Tel Aviv University welcomes first Ukrainian researcher with emergency scholarship
Tel Aviv University said Sunday it had welcomed its first Ukrainian refugee scholar to campus under an emergency scholarship program.
Law doctoral student Maryana Sytar, who was studying at the Koretsky Institute of State and Law of Ukraine before Russia invaded Ukraine, landed in Israel on Thursday.
“It took me a few days to arrive. I had to travel from Ukraine to Hungary and then catch a plane to Tel Aviv,” Sytar said. “I am constantly trying to reach my family, but it gives me comfort to know that they are safe at this time.”
She will continue her research at TAU’s Buchmann Law School over the next six months.
“I want to express my gratitude to Tel Aviv University for giving me this opportunity and to all the kind people who surround me and constantly help me,” said Sytar. “I really appreciate that.”
Israel’s largest university said it expects more Ukrainian scholars to arrive this week. Earlier this month, TAU announced dozens of scholarships totaling NIS 1 million ($310,000) for Ukrainian students and scholars whose studies have been disrupted by war. The grants cover both tuition and living expenses in Israel.
TAU said the emergency fund, which is open to students currently enrolled in any discipline at a Ukrainian university, “raised hundreds of thousands of dollars” in a matter of days from generous donors, including the governors of TAU Vlad and Sana Shmunis.
The school has also launched a fundraising campaign “to support dozens of Ukrainian students and researchers with immediate shelter and assistance that will allow them to continue their academic studies and research, which have been interrupted due to the crisis. In progress”.