Jacyk Distinguished Fellowships

The biennial Jacyk Distinguished Fellowship is designed to bring senior scholars to Harvard University for a period of five months for focused research in Ukrainian history, literature, philology, culture, and other related areas of study in the humanities and social sciences fields. While in residence, the Jacyk Distinguished Fellow will use the University's unique resources to work on significant and innovative projects in Ukrainian studies, and in general to further his or her professional development. In addition, the Jacyk Distinguished Fellow will preside over the Petro Jacyk Seminar in Ukrainian Studies, a forum presented as part of the HURI Seminar Series in Ukrainian Studies. The forum shall consist of a formal presentation followed by a round-table discussion on a Ukrainian theme of the fellow’s choosing.

Questions may be addressed to Megan Duncan Smith, HURI Programs Coordinator, at  duncansmith@fas.harvard.edu.


To support the scholar's stay at Harvard, the Petro Jacyk Distinguished Research Fellow is provided with a stipend of $5,000 per month to cover the cost of housing, health insurance, and other living expenses for a total of five months. In addition to the stipend, the award provides for the cost of direct roundtrip travel to Harvard University.


Jacyk fellowships support scholars for a total of five months.


All senior scholars in the field of Ukrainian studies are eligible to apply. Nominations may also be submitted. Individuals submitting nominations should submit a letter stating the nominees name, current position, field of study, and basis for nomination. E-mail nominations are also accepted. Letters and e-mail nominations are to be submitted to the Institute’s Programs Coordinator, Megan Duncan Smith; e-mail: duncansmith@fas.harvard.edu.

Fellowship Online Application

Please note: We will not be accepting applications for academic year 2021-2022. Due to the pandemic and related travel restrictions, 2020-2021 fellowship stays were postponed for one year. We will begin accepting applications for academic year 2022-2023 in the fall of 2021.

The Jacyk fellowship is funded through a gift to the Institute by the Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Petro Jacyk, a prominent Canadian businessman who passed away in November 2001, was one of the Institute's most generous benefactors. In addition to his gift to establish the fellowship program, he endowed the position of the Petro Jacyk Bibliographer in Ukrainian Studies at the library of the Ukrainian Research Institute.