Register to Host Postgraduate Research Students and Academics from Ukraine
Cambridge4Ukraine volunteers are currently working closely with the University of Cambridge to provide accommodation for scholars from Ukraine. The University of Cambridge has set up the Ukrainian Academic Support Scheme, which aims to bring to the UK up to 20 postgraduate research students and academics from Ukraine, irrespective of nationality, to continue their studies and research in Cambridge for a period between 6 to 12 months.
The University in collaboration with Cambrigde4Ukraine will help successful candidates to come to the UK using the Homes for Ukraine visa scheme. Cambridge4Ukraine is an organisation that is looking for the sponsors to host the academics and, in some cases, close members of their family (spouse or children). Please fill in this form if you would like to host one or more academics or postgraduate research students from Ukraine for a minimum of 6 months.The hosts will receive £350 per calendar month for up to 12 months by the government.
If you would like to receive more information about the scheme, please consult FAQ.
How will this work?
Once we have the names and information about the specific postgraduate research students and academics accepted by the University, someone from Cambridge4Ukraine will contact you to provide you with more information about a displaced student or an academic that needs a sponsor. We will offer to set up a call for you to meet the person from Ukraine and we will also offer visa support if need be.
What does it mean to be a 'sponsor'?
To be a sponsor means to officially invite a Ukrainian refugee through the Homews for Ukraine visa scheme developed by the UK government. Potential academic visitors can only get a UK Visa once they have a confirmed sponsor and an address where they can stay. The visitor(s) will need private sleeping accommodation with access to toilet facilities. When the visitor arrives the sponsor will receive £350 per calendar month for up to 12 months. Support services and other funding is handled through the local authority, either Cambridge City or South Cambridgeshire District Council. If you wish to talk to an experienced host please contact us and we will arrange for one to ring you.
Why doesn't the University of Cambridge invite the scholars using student or work visas?
The displaced doctoral students and academics from Ukraine will not be registered for a degree at the University of Cambridge or be employed by the University. They are coming as displaced visiting students and academics for a period between 6 and 12 month to be able to continue their studies and research. Homes for Ukraine visa route is most appropriate for their circumstances.
Why doesn't the University of Cambridge or colleges provide their own accommodation for the scholars?
The Institutional route for Homes for Ukraine visas is not yet operational. To enable displaced doctoral students and academics to find a safe environment to continue their studies and research, the University is seeking support from individual sponsors for Homes for Ukraine visa route.
What is the timeline?
We envision that the list of academics will be prepared by the beginning of September and we would like the scholars from Ukraine to arrive to the UK in October. Most likely, we will contact you at the end of September (after 16th of September). It is important to emphasize that the timeline will largely depend on University's speed in processing applications.
How will we store your data?
Once you register with us, your data will be securely stored on our server. Your data will be available to Cambridge4Ukraine volunteers and academics from Ukraine selected to participate in the Ukrainian Academic Support Scheme. We might share your data with the University of Cambridge representatives that are involved in the Ukrainian Academic Support Scheme. We will delete most of information about you once the academic you host has arrived and keep your contact information in case of emergency. We will delete all the data once the Ukrainian Academic Support Scheme is closed or within 14 months.
Who is working on this project?
Cambridge4Ukraine is a volunteer initiative which mainly involves the students and academics of the University of Cambridge. The core team of people responsible for this project includes:
Andrii Smytsniuk, Senior Teaching Associate, Language Teaching Officer in Ukrainian at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (University of Cambridge) and Co-Founder of Cambridge4Ukraine.
Dr Igor Teslenko, Visiting Fellow at the Fitzwilliam College (University of Cambridge) and coordinator of the Data Analytics Team at Cambridge4Ukraine.
Dr Iryna Voytyuk, Research Associate at ALBORADA Drug Discovery Institute (University of Cambridge) and coordinator of Homes for Ukraine Visa Consultancy Team at Cambridge4Ukraine.
Nataliia Nalieskina, Software Developer (Amazon), Data Analyst at Cambridge4Ukraine
Svitlana Novoselova, Cambridge4Ukraine Outreach Manager
Why should you trust us?
You can find information about Cambridge4Ukraine on the website of the Cambridge City Council, and website of the University of Cambridge. You can also request more information about the Ukrainian Academic Support Scheme by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or request more information about Cambridge4Ukraine by emailing email@example.com .