A new scheme providing financial support for students from Ukraine to study a one Year Master's Degree at the University of Cambridge has been launched thanks to a generous donation from a prominent Ukrainian businessman.

Dmitry Firtash (pictured) has made a gift to Cambridge to found the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme in the Department of Slavonic Studies.

This further donation provides financial support for five Ukrainian postgraduate Masters students studying any subject offered by the School of Arts and Humanities or the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. See the links on the right of this page for more details of these subjects.

Dr Emma Widdis, Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies said: “Ukrainian students can choose from a wide variety of nearly 50 courses ranging from Archaeology, History and Literature to Linguistics, Economics and International Relations. The presence of these students will enrich the multinational community at Cambridge and contribute to promoting awareness and deeper understanding of Ukraine. We are extremely grateful to Mr Firtash”

Dmitry Firtash said “I believe that education of Masters-level students from Ukraine in the United Kingdom will promote closer cohesion between the two nations. Having established the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Programme and launched this Cambridge-Ukraine Studentships Programme, we have in effect created an informal Embassy of Ukraine in one of the world’s greatest educational and research centres.”

The studentships are available to citizens of Ukraine who are offered admission to the University of Cambridge in October 2011.

Applications should be made before 31 January 2011. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2011.

The studentships will be means-tested and will provide either fees only (including both the University Composition Fee and the approved College Fee) or fees plus an annual stipend, according to financial need.

The Cambridge-Ukraine Studentships Programme is administered by the Cambridge Overseas Trust.

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