Stanford University Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program 2018 for Ukranians.

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5pm PST.

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program is a 10-month academic training fellowship hosted at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. The program provides a unique opportunity to three mid-career practitioners working actively as policy-makers, legal professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society organizations in Ukraine to visit one of the world’s leading research universities for an academic year. The objective of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program is to strengthen fellows’ leadership skills and bolster their academic foundation to address development challenges in Ukraine and across the region.

The dates for the 2018-19 Program are September 16, 2018-June 23, 2019. 

The fellowship is supported by a committee of leading Stanford faculty at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The program is designed to facilitate capacity building for fellows through faculty mentorship, community engagement, courses and events.

The program has been funded with generous support from Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Tomas Fiala, and Astem.Foundation.


This program is aimed at mid-career practitioners working actively as policy-makers, legal professionals, social entrepreneurs, business entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society organizations.

  • Candidates should hold Ukrainian citizenship and must reside in the country, and have plans to return to Ukraine after the fellowship.
  • Candidates must be at least 28 years of age at the start of the fellowship program.
  • Candidates should have demonstrated professional and personal achievements in a relevant sector of democracy, development, and the rule of law.
  • Candidates must have at least five years of experience to qualify for the fellowship. Those with more experience are much more competitive in the selection process.
  • We strive to recruit a diverse group of three individuals who are at the right stage in their professional trajectory to benefit from rigorous academic training and mentorship. Successful applicants will have the academic credentials necessary to participate in academic courses offered at Stanford University. A bachelor’s degree at the time of participation in the program is a requirement for admission to the program. We do not accept candidates who are in the midst of full-time university degree programs.
  • A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite. It is expected that each fellow has a solid command of written and spoken English in order to fully benefit and participate in the program.

Application Procedure:

Please be advised that we have changed the application process from last year. This is now a two-step application process. All candidates are invited to apply through the pre-screen questionnaire, which will be open until Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5pm PST. Applicants will be notified in mid-February if they have advanced to the next round. Please note that this is not the final stage in the process.

If your application is advanced to the next stage, you will be invited to submit an application form including a fellowship project statement, three letters of recommendation and a video submission. The deadline for this part of the application is Monday, March 12, 2018, 5pm PST. If you do not pass the pre-screen, you will not be invited to take these next steps, and your application is no longer under consideration.

If you are advanced to the second stage of the application process and you successfully complete a full application by March 12, please note that you may be asked to sit for an interview in April. We will release final decisions in May 2018.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Stanford University Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program 2018

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