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

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Now accepting applications. Deadline is 5:00pm PST on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 for the pre-screen questionnaire. See below for more information.

About the Program

The Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program is a 10-month academic training fellowship hosted at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. The program 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 to address development challenges in Ukraine and across the region.

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, and Astem.Foundation.

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.

Leading Stanford 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.
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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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Stephen D. Krasner

Senior Fellow
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Stephen D. Krasner

Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stephen Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, School of Humanities & Sciences, and the deputy director of FSI. A former director of CDDRL, Krasner is also an FSI senior fellow, and a fellow of the Hoover Institution.
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Michael McFaul

Director
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Michael McFaul

Director
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Michael McFaul is professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014).
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Kathryn Stoner

Deputy Director
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Kathryn Stoner

Deputy Director
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Kathryn Stoner is the Deputy Director for the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). She is also a Senior Fellow at FSI and CDDRL, and Faculty Director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies at Stanford University.

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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. 

Dates

The dates for the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program for the 2017-18 academic school year are Sunday, September 17, 2017- Sunday, June 24, 2018. Applicants are required to participate for the entire duration of the fellowship 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.

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Donors

The program is funded with generous support from Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk and Tomas Fiala.

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.

2018-19 Application

This is a two step application process. All candidates are invited to apply through the pre-screen questionnaire, due Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5:00pm PST.

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Apply to the 2018-19 Program
 

Please be advised that we have changed the application process from last year. This is now a two-step application process. All candidates are invited to apply through the pre-screen questionnaire, which will be open until Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5pm PST. Applicants will be notified in mid-February if they have advanced to the next round.


Please click here to visit the application page to learn more about the process and to access the pre-screen questionnaire

 

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.

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.

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

2017-18 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program

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

Meet Our 2017-18 Cohort

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is proud to announce the selected practitioners for the 2017-18 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.
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Oleksandra Matviichuk

Center for Civil Liberties
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Oleksandra Matviichuk

Center for Civil Liberties
Oleksandra Matviichuk is a human rights defender who works on advancing democracy in Ukraine and the OSCE region. At present, she heads the human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties and also coordinates the work of the initiative group Euromaidan SOS, which aided persecuted protesters during the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-14. In 2016, she received the Democracy Defender Award for "Exclusive Contribution to Promoting Democracy and Human Rights" from the OSCE.
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Dmytro Romanovych

Reform Delivery Office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
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Dmytro Romanovych

Reform Delivery Office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
Dmytro Romanovych works at the Reform Delivery Office for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Romanovych is an advisor to the Minister of Economy, and is responsible for deregulation and improving the business climate in Ukraine. In addition, he is an economic expert in the largest NGO coalition in Ukraine, the Reanimation Package of Reforms, which is the most influential non-governmental reform advocate in the country.
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Olexandr Starodubtsev

Prozorro
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Olexandr Starodubtsev

Prozorro
Olexandr Starodubtsev is a Ukrainian reformer who is deeply involved in the creation of a new electronic public procurement system Prozorro. Starodubtsev is the head of the Public Procurement Regulation Department in The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, and is an official policymaker in the spheres of public procurement and economic development in Ukraine.

About the Program 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. The opening event featured the visiting practitioners - Olexandr Starodubtsev, Oleksandra Matviichuk, Dmytro Romanovych - who were joined by CDDRL’s Visiting Scholar Sviatoslav Vakarchuk in conversation with former ambassador to Russia and Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Michael McFaul. This panel was introduced by Professor Francis Fukuyama, Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and Jaroslawa Johnson, President and CEO of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund. 

During this event, these three emerging leaders and visiting scholar Sviatoslav Vakarchuk presented on their work and contributions to democratization in Ukraine. The Ukrainian leaders discussed their own perspectives on opportunities and challenges to democracy and development in their home country, as well as their objectives for their time at Stanford and upon their return to Ukraine. Read more about the launch event here. 

2017-18 Launch Event

Watch the video from the launch event, introducing Oleksandra Matviichuk, Dmytro Romanovych and Olexandr Starodubtsev as the 2017-18 cohort.

Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and New York-based jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin performed in variety of styles, from traditional Ukrainian folk songs to American jazz standards. Watch the performance here.

Special Evening to Celebrate the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.

This special evening hosted by Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law on November 28, 2017, brought together 200 community members to celebrate the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, to raise support for the Program's pilot year and its future. The event featured a panel of experts to explore 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 and former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, with Francis Fukuyama, Mosbacher Director of CDDRL, as the moderator.

The final portion of the evening was a special benefit concert for the program. Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer of the band Okean Elzy and visiting scholar at CDDRL, and New York-based jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin performed in variety of styles, from traditional Ukrainian folk songs to American jazz standards. Learn more about the event here.

Inaugural Cohort of Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Selected

Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) selected Oleksandra Matviichuk, Dmytro Romanovych and Olexandr Starodubtsev as visiting practitioners for the 2017-18 Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.

Stanford Cultivates the Next Generation of Ukrainian Leaders

Even within Ukraine’s embattled political sphere, a new generation of leaders is still inspiring change. Stanford University intends to harness this energy through its Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program, a new program for mid-career professionals.

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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Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
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Sadaf H. Minapara

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

minapara@stanford.edu 

 

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

 

Vasyl Marmazov

Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Korea 

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('10), Stanford University 

 

Kateryna Ryabiko

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

Draper Hills Summer Fellow ('09), 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