Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme

The Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme is a long-term programme of the Ukrainian Institute that supports projects in educational and cultural institutions

About the programme

For: Ukrainian Studies abroad

The Programme aims to:


deepen the knowledge and understanding of Ukraine and its cultural heritage among different foreign audiences


promote the growth of expert knowledge about Ukraine


promote new research in the field of Ukrainian Studies and increase the visibility of existing ones


strengthen intercultural and scholarly communication


expand the use of digital technologies in humanities

The country’s reputation, among other things, depends on its representation in the academic and intellectual sphere, which is defined by the level of research, quantity, and quality of translations, the number of educational courses at foreign universities devoted to the country. So, in order to gain subjectivity in the


About Lysiak-Rudnytsky

The Programme is named after Ivan Lysiak-Rudnytsky (1919-1984), an American/Canadian historian of Ukrainian descent. A public intellectual, Lysiak-Rudnytsky made a significant contribution to the development of Ukrainian Studies abroad. As early as the 1950s, he pointed to the shortcomings of the Russian-centric approach to Eastern European history that prevailed in North America. Emphasizing the multiethnic nature of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, he singled out Ukrainian context and the Ukrainian perspective regarding the events of the past. His numerous essays on Ukrainian political and intellectual history have had a significant impact on the formation of modern Ukrainian historiography.

Winners 2022-2023

The applicant Larysa Dovha. The project will become the first educational platform in Ukraine to present a holistic view of the history of Ukrainian culture in Polish. UCulture is a platform developed by leading Ukrainian and international researchers to spread knowledge of Ukrainian culture. The website features academic lectures and interviews with leading cultural critics, historians, art historians, practitioners, and experts in cultural space development.

The project was initiated by the Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Mykola Lysenko. The Conference aims to highlight the current state of the culture and art scene, rethink gained experience, find opportunities and methods to transform the industry through horizontal connections and address the challenges Ukraine faces today.

This is an initiative of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe. The team will translate into English and make more accessible sources related to Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity, collected from December 2013 to February 2014. The translation of the database “Personal Chronologies of Euromaidan” will help to respond to the growing interest in the history of Ukraine and will facilitate the integration of the Ukrainian experience into educational courses and comparative studies of protest movements, activism, and solidarity. In addition, the anniversary of the Euromaidan, which falls in November 2023, will provoke a burst of interest in the topic in the academic environment and beyond.

Results of the 2020 competition


Winners 2020


Ukraine ver­ste­hen. Auf den Spuren von Terror und Gewalt
Publishing project on the culture of  remembrance in Ukraine (Germany)

A collection of essays from leading foreign and Ukrainian historians, intellectuals, publicists about the important events in the history of Ukraine, in particularly, in the common history of Ukraine and Germany. The publication is distributed in print and will soon be publicly available. The project was implemented by the Zentrum Liberale Moderne think tank devoted to the democracy, individual liberty and cosmopolitanism, including defence and renewal of open society. The Centre also deals with international, socio-political, historical and cultural issues.

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine
Series of short films (UK)
The “10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine” project tells about prominent Ukrainians, historical and cultural events that reshaped Ukraine`s history of the 19th – 21st century. Leading scholars invite us to rethink familiar phenomena in local and global contexts, and to understand their role in the formation of modern Ukraine, their place in European and world cultural context. The series was prepared by the Ukrainian Institute of London in collaboration with leading scholars in the field of Ukrainian Studies. The archival footage used in the films is provided by the Central State Cinema, Photo and Audio Archives of Ukraine n.a. Pshenichny.
Dlaczego w sztuce ukraińskiej są wielkie artystki
The Polish Edition of the Book  “Dlaczego w sztuce ukraińskiej są wielkie artystki (Why there are Great Female Artists in Ukrainian Art)” (Poland)
The book “Why there are Great Female Artists in Ukrainian Art” explores the presence of women in Ukrainian art of the 20th and 21st century. The authors of the book discussed the experience of Ukrainian female artists, revealing the difficulties of their self-realisation, the impact of the surroundings on their work and career, talked about their artistic heritage. The book was first published in Ukraine in 2019, and in 2020 was translated into Polish as part of the Lysiak-Rudnytsky Ukrainian Studies Programme. It was presented to the Polish artistic community in November 2020. The translation and promotion of the book in Poland were initiated by the Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation which supports women in art, researches and promotes the artistic heritage of female artists, with a special focus on the art of Central and Eastern Europe.
Urban XX Century: spatial, visual, local and everydaу
Multimedia project (Austria-Ukraine)
The Urban XX Century: Spatial, Visual, Local and Everyday project will provide the English-speaking audience with the access to resources on the history and culture of Ukraine. The project aims to discuss the global processes of the 20th century from the perspective of personal experiences and local contexts. The educational platform, which contains materials on the urban history of Ukraine of the 20th century, primarily Lviv and Kyiv, will help to develop new humanitarian programs and courses, and complement existing ones, including in foreign universities with the Ukrainian perspective. The project is implemented by the Lviv office of the Center for Urban History of Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Harald Private Foundation.
Zero Point Ukraine: Four Essays on World War II
English Publication of Olena  Stiazhkina’s Book (Germany)
The translation and publication of the book Zero Point Ukraine: Four Essays on World War II in English almost coincided with its original publication in Ukrainian in 2020. In the four essays Ukrainian historian and writer Olena Stiazhkina reveals Ukrainian experience of the Second World War, as well as presents events in Ukraine in the European context. The author analysed the research methodology, approaches to understanding of war events, the terms used when talking about World War II, the mobilization and militarization of Soviet society, the features of occupation regimes on Ukrainian territories. The English translation of Zero Point Ukraine: Four Essays on World War II was published by the international academic publishing house ibidem-Verlag in the Ukrainian Voices series. The series aims to introduce Western audience to Ukrainian explorations and interpretations of historic and current events. Within the framework of the Programme, 20 copies of the book were distributed among 20 libraries and universities in Germany.
Ukrainian Dissidents: An Anthology of Texts
English Publication of the Book 
The book Dissidents. An Anthology of Texts, compiled by Oleksiy Sinchenko, Leonid Fiberg, Dmytro Stus, and Myroslav Marynovych, reveals the complexity of the dissident movement in Soviet Ukraine. The book includes articles, poetry, public addresses, court speeches, memoirs about being in prisons, mental hospitals and camps, written in the 1960s and 1980s. These texts reveal the phenomenon of dissidence, moral and aesthetic beliefs of their authors. The English translation of Ukrainian Dissidents: An Anthology of Texts was published by the international academic publishing house ibidem-Verlag in the Ukrainian Voices series. The series aims to introduce Western audience to Ukrainian explorations and interpretations of historic and current events. Within the framework of the Programme, 20 copies of the book were distributed among 20 libraries and universities in Germany.
Forum on Race and Postcolonialism in Ukraine
Programming of a web section Forum on Race and Postcolonialism in Ukraine on the website (Canada)
The Forum on Race and Postcolonialism in Ukraine aims to make qualitative research on postcolonialism, cultural and national diversity of Ukraine more accessible to both academia and the general public. The platform will facilitate communication between research centres and scholars in Ukraine and North America. The project is being implemented by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta in collaboration with the Krytyka magazine and publishing house.
Lesja Ukrajinka i ukrajinska moderna
Croatian Publication of the Book  (Croatia)
The book Lesya Ukrainka and Ukrainian Modernism consists of the articles of Ukrainian scholars about the personality of Lesya Ukrainka, her legacy in the Ukrainian and European literature and culture, and the first Croatian translation of her drama Boyarynia. In 2021, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of this outstanding Ukrainian playwriter, the book will be presented to the public and distributed among cultural centers and libraries in Croatia. The project was implemented by the Croatian-Ukrainian Cooperation Society (HORUS) at the Department of Ukrainian Language and Literature, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. Also, the Museum of Outstanding Figures of Ukrainian Culture (Kyiv) and students of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Zagreb were involved in the publishing project.