New research grants announced through Notre Dame’s partnership with Ukrainian Catholic University

Author: Colleen Wilcox


The University of Notre Dame and Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) are launching three collaborative grants that expand the existing academic, religious, and cultural partnerships between the two universities. The collaborative projects include the ND-UCU Faculty Collaboration Grant Program, the ND-UCU Curriculum/Course Development Grants, and the ND-UCU Library Guest Scholars Program.

The ND-UCU Faculty Collaboration Research Program, which is now accepting applications, is focused on the following themes informed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: war and resilience, religious dimension, moral and legal responsibility, and integral human development and sustainable reconstruction.

“These collaborative grants will provide faculty members the opportunity to pursue research that will have tremendous influence in a variety of scholarly disciplines and for Ukraine in the months and years to come,” says Michael Pippenger, Notre Dame’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization.

“Being able to support Notre Dame and UCU faculty to pursue academic inquiry without pause and empower formative research during a time of war exemplifies what it means to be in solidarity together for the common good.”

In addition to faculty research grants, the other grant programs invite UCU faculty to access the online library collection at Notre Dame or offers faculty the chance to develop a new course or revise a specific curriculum at UCU.

Volodymyr Turchynovskyy, Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty at Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), says Ukraine has become a laboratory for social transformation of global importance and impact.

"Recently launched "Standing in Solidarity Partnership" is a very courageous and visionary move made by Notre Dame and Ukrainian Catholic University at the time of Ukraine's resistance against Russian full-scale invasion,” he says. “Such academic bravery is foremost a sign of profoundly lived solidarity and friendship between our two universities.”

Turchynovskyy says the continued partnership allows both universities to establish a channel through expertise and research, vitality and motivation, innovations and teaching, and richness of Christian tradition and practice.

“I'm very honored and grateful in acknowledging that the University of Notre Dame is an excellent partner in coping with this question and also in putting it on the global academia agenda,” he concludes.

Applications for all three grant programs are now open. Learn more about the three new grants here

The partnership expansion between Notre Dame and UCU, which was announced in May 2022, includes five primary components modeled on similar partnerships Notre Dame has with other colleges and universities worldwide to support international education and research.

Learn more about Notre Dame’s initiatives in Ukraine.

Originally published by Colleen Wilcox at on September 29, 2022.