidestudies.org will be open from February 1 through May 15, 2021.
See the WorldWideStudies website for additional information.