Call for Applications: Russian-Ukrainian Joint Research Project for Young Historians


Deadline: 20 April 2020

Open to: Russian and Ukrainian Master students and PhD Candidates in history enrolled in an institution of higher education in Ukraine or Russia. 

In 2019, a Trilateral Working Group of Ukrainian, Russian and Swiss historians was created in Geneva. The project is coordinated by the University of Geneva and financially supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Its goal is to deepen understanding of the history of Ukraine and Russia. The Trilateral Group offers a platform for joint reflection on the conflicts of memory in Russia and Ukraine that have emerged since the collapse of the USSR in 1991 and have gained momentum after 2014.

One of the aims of the Working Group is to create a platform for joint research projects among young historians from both countries. For this purpose, the Trilateral Working Group is launching a call for applications for Ukrainian-Russian Joint Research Projects of young historians (Master students and PhD candidates in history). The aim of this call is to grant financial and academic support to winning
research projects on general topics. To promote joint research, the Trilateral Group will form bilateral research teams of advanced students and young researchers on the basis of individual applications.

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals on one of the following three main topics:
1) Image of the “Other”

2) Migration, mobility, exile

3) Historiography and memory politics

Two workshops of the Trilateral Working Group are planned in Geneva in 2020 (June and December) with Russian, Ukrainian and Swiss historians working on the topics mentioned above.

Financial support
Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of CHF 3’000 for each research team to support their bilateral research project. They will be invited to present the results of their research at the session of the Trilateral Working Group in December 2020 in Geneva.
Selection criteria
Six candidates – i.e. two for each main topic – will be selected by the scientific jury based on individual applications. The Trilateral Working Group will act as the jury and will create three bilateral UkrainianRussian teams comprised of one young Russian and Ukrainian historian, meaning one team for each of the main topics mentioned above.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:
• Clearly formulated research project in one of the three main topics (2 pages maximum)
• Innovative approach
• Acceptance to work in a bilateral team
• Work sample (e.g. university paper, article, presentation)
• List of publications (if possible)
• Academic record

In addition to individual applications, candidates can also apply as a team (composed of one Russian and one Ukrainian citizen).

Submission and deadlines
Applications including (1) the research project, (2) CV, (3) motivation letter, (4) a work sample and (5) a list of publications (if possible) must be sent to 
Applications must be submitted in English.