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APPLY TO THE 2022-23 UKRAINIAN EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

Deadline for the pre-screen questionnaire is 5:00pm PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.

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Now Accepting Applications

Deadline is 5:00pm PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 for the first round of applications. See below for more information.

About the Fellowship Program

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program (UELP) is a 10-month academic training fellowship hosted at Stanford University. The program was founded in 2016 by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute together with Oleksandr and Kateryna Akymenko (Stanford John S. Knight fellows) as an initiative to address development challenges in Ukraine and across the broader region.

UELP 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. 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, events and site visits to Silicon Valley technology firms. 

The program has been funded with generous support from Astem.Foundation, Believe in Yourself Foundation, Dragon Capital, MacPaw, Luminate, Liudy Maybutnoho, Parimatch Tech, and the Western NIS Enterprise Fund.

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Interview with Oleksandra Ustinova

Interview with Oleksandra Ustinova

Oleksandra Ustinova discusses the role of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program on her election to Parliament.

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Ukraine at Stanford: Meet the Third Cohort

CDDRL launched the third year of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program to an audience of over 200 from the Stanford and local Ukrainian-American community on Oct. 3, 2019.

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The Ukrainian Fight for Democracy in the Black Sea Region

CDDRL and the Embassy of Ukraine in the US hosted a discussion on Crimea with senior policy makers.

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ELIGIBILITY

The program is geared towards mid-career practitioners working actively as policy-makers, legal professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society organizations in Ukraine.

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  • Program Design
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  • Dates for the 2022-23 Program
  • Funding and Support

Eligibility

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 must hold Ukrainian citizenship, reside in the country, and have plans to return to Ukraine after the fellowship.
  • Candidates must be at least 28 years old by the start of the fellowship program in September 2022.
  • 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. 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 in order for the fellow to fully benefit and participate in the program. 

Program Design

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program combines academic courses, faculty mentorship and community engagement to support capacity building and leadership development for program participants.

  • The program will have a project based approach. Fellows identify an issue they would like to gain an in-depth understanding of and/or address once they return to Ukraine.
  • Each fellow will have meet with faculty mentors regularly during their stay. Faculty will engage fellows through guidance on their projects, coursework, discussions around challenges in Ukraine and connecting fellows to the Stanford community.
  • Fellows take courses at Stanford that help support their area of expertise and also provide them with an academic foundation to deepen their knowledge base. 
  • Fellows work together as a cohort on a collaborative project to engage stakeholders on Ukraine's political and economic development.
  •  At the end of the program fellows will present their findings to the program faculty and the greater Stanford community. 

Faculty

The program's interdisciplinary faculty includes leading political scientists pioneering innovative research and analysis in the fields of democracy, development and the rule of law. CDDRL’s Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program core faculty includes: 

Dates for the 2022-23 Program

The dates for the 2022-23 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program are Sunday, September 18, 2022- Wednesday, June 23, 2023Applicants are required to commit to the entire academic year. They must be sure that they can be absent from their professional obligations during that time and must make a commitment to attend the full program upon acceptance. 

Funding and Support

Fellows receive a stipend for the ten-month fellowship program. The stipend amount provides for academic resources, relocation expenses and living expenses in the Bay Area.

The program will support the cost of visa fees and travel to and from Ukraine for fellows. The program will also cover the cost of fellows’ tuition, program travel and events. 

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Guidelines

We encourage all applicants to review the eligibility and selection criteria, along with the pre-screen instructions in detail before submitting the questionnaire. The pre-screen guidelines are a valuable resource and outline the process in great detail. Please read the contents of the guidelines in their entirety before beginning the application process.

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Apply: Pre-Screen Questionnaire

CDDRL invites mid-career practitioners working actively as policy-makers, legal professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society organizations in Ukraine to apply to the second cohort of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program. Deadline for the pre-screen questionnaire has been extended until 5:00pm PST on December 8, 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the FAQ section for questions you may have regarding the application form before contacting the program team. If there are any questions or difficulty with the application not addressed in the guidelines, please email: emergingleaders@stanford.edu

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Application Guidelines

This is a two step application process. Please see below for details concerning the first step of this process.

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  • An Important Note on the Application Process
  • How to Use the Application System
  • Application Components

Apply Here

CDDRL invites mid-career practitioners working actively as policy-makers, legal professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders of civil society organizations in Ukraine to apply to the second cohort of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program. Deadline for the pre-screen questionnaire has been extended until 5:00pm PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. 

 

Click here to access the pre-screen questionnaire.


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An Important Note on the Application Process

Please be advised that this is a two-step application process. All candidates are invited to apply through the pre-screen questionnaire. Applicants will be notified by the end of 2021 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. 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, please note that you may be asked to sit for an interview in March. We will release final decisions in Spring 2022.

A note for applicants who are reapplying: Please fill out the pre-screen questionnaire and indicate whether you would like us to carry over your application components from the previous year. If you are advanced to the second round and you have indicated that you would like us to carry over your application, we will do so. 

 

Click here to access the pre-screen questionnaire

How to Use the Application System

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program uses the WizeHive application system to manage both the pre-screen and full application process. This system is widely employed by other fellowship programs and should be easy to use. Here are some guidelines to take note of when using the application system:

  • You can save your work at any time and return to the form at your convenience. You do not need to complete the application form in one sitting. It is strongly suggested that you save your work often by clicking on the "Save Draft" button at the end of the page.
  • Once you submit your application form you can no longer return to make any changes. Please review all your work before clicking the "Submit" button at the end of the application form.
  • The system will notify you by email when you application form has been received. 

Application Components

In order to apply to the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, please create an account through our online portal. You can access the wizehive portal here. The pre-screen questionnaire is available once you login and will be available through the deadline, Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Due to the volume of applications, we strongly suggest that you submit the application form as soon as possible.

Applicants will be informed of the results of the pre-screen by the end of 2021. Please do not email us concerning your application status before that time as the program team will be very busy processing and reviewing files.

All application materials must be submitted in English. Applicants should be sensitive to word count and not exceed any of the stated word count limits in the narrative sections of the form as you will automatically be cut off.

Please remember that you are always able to save and return to your work at any time by clicking on the "Save Draft" button. We encourage you to save your work often during the application process so you do not jeopardize losing your material.

The pre-screen questionnaire contains the following components:

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Academics & Career Information
  3. Resume
  4. Candidate Background and Project Questions

Sections 3 and 4 require the most attention from applicants. 

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About the Program

Learn more about the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.

Meet the 2021-22 Cohort

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Yulia Bezvershenko

Ministry of Education and Science
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Yulia Bezvershenko

Ministry of Education and Science
Yulia Bezvershenko is Director General of Directorate for Science and Innovation at the Ministry of Education and Science. The Directorate was created for policy development and implementation in the research, development and innovation sector.
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Denis Gutenko

State Fiscal Service/Ministry of Economy
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Denis Gutenko

State Fiscal Service/Ministry of Economy
Denis Gutenko joins CDDRL after most recently serving as the head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. Holding this position from 2019-20 he was responsible for dismantling the large-scale State Fiscal Service into three accountable units: Tax Administration, Customs and Tax police.
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Nariman Ustaiev

Gasprinski Institute
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Nariman Ustaiev

Gasprinski Institute
Nariman Ustaiev is co-founder and Director at Gasprinski Institute for Geostrategy. He is also an external advisor for the Committee on Human Rights, Deoccupation and Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories in Donetsk, Luhansk Regions and Autonomous Republic of Crimea, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

About the Applicants

3135 Interested Applicants
1248 Full Applications
55 Cities Represented
26 Regions Represented
12 Number of Fellows and Alumni
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Contact Us

If there are any questions or difficulty with the application, please email: emergingleaders@stanford.edu