What is UNE?
The University of New Europe (UNE) is a network of academic solidarity, creativity, and institution building.
We are a cross-European team of scholars, and we believe that equal intellectual access is crucial for peace and prosperity on the continent. UNE builds critical knowledge about the complex impact of war, climate crisis, and other emergencies on education and research across Europe. Via our serial public events such as Eastplainers (Amsterdam) and open access book series New Europes (Bielefeld), we promote collaboration and exchange between academics, students, activists, and the general public. For students and scholars at risk, we provide support with our mentoring programme and a database of global opportunities. UNE is a registered NGO in the Netherlands, and our mentoring programme is jointly managed with Science at Risk (Berlin).
University of Oxford – The Refugee Academic Futures Scholarships
The Refugee Academic Futures Scholarships offer financial support to pursue graduate study at Oxford to students who are refugees or other people with lived experience of displacement.
Oxford University Graduate Scholarships for Ukraine
The Oxford University Graduate Scholarships for Ukraine Programme (2024-25) is proudly supported by XTX Markets.
Eastsplainers #7: Indigenous Communities
In the October edition of Eastsplainers, we devote our attention to indigenous communities from Central and Eastern Europe, and from the Russian Federation in particular.
Philipp Schwartz Initiative
The Philipp Schwartz Initiative enables universities and research institutions in Germany to host researchers at risk on the basis of a full fellowship.
NWO Hop-On Call for Researchers Based in Ukraine: NWO-NRFU Partnership Initiative
The aim of “NWO Hop-On Call for Proposals for Researchers Based in Ukraine: NWO-NRFU Partnership Initiative” 2023 is to stimulate online participation of qualified researchers in Ukraine in ongoing NWO projects and to extend their professional network in the Dutch research community. The NWO project team can provide consulting, information, mentoring and/or other assistance to the individual Ukrainian based researcher.
Grassroots Mentee’s Network
Grassroots Mentee’s Network is a part of UNE that connects relocated scholars to each other, in order to provide advice and exchange about navigating new cultures and academic environments.
What do we do?
We raise funds and support for a future University of New Europe;
We host a database with emergency resources worldwide for scholars, students, and cultural workers at risk.
We curate a book series titled ‘New Europes’
We organize the UNE mentoring programme for students, scholars, and cultural workers affected by the war in Ukraine or at risk across other East-Central, Eastern European and Central-Asian localities;
Since the spring of 2021, we have actively lobbied for a new university, in cooperation with both national and European authorities and NGOs, as well as scholarly, political, military, and legal experts who support our cause. Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, we have combined these activities with offering immediate support to students, scholars, and cultural workers at risk with a mentoring network.
First and foremost, the UNE mentoring network reaches out to the vast number of colleagues, students, and cultural workers who are affected by the war in Ukraine; second, we seek to support those at risk across other East-Central, Eastern European and Central-Asian localities. To this end, the mentoring programme matches international scholars and professionals with students, scholars, and cultural workers at risk who are looking to find a new job, funding opportunity, accommodation, remote support, or who seek more general advice.
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