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APPLY TO THE 2019-20 UKRAINIAN EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

Deadline for the pre-screen questionnaire is is 5:00 pm PST on Friday, January 18, 2019.

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A PROGRAM BY THE CENTER ON DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND THE RULE OF LAW

Now Accepting Applications

Deadline is 5:00pm PST on Friday, January 18, 2019 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 Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Tomas Fiala, Astem.Foundation, the Omidyar Network, MacPaw, and Victor and Iryna Ivanchyk. 

2017-18 Launch Event

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) launched the inaugural Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program to an audience of over 200 from the Stanford and local Ukrainian-American community on Oct. 3, 2017.

Panel on US-Ukraine Relations

Panel on US-Ukraine Relations

The panel was a discussion with experts in Ukrainian political affairs, including Ambassador of Ukraine to the US H. E. Valeriy Chaly, the CEO of Horizon Capital Lenna Koszarny and Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Sviatoslav Vakarchuk Benefit Performance

In a special benefit performance to celebrate the program Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and New York-based jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin performed in variety of styles, from traditional Ukrainian folk songs to American jazz standards.

Application Guidelines

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

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

 

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How to Apply

    An Important Note on the Application Process
  • An Important Note on the Application Process
  • How to Use the Application System
  • Overview
  • Resume
  • Candidate Background Questions
  • Apply Here

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 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. 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 May. We will release final decisions in May.

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. 

Overview

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, Friday, January 18, 2019. 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 mid-February 2019. 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. English Language Proficiency
  5. Candidate Background and Project Questions

Sections 3 and 5 require the most attention from applicants. More detailed instructions are provided below.

Resume

Candidates must prepare a resume or curriculum vitae to upload with the questionnaire. The document should be in English and a minimum of one page and no longer than three pages in length.

The resume should list in order of priority the following:

  1. Professional experience with your most recent position listed first and dates of employment
  2. Educational credentials, including all degrees earned
  3. Awards and honors, if applicable
  4. Publications, if applicable (please do not include an exhaustive list)

Please note that once you submit the questionnaire you will NOT be able to make any changes to your resume. We ask that you carefully review the attachment before submitting.

Candidate Background Questions

We suggest that you draft your responses in a word processing document and then copy and paste in into the application form. In drafting your responses, please try and avoid overly technical language and explain acronyms so that your ideas can be easily understandable to people who are not working in your field of expertise.

Our application system has a word count limit and will track your word count on the form. It is important that you be concise in answering questions. Please focus on the most important points that you want to convey.

  1. How many years have you been actively working in the field of democratic, social, and political development in Ukraine? (50 words maximum)
  2. Please provide a short description of your organization’s mission and scope of work. In answering this question, It would be helpful to understand your organization's role in the broader democratic landscape in Ukraine. (100 words maximum)
  3. Please describe your current professional role, scope of work and principle responsibilities (please do not cut and paste from your CV here). (100 words maximum)
  4. What is your impact – both professionally and through any community activity or public life accomplishments - on the advancement of democracy in Ukraine and/or the broader region? (100 words maximum)
  5. How will you be able to set aside your professional obligations for 10 months to attend this fellowship program? Do you have the support of your supervisor, staff, and/or board to participate in a program of this nature? (50 words maximum)
  6. Why are you interested in applying to the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program now? In answering this question, please highlight how the program will contribute to your professional and/or personal development at this moment in your personal and professional journey. (100 words maximum)
  7. How might the 2019 elections in Ukraine affect your ability or choice to participate in this program if selected? (100 words maximum)
  8. Please describe the fellowship project that you would like to focus on over the course of the academic year at Stanford.  In answering this question, please be as specific as possible and highlight how it will advance democratic outcomes in Ukraine and/or the broader region. (200 words maximum)

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 is 5:00 pm PST on Friday, January 18, 2019. 

 

Click here to access the pre-screen questionnaire.


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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 is 5:00pm PST on Monday, January 17, 2018.

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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

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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Application Criteria

    Eligibility
  • Eligibility
  • Faculty
  • Program Design
  • Dates for the 2018-19 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 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. 

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: 

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 to learning where fellows will identify an issue they would like to address and/or gain an in-depth understanding in order to apply lessons learned once they return to Ukraine.
  • Over the course of the academic year each fellow will have a faculty mentor who they will meet with regularly during their stay. Faculty 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 help support their area of expertise and also provide them with an academic foundation to deepen their knowledge base. 
  •  During the final 6 weeks of the program, fellows will present their findings to the program faculty and the greater Stanford community. 

Dates for the 2018-19 Program

The dates for the 2019-20 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program are Sunday, September 15, 2019- Sunday, June 22, 2020Applicants 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. 

About the Program

Learn more about the inaugural year of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.

The 2017-18 Program
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The Inaugural Year

About the 2018-19 Applicants

1402 Interested Applicants
668 Full Applications
55 Cities Represented
26 Regions Represented
3 Fellows Selected

Meet the 2018-19 Cohort

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Nataliya Mykolska

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
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Nataliya Mykolska

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Nataliya Mykolska is the Trade Representative of Ukraine - Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. In the government, Mykolska is responsible for developing and implementing consistent, predictable and efficient trade policy. Mykolska is the Vice-Chair of the International Trade Council and the Intergovernmental Committee on International Trade.
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Ivan Prymachenko

Prometheus
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Ivan Prymachenko

Prometheus
Ivan Prymachenko is an educational technology innovator and a co-founder of the largest Ukrainian massive open online courses platform Prometheus with 600,000 users. In addition, Prymachenko is a lead educational expert in the largest NGO coalition in Ukraine, the Reanimation Package of Reforms, the most influential non-governmental reform advocate in the country.
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Oleksandra Ustinova

Anti-Corruption Action Center (ANTAC)
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Oleksandra Ustinova

Anti-Corruption Action Center (ANTAC)
Oleksandra Ustinova is the head of communications and Anti-Corruption in HealthCare Projects at the Anti-Corruption Action Center (ANTAC), in Kyiv, Ukraine. ANTAC is one of the leading watchdog organizations on anti-corruption reform in Ukraine and was one of the founders of new anti-corruption institutions in Ukraine.

Meet the Next Generation of Ukraine's Leaders

A Special Evening to Celebrate the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program

Contact Us

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