Future of Ukraine Fellows

Help Fund the 2022 Fellows

13 April 2022

After an arduous selection process, we have pre-selected 10 outstanding Ukrainian thought leaders that we seek to fund. We will fund the first round of three fellows but seek your help in funding the others. Here are their stories.

Out of 30 candidates, 10 were preselected to be funded for the fellowship. Our initial goal allows us to fund three, six month paid positions at Visegrad Insight to help these Ukrainian thought leaders continue their work and tell the untold stories of the war. Here is the first round of three fellows that we have selected along with their bios.

 Bohdan Bernatskyi

Bohdan Bernatskyi is a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Ostroh Academy. He is a legal practitioner and helps the Ukrainian government and Members of Parliament in the fields of sanctions and transitional justice reforms. His academic interests include human rights, functioning of political parties and countermeasures in international relations.

Christine Karelska

Christine Karelska is an alumna of the College of Europe in Natolin and the Democracy Study Centre in Kyiv. Her main specialization is the European Neighborhood Policy. Christine was an intern-analyst of the Public Association “Community Associations” in Odesa. Her main academic spheres of interest are security studies, international relations, gender equality and local governance. Currently, she is working as an Advisor on International Relations of the Vice Mayor of Odesa and as an Assistant to the Deputy of the Odesa City Council. Previously, she worked as a Project Manager of the Ze!Women movement aimed at gender equality and promotion of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska’s projects in the Odesa region.

Vitaly Portnikov

Vitaly is an author and renowned journalist working in democratic media in Central and Eastern Europe for more than three decades. He is the author of hundreds of analytical articles in Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Israeli, Baltic media. He hosts television programs and his own analytical channels on YouTube. He is currently broadcasting at the office of the Espreso TV channel in Lviv and continues to cooperate with the Ukrainian and Russian services of Radio Liberty. On the Russian service of Radio Liberty, he continues the project about the post-Soviet space “Roads to Freedom”, which was aired first from Moscow, then from Kyiv, and is now being produced in Lviv as a joint project of Radio Liberty, the Current Time TV channel and the Espreso TV channel.

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Contribute to Fund Additional Future of Ukraine Fellows

We call upon all of our subscribers, readers, and partners to donate to this fellowship program and help the following Ukrainians be the leading voices of the untold stories behind and beyond the Russian invasion of Ukraine and cover topics the war might have interrupted. Contribute now to help these fellows continue their work.

Oleksandra Drik

Oleksandra Drik is an advocate who has implemented anti-corruption reform in Ukraine since 2014. Oleksandra headed an anti-corruption NGO and was a senior project manager to the Reforms Delivery Office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. She has served as an advisor to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine. She is also a news and media personality, author and presenter of programmes on national Ukrainian TV. She holds an MA in Global Politics and Law, Ukrainian Diploma in International relations and Law from the University of Sheffield. 


Oleksandr Holubov

Oleksandr is a Ukrainian Journalist and Data Analyst currently working in Bonn, Germany. In the past decade, he has worked for Ukrainian magazines Korrespondent and Focus, helped provide the people of the Russian-annexed Crimea with independent news coverage as an anchorman at Krim.Realii radio (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty project), and anchored a TV-show at Espreso.tv channel (one of the few independent channels at the time of Euromaidan in Kyiv). Recently, he has worked as a journalist at the Ukrainian desk of the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn and its correspondent in Kyiv. He wrote articles for several Western media like Zeit Online and Berlin Policy Journal. He has a Masters degree in Political Science (German and European Studies) at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Oleksandr Kraiev

Oleksandr Kraiev is a director of the North America program in the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. He is an international relations columnist for several Ukrainian and international media outlets. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Key academic and professional spheres of interest: the UK and US foreign and domestic policy, the Irish border dispute, hybrid warfare, and modern conflicts.

Yana Mokhonchuk

Yana Mokhonchuk is a journalist and creative copywriter from Ukraine. She studies International Relations, Social Communications and Regional Studies at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is a writer for the Ukraїner project where she writes stories about unique Ukrainian artists, crafts, entrepreneurship, museums, foundations, exporters, educational projects, clusters and farms, conduct interviews, make research.

Khrystyna Semeryn

Khrystyna Semeryn is a Ukrainian journalist, award-winning researcher, cultural and gender expert, media and disinformation analyst, and writer. She has served as an expert for the Ukrainian Book Institute and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation as well as chief editor at the Geopoetical Studies academic journal. She is a member of the Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies. Khrystyna is the committed author of over hundred researches and publications on cultural memory, women’s rights and feminist critics, gender, literature, cultural policy, Jewish studies and the Holocaust, sculpture, creative industries, multiculturalism, media and combating disinformation. 

Nadiia Sukha 

Nadiia Sukha is a journalist and communication manager of the portal Virtual Museum of Russian Aggression which documents all the crimes of  Russia’s occupation of Ukraine. She is also an investigative journalist and recently worked for the online news media “Ukraina: Operativno” and “Ukraina: na żywo”. She has worked on the project “VyboryVybory”, which covered electoral reform and the election processes in Ukraine. She collaborates with the BBC and Radio Liberty, telling the news about the war in Ukraine to foreign media.

Yana Volovich

Yana Volovich is an editor and producer at videoproduction who has previously worked at the International Broadcasting Multimedia Platform of Ukraine UATV), and the European Voluntary Service in Erasmus+ in Slovenia . Her previous projects included telling the stories of local heroes for the programs “My Land” and “Home Way”.

The Future of Ukraine Fellowship

To address the humanitarian crisis stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Visegrad Insight, Res Publica Foundation will use all of its proceeds from subscriptions to our website to establish three paid, full-time editorial positions as part of the Future of Ukraine Fellowship for a six-month period.

The dreadful events in Ukraine have forced all of us to rethink the main tenets of security, the importance of democratic values, and the right for a free nation to defend its sovereignty. As the Russian invasion continues to displace millions of Ukrainians — along with thousands of victims of the war — we are left with hundreds and thousands of untold stories and lost narratives that have been missing from mainstream accounts of recent events.

To showcase the bravery and resilient spirit of the Ukrainian people during these troubling times, Visegrad Insight has established the Future of Ukraine Fellowship that will give space to Ukrainian voices who will tell the lost stories of displaced and vulnerable Ukrainians. As disinformation persists in the media infosphere, there is a demand for strong voices who will take a more human-centred approach to the ongoing events in Ukraine.

We call upon all of our subscribers, readers, and partners to donate to this fellowship program to help Ukrainians be the leading voices of the untold stories behind and beyond the Russian invasion of Ukraine and cover topics the war might have interrupted.


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