Stanford's UKRAINIAN EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

A new academic training fellowship hosted at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

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The 2019-20 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program application will open in winter 2019.

About the 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 (Rustem Umerov), Believe in Yourself Foundation (Victor and Iryna Ivanchyk), Dragon Capital (Tomas Fiala), MacPaw (Oleksandr Kosovan), Luminate, Liudy Maybutnoho (Svyatoslav Vakarchuk), and the Western NIS Enterprise Fund.

 

Tech and Innovation in Ukraine

Tech and Innovation in Ukraine

Watch the discussion of Ukraine's technology and innovation sectors at our May 10 conference.

The Cyber Security Threat

UELP fellow Nataliya Mykolska brought together a panel of experts to compare lessons learned from devastating attacks in Ukraine and the US.

Kleptocracy in Russia and Ukraine

Kleptocracy in Russia and Ukraine

UELP fellow Oleksandra Ustinova participated in this panel with The American Interest's Charles Davidson and Jeffrey Gedmin

Welcoming the Third Cohort to Stanford

We are excited to announce that Kateryna Bondar, Artem Romaniukov, and Pavel Vrzheshch will be joining the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program for the 2019-20 year.
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Kateryna Bondar

Reform Support Team, Ministry of Finance
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Kateryna Bondar

Reform Support Team, Ministry of Finance
Kateryna Bondar is a member of the Reform Support Team at the Ministry of Finance. The Reform Support Team was created for implementation and promotion of the reform agenda, as well as the coordination of stakeholder activities, communication of reform results and insurance of their sustainability.
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Artem Romaniukov

Civil Control Platform / Save Dnipro
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Artem Romaniukov

Civil Control Platform / Save Dnipro
Artem Romaniukov is the chairman of the board for the Civil Control Platform and co-founder at the Save Dnipro initiative in Dnipro, Ukraine. Within CCP Artem fights corruption byconducting investigations and promoting the e-democracy and transparency solutions for Ukrainian local governments and implemented the launch of ProZorro at the local level.
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Pavel Vrzheshch

Banda Agency
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Pavel Vrzheshch

Banda Agency
Pavel Vrzheshch is the co-founder and creative director of Banda Agency. Under his leadership Banda won the Cannes Lions festival and became the Agency of the year at the Red Dot design awards in 2018. By the order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Vrzheshch and his team developed the first Ukrainian global brand – ‘Ukraine Now’.

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Summary

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 to learning where fellows will identify an issue they would like to address and/or gain an in-depth understanding of to apply once they return to Ukraine. Over the course of the academic year, each fellow will have a faculty mentor with whom they will meet regularly during their stay. Faculty members will engage fellows through guidance on their projects, coursework, discussions around challenges in Ukraine and connecting fellows to the diverse Stanford community.

Fellows will have the opportunity to take courses at Stanford that support their area of expertise and also provide them with an academic foundation to further their knowledge base. In addition, they will visit technology firms based in Silicon Valley to learn about approaches to different challenges around the world. During the final 6 weeks of the program, fellows will present their findings to the program faculty and the greater Stanford community.

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.

1. Candidates should hold Ukrainian citizenship and must reside in the country, and have plans to return to Ukraine after the fellowship.

2. Candidates must be at least 28 years of age at the start of the fellowship program.

3. Candidates should have demonstrated professional and personal achievements in a relevant sector of democracy, development and the rule of law.                 

4. 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.       

5. We strive to recruit a diverse group of four 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.

6. A working knowledge of English is an important prerequisite. It is expected that each fellow have a solid command of written and spoken English in order to fully benefit and participate in the program.

All applicants must be prepared to commit themselves to the fellowship rather than to regular professional work. If selected, your full-time job is to be a Stanford fellow. We require fellows to take leave from their regular jobs, whether they be in the nonprofit or government sectors, to devote their energy to the fellowship.

Support

Recipients receive a stipend for the 10-month program. The stipend amount provides for academic resources, relocation expenses and living expenses in the Bay Area. 

 

Application

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program uses the WizeHive application system to manage all incoming applications and the review process and contains the following sections:

The application contains the following sections:

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Academics & Career Information
  3. Candidate Background Questions
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Fellowship Project Statement
  6. English Language Proficiency
  7. Video Submission
  8. Letters of Recommendation

Details on each section are included in the application guidelines available below. 

Donors

The program is funded with generous support from Western NIS Enterprise Fund; Svyatoslav Vakarchuk; Tomas Fiala; Astem.Foundation; Oleksandr Kosovan; and Viktor and Iryna Ivanchyk.

WNISEF is a regional private equity fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience in investing in small and medium-sized companies. WNISEF is supported by the United States Agency for International Development.

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk is a civic activist, Ukrainian musician and the lead vocalist and founder of the band “Okean Elzy“. Vakarchuk is also the founder of a charity fund called “Lyudi Maybutnyogo” (People of the Future) and co-founder of the Center for Economic Strategy, an independent policy think tank dedicated to supporting reforms and sustainable economic growth in Ukraine. He was a Yale World Fellow in 2015.

Tomas Fiala is the  Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Capital, a leading investment bank in Ukraine. Fiala has over twenty years’ experience in Central and Eastern European securities markets. He served as elected President of the European Business Association (2010-’15) where he led the top association for foreign businesses in Ukraine uniting over 900 companies with more than a million employees. In October 2016, Fiala was elected to the Board of Transparency International Ukraine.

Astem.Foundation is a mission-driven fund, focused on the development of social innovation, impact-oriented initiatives and support for creative leadership teams that will contribute to betterment of life through education, modern cultural trends and new social and political relationships. The fund is led by Aslan Omer Kirimli and Rustem Umerov.

MacPaw is an app development company with a number of successful macOS, iOS, and Windows applications in their portfolio. Headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine, MacPaw has gained solid recognition among over four million customers all over the world. Since 2008, the company has been developing apps with a strong focus on design and functionality to ensure exceptional user experience.

Victor and Iryna Ivanchyk are the founders of “Povir u Sebe" ("Believe in Yourself”) Foundation, which over the past 9 years supported 450 children from rural areas in their aim to obtain higher education. At the same time the foundation provides grant financing to leading Ukrainian universities for scientific research and implements projects on development of leadership, creativity and entrepreneurship among young people. Viktor Ivanchyk is also a founder and General Director of Astarta - leading company in agricultural and sugar industry of Ukraine.

Academic Advisory Council

The program's academic advisory council mentors fellows on coursework and projects. Its members include leading political scientists pioneering innovative research and analysis in the fields of democracy, development and the rule of law.
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Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow
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Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy and its Global Digital Policy Incubator. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.
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Francis Fukuyama

Mosbacher Director
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Francis Fukuyama

Mosbacher Director
Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He is also a professor by courtesy in the Department of Political Science.
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

Director of The Europe Center
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Anna Grzymala-Busse

Director of The Europe Center
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Anna Grzymala-Busse is a professor in the Department of Political Science, the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the director of The Europe Center. Her research interests include political parties, state development and transformation, informal political institutions, religion and politics, and post-communist politics.
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Erik Jensen

Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School
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Erik Jensen

Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School
CDDRL Affiliated Faculty
Erik Jensen holds joint appointments at Stanford Law School and Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. He is Professor of the Practice, Director of the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School, an Affiliated Core Faculty at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and Senior Advisor for Governance and Law at The Asia Foundation.

2019-20 Application Now Closed

Please check back in Fall 2019 for the 2020-21 application.

Please visit this page to access the application materials

We ask that all applicants carefully read the pre-screen guidelines in their entirety before applying to the program. You should also carefully review the frequently asked questions section to address any questions you may have concerning the application process. The guidelines cover all steps in the pre-screen process. We ask that you please do not reach out to the program team unless a question is not covered in the FAQ.

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

The application can be accessed here. 

Meet Our Alumni

Learn more about the alumni of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.

Now in its third year, the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program has developed a growing network of reformers in Ukraine. Learn more here about the past fellows and their achievements. 

The Future of Ukrainian Democracy after Elections: Successes and Challenges

After the events of the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine made a decisive historic choice in its shift towards democracy, notwithstanding current threats to security and sovereignty from Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbas. Due to these circumstances, Ukraine is on the frontline of democracy between Russia and the West. In 2019, Ukrainians have faced major decisions in their country’s democratic development with the presidential and parliamentary elections. 
 

In light of the elections the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program at the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law gathered DC-based policy makers, high-level Ukrainian state officials and parliamentarians to discuss lessons that should be learned from the presidential elections, and what can we take away looking toward the parliamentary elections.

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program at the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law organized a conference on these political developments to discuss pertinent policy issues that will affect Ukraine’s future. This conference reflected how UELP fellows are creating an important place for conversation on global development and Ukraine at Stanford University by raising key questions about the country’s future direction. 

Find out more about the conference here. 

 

Reforms in Ukraine

Watch the first panel featuring Nataliya Mykolska, Mustafa Nayem, Oleksandr Saienko, and Oleksandra Ustinova

Brilliant Minds of Stanford and Silicon Valley

Nataliya Mykolska and CDDRL have launched a project in cooperation with Ukrainian media outlet Novoye Vremya. Click here to watch the first interview with Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama.

Why We Can't Get Enough of Ukraine

Mosbacher Director Francis Fukuyama on why Ukraine is a source of hope for democratic development for the Atlantic Council's UkraineAlert blog.

A Special Evening to Celebrate the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program

The event was comprised of a panel and a performance by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer of the band Okean Elzy and visiting scholar at CDDRL, and pianist Fima Chupakhin.

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616 Serra St.
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Stanford, CA 94305-6055

 

 

 

Stanford

Sasha Jason

Program Associate, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

asjason@stanford.edu

 

Advisors

Olga Aivazovska

Head of the Board, Civil Network OPORA NGO

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('16), Stanford University 

 

Oleksandr Akymenko

John S. Knight Fellow ('16), Stanford University

akymenko@stanford.edu

 

Kateryna Akymenko

John S. Knight Affiliate ('16), Stanford University

katedi@stanford.edu

 

Victor Liakh

CEO, East European Foundation

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('17), Stanford University 

 

Kateryna Ryabiko

Democratic Governance Officer, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('09), Stanford University 

 

Andriy Shevchenko

Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('09), Stanford University

 

Taras Shevchenko

Director of the Center for Democracy and Rule of Law and Co-Chairman of the Reanimation Package of Reforms 

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('07), Stanford University

 

Svitlana Zalishchuk 

Member of Parliament, Ukraine 

Chair of the sub-committee on the European and Euroatlantic Integration 

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('11), Stanford University