Vidnova Fellowship

Many civil society actors in Ukraine have lost their local context as well as their integrality as teams and organizations, and have been disconnected from their beneficiaries because of Russian military aggression. Moreover, opportunities for civic engagement have been constrained by the economic hardship that has resulted from the displacement of refugees.

Vidnova Fellowship is an individually designed support program for civil society actors from Ukraine who have been forced to leave their local context due to the full-scale Russian invasion. We are collaborating with activists and professionals involved in civil society who had to seek refuge in Europe (Vidnova Europe) or returned back to Ukraine (Vidnova Ukraine). The program aims to support the continuation of work of Ukrainian civil society actors in connection to diverse Ukrainian and European partners.

We address activists and professionals who are involved in the following spheres of civil society:

  • Human rights protection (LGBTIQ+ activists, Roma-activists, etc.)
  • Support for vulnerable groups (survivors of the Nazi Regime, people with disabilities, etc.)
  • Non-formal education (including history & remembrance activists)
  • Media literacy (independent media)
  • Social innovation and social entrepreneurship
  • Environmental protection
  • and others.

Fellows’ profile

  • An activist and/or a leader/founder/manager of an NGO, charity organization, or volunteer group who relocated to a European country or Ukraine because of the war.
  • Searches for support in finding ways and new senses for activities of their expertise.
  • Intends to stay in the sector, maintain current skills, develop further, and cultivate experience and their organization’s impact in Ukraine.
  • Needs support adapting their activities to the new context.

Calls for applications

Fellowship from 3 to 12 months

Vidnova Europe
Connection with a host organization
Vidnova Europe
Coaching
Vidnova Europe
Training opportunities

Funding for project activities

Vidnova Europe
Networking meetings

Calls for applications

Vidnova Fellowship Ukraine

For fellows in Ukraine.
This call for application is hosted by our partner organisation Insha Osvita. Please apply until April 14, 2024.
Vidnova Fellowship Europe
For fellows in other European countries.
Applications for Vidnova Europe are currently closed.

Meet the fellows

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UA

Olena Kasian

Olena moved from Sumy to Valencia, Spain. Olena is an entrepreneur and the founder of OKTOWN.com.ua. She is working on restoring and expanding the OKTOWN project and developing a mobile application to support the tourism business in Ukraine.
EU

Mariam Agamian

Haus Kulturen der Welt
Mariam comes from Kyiv and moved to Berlin. In the frames of Vidnova Europe, she aimed to establish connections between activists and researchers from countries with a colonial past and openly talk with them. Mariam worked on the future scope and development of the Kviradio (QueerRadio) – an initiative for non-professional reading of texts on queer-feminist topics.
LGBTQI+
radio
UA

Maria Burmaka

Maria Burmaka was born in Kharkiv and now lives in Kyiv. Musician, author, and journalist, Maria performs at charity concerts to raise funds for the military and people affected by the war. She performed at a charity concert in Lviv, recorded the soundtrack for the documentary film “Azovstal. Shelter of Love”, and also gave an interview for RBC Ukraine about the challenges for culture in the conditions of war.
EU

Yanush Panchenko

Roma Zentrum für interkulturellen Dialog e.V.
Yanush comes from Kakhovka and moved to Beverungen. In frames of Vidnova Europe, he collected interviews from Roma in Ukraine, monitoring media and social networks, researching how Roma’s participation in the resistance to Russian aggression in Ukraine is covered in the media, and how Roma from the post-Soviet countries reacted to the current situation. Yanush’s host organization was Roma Zentrum für interkulturellen Dialog e.V.
Roma
media
UA

Maria Chuprinenko

Maria was born in Novomykolaivka, Kherson region. Now she lives in Kyiv. Maria, an actress and singer, organized a musical evening in Kyiv. It focused on singing folk songs for people forced to leave Kherson due to the war. Maria and her community performed songs of her authorship and folk songs that she usually sang with her family in Kherson on holidays.
UA

Andriy Demchuk

Andriy was born in Lviv, where he lives. He is a Paralympic champion in fencing, a teacher at the Lviv Polytechnic University and the Lviv State University of Physical Culture, and co-founder of Accessible Cinema. This initiative helps visually impaired people “see” a movie. Previously, Andriy worked on shows about history and sports in Poland and organized a tournament supporting Ukraine. As part of the Vidnova Ukraine Fellowship, Andriy worked on the “Accessible Cinema” project and military sports rehabilitation.
EU

Victoria Mushtey

Support Ukraine
Victoria comes from Kyiv and moved to London. She co-created an educational and entertaining YouTube project “Nevihlasy” that targets teenagers and young people. It highlights topics not disclosed in our educational system but that are necessary for a conscious life. The main topics are sexual education and its importance for the healthy development of society, and the issue of Ukrainian self-identity: who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.
sex education
traditions
UA

Maryna Maikovska

Maryna Maikovska was born in Trostyanets, Sumy region, and now lives in Kyiv. Maryna is a director. As part of the Vidnova Ukraine Fellowship, she worked on the creation of a series of films about the evacuation of animals from Bucha. She plans to promote the film project to international animal protection and human rights organizations.
UA

Yanina Aleeva

Yanina was born and raised in Kharkiv, lived in Kryvyi Rih for several years, and has lived in Kyiv since 2001. She is the head of the NGO “My Province” and manager of cultural projects. She uses the example of small towns to reveal general historical trends in her project “History of Small Towns of Poltava Region”. Yanina published a series of video projects dedicated to the history of the cities of Horishni Plavni and Lokhvytsia.
EU

Uliana Lumei

AWO Ober-Mörlen e.V.
Uliana comes from Donetsk and moved to Essen. The educational project she realized in the frames of Vidnova Europe aimed to raise awareness around the potential of biogas technologies for households, mini-farms, and local communities in Ukraine. She evaluated potential development directions in Ukraine and attracted potential stakeholders for additional biogas and renewable energy projects.
renewable energy
biogas
EU

Oksana Orel

Ev. Paul-Schneider- Gemeinde
Oksana comes from Odesa and lives in Berlin. In the frames of the project of Vidnova Europe, Oksana organized an annual performance of “AdlerA dance”, a dance studio for children and young people who arrived in Berlin after February 24, 2022. The colorful music and dance program thanked Berlin’s residents, administration, the Steglitz-Zellendorf Lankwitz district, and all partners and sponsors.
dance studio
dancing classes
UA

Olena Pinkovska

Olena moved from Kyiv to Warsaw, Poland. Olena is a musician and a performer of opera and chamber music. She wants to combine chamber and vocal works of repressed authors in one concert program. She will partner with the orchestra, make a program, and plan events.

Partners & Supporters

This program is created by Commit by MitOst gGmbH and EVZ Foundation with kind financial support of EVZ Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Gerda Henkel Stiftung and Stiftung Mercator. The coordination of Vidnova Fellowship Ukraine is performed in partnership with NGO Insha Osvita.