WorldWideStudies is an educational initiative of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, aimed at fostering a new generation of Ukrainian professional elites.

The project encourages Ukrainian youth to get Master’s degrees in the world’s best universities1 in the fields selected by the Foundation as top priority for further development of Ukraine.

Since 2010 87 young Ukrainians have won the “WorldWideStudies” grant of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the majority of whom has already returned to Ukraine and started working by the obtained speciality.

Grants are offered in the following 6 fields: agricultural studies, environment and ecology, public law, public administration, aerospace engineering and alternative energies. The grant primarily covers tuition fees, books and medical insurance. The grant amount is based on the needs and merits of each student. The majority of grants covers up to 60% of the amount required (but not more than $30 000 for the whole study period, 1-2 years). Students have to find matching funding themselves.

Candidates are selected in the course of a national competition in June each year, and receive grants from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation to start their studies in fall that very year. Potential candidates choose Master’s program independently, go through the application process and further explain to the WorldWideStudies selection panel how he/she plans to apply the acquired knowledge in Ukraine. The Victor Pinchuk Foundation expects all grant winners to return to Ukraine and work in the chosen field of study for at least 5 years.

Project participants should meet the following criteria: be citizens of Ukraine under the age of 35 (at the moment of University enrollment), have Bachelor’s or higher degree in the appropriate field, as per requirements of the Master’s program of the chosen University. Candidates should also demonstrate a clear vision of how they are going to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in Ukraine.

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1  According to the rankings of THE Times Higher Education and QS

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