Social Impact Technologies
and Democracy Research Hub
Visiting Fellowship
SITAD's Visiting Fellowship Program for Ukrainians
Australia's 1st visiting fellowship for Ukrainians hosted at The University of Technology Sydney
About the Fellowship
SITAD's Visiting Fellowship Program is a 2-months academic program hosted at the School of Communication, University of Technology Sydney in Australia. The program enables research students at MA, PhD levels and early career researchers from any Ukrainian university to travel to Sydney to collaborate on projects of mutual interest with SITAD and UTS academics.

The program was founded in 2020 by the SITADhub (former Ukraine Democracy Initiative) at UTS School of Communication together with Olga Oleinikova (UTS Senior Lecturer in Politics and Social Sciences) as an initiative to support Ukrainian academia and address democratic challenges in Ukraine and across the broader European region.

This is a unique program that gives opportunity to fellows to work on their research projects and discuss their work with SITAD and UTS researchers at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences seminars, research events, engage with higher degree research students and build their academic profiles through faculty mentorship.

The program has been funded with generous support from Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia (USFA).

Welcoming the 1st and 2nd Cohort

of SITAD Fellows

The program was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-related travel restrictions in Australia. We are looking forward to welcoming our first 8 fellows on campus in 2022.
Anastasiia Syzenko 
Anastasiia Syzenko is Associate Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and teacher trainer at British Council Ukraine. She holds MA and PhD in Modern Languages (English and French) and MA in Public Administration. As awardee of Carnegie Fellowship and Weiser Professional Development Fellowship, Anastasia has had extensive international academic and research experience at UC Berkeley and University of Michigan (USA). She has conducted research projects at University of Turku (Finland), KU Leuven (Belgium), and Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania). Her research interests include reforms in higher education, digitalization and communication in public administration. She is also a Board member and co-founder of Smart City Public Council, a non-for-profit public organization aimed at developing democracy and fostering transparent governance in Ukraine via digitization and introduction of the world’s best practices of e-governance into local city councils. While at UDI/UTS she will be working on her research project “Crisis Communications in Public Sector” – a comparative case study of good practices in Australia and Ukraine.
Daryna Zhyvohliadova
Daryna Zhyvohliadova is a policy researcher (currently PhD-candidate in Culture Studies at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), cultural program manager, and non-formal education trainer (skills gained by Erasmus + Program). She holds the position of Deputy Head of International Cooperation Department at the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation - the key institution reported to the Ministry of Culture and Informational policy of Ukraine. The project that Daryna will be working on while at UTS is titled “Think globally – act locally: socio-cultural issues of international cooperation”. Through UDI/UTS fellowship program Daryna aims is to bring reforms to the Ukrainian cultural, economic and social space by strengthening the dialog between Ukraine and Australia and exchanging experience with scientific leaders from Australia, especially from University of Technology Sydney.

Ostap Salovskyi
Ostap Salovskyi is PhD candidate in Economics at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (LNU), Lviv, Ukraine. He received Bachelor (2015) and Master (2017) degrees with honors in Economics from LNU. Ostap held a research fellowship at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2018), dedicated to the topic of Ukraine’s economic evolution. Besides, he obtained an academic student scholarship, awarded by the President of Ukraine (2015-2016), as well as twice was among the prizewinners of All-Ukrainian national student contests (Olympiads) in Economics (2015, 2016). Ostap is also a member of the Scientific Economic Club of students and young researchers at LNU. His current research interests include institutional economics, transition economies, economic evolution, and democratic transformation of societies. While at UDI/UTS, Ostap will be working on his research project “Public Policy Communications as a Tool to Enhance Political Trust and Promote the Democratic Evolution of Ukraine’s Economy”.
Tetiana Gorokhova
Tetiana Gorokhova is Associate Professor of Marketing and Business Administration Department (SHEE «Priazovskyi State Technical University», Mariupol, Ukraine). Expert of the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance (specializations: Marketing, Management, Economics). Master-facilitator of «Active Citizens» project (British Council), Associate member of International Organization of experienced scholars and civic activists «Ukraine Democracy Initiative», Business Trainer of UNDP and GIZ training programs. Expert of the project of the Council of Europe “Youth for Democracy in Ukraine”. I am a judge of Diamond Challenge project. I am a participant of Compass Long-Term Training Course for Trainers on Human Rights Education with Young People in Ukraine. The topic of my research project is “Inclusive educational environment for migrants, based on NSW education system”.
Maryna Rabinovych
Maryna Rabinovych is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Governance of Kyiv School of Economics, Kyiv, Ukraine. She holds a PhD (magna cum laude) in Legal Studies from the University of Hamburg, an LL.M “European and European Legal Studies” from the University of Hamburg and Eropa-Kolleg Hamburg, as well as an LL.B from Odesa National University. The works by Dr. Rabinovych were published in East European Politics, Brill Open Law, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law and Global Affairs. Her co-edited volume “Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict. The Case of Ukraine” was published by Palgrave McMillan in August 2020. Her monograph “EU Regional Trade Agreements: An Instrument of Promoting the Rule of Law to Third States” saw the world with “Routledge Studies in EU Foreign Policy Series” in April 2021. In Sydney, Dr. Rabinovych will work on the research project “Blame Games and Claiming Credit in the Implementation of Peace Agreements: The Case of the Minsk Peace Process”.
Iryna Fyshchuk
Iryna Fyshchuk is Assistant Professor and Post-Doc Researcher at the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (NAPA), Department of Public Administration and Public Service, Kyiv, Ukraine. She holds PhD in International Economics (2013) from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University (KNU), Kyiv, Ukraine. Between 2012 and 2017 she worked as a Lecturer in International Economics at the Christian University, the State Economic and Technological University of Transport and KROK University. She has over 40 scholarly publications. While at UDI/UTS, she will be working on her research project “Open and Effective Communication of Public Authorities in Ukraine: Performance, Challenges and Futures”.
Sergii Geraskov
Sergii Geraskov is the Head of Center for Social and Humanitarian Research, Institute of Expert-Analytical & Scientific Research at the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (NAPA), Kyiv, Ukraine. He holds PhD in Religious Studies from H. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He has held the positions of a Senior Lecturer (2012-2013), Associate Professor (2013-2014), Acting Head of the Department of Sociology and Humanities (2014-2016) at Donetsk National Technical University. Sergii has held Research Fellowships at Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan (2016-2017) and NAPA, Kyiv, Ukraine (2017). He was the President of “Amaterasu” Japanese Culture Center (2007-2017) and is currently a member of the European Association for the Study of Religions and the International Association for the History of Religions. His research project at the UDI/UTS - “The role of public diplomacy in shaping the image of Ukraine in Australia”.
Artemiy Deineka
Artemiy Deineka is PhD Candidate in Sociology at the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University (KNU), Kyiv, Ukraine. He holds Bachelor (2012) and Master (2014) degrees in Sociology from KNU. Since 2014 he serves on the editorial board of a popular sociological magazine in Ukraine “СВОЄ” (“Our Own”). Artemiy has published a number of English-Ukrainian translations of articles and books in sociology and history, including “Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954” by George O. Liber and “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance. His research interests include theory and history of sociology, science and technology studies, and democracy in the field of higher education. His research project at the UDI/UTS is devoted to the “Study of deliberative democracy practices in Ukrainian higher education”.
Application Guidelines
Program Objectives
The program’s objective is to provide opportunities for long-term research engagement between UTS and Ukraine universities. The academic visits under this program are intended to further research collaboration in the area of Ukrainian studies and broader communications studies:

  • Politics, society and the environment
  • Branding, PR and industry evaluation
  • Journalism and communication
  • Digital and social media, screen and sound studies
  • History and creative Writing
MA, PhD students and early career academics participating in the SITAD Visiting Fellowship program are expected to:

  • Publish a paper in a peer reviewed journal within 12 months of fellowship completion
  • Present at public seminar/lecture at UTS
  • Give a seminar/talk for Ukrainian community in Australia
  • Present at a conference within 12 months of fellowship completion
  • Broaden collaborative connections with other academics at UTS
Appointments are generally expected to be around 2 months in duration. If funding is sought for a period shorter or longer than this, a clear explanation should be included with the proposed visit time. Visitors must be in residence for at least 75% of their appointment.
Applicants for fellowship must have an institutional affiliation to any university in Ukraine and be working to complete their MA, PhD degree or be an early career researcher (having research experience and publications).
How to Apply
  1. Read the UDI Visiting Fellow program’s Eligibility Criteria, Fellowship Overview and Guidelines.
  2. Define your research project topic, outline the planned outcomes of your visit, and agree on the content of the Application.
  3. View the application form and prepare all the necessary documents for submission:
  • Completed application form
  • Applicant’s CV, including a list of publications and/or professional activities.
  • 1-2 page description and the title of the planned research project.
  • 2 reference letters.
4.Submit completed application and all the necessary documents to the relevant department at your university in Ukraine or to
Selection Criteria
The criteria for assessing applications include academic distinction demonstrated by the standard measures of academic level, place of appointment, record of publication, honours and awards; the relevance of the proposed research to the work of SITAD and UTS; reference letters.

SITAD and UTS strives, in its selection process, to have a mixture of MA, PhD research students with early career scholars, and to achieve a gender balance. SITAD and UTS does not discriminate for or against any applicant on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, age, medical record, marital status, impairment, disability, or sexual preference.

Selection committee consisting of 4 members meets to discuss the applications and chooses the top 3 candidates. The selection committee includes 1 representative from USFA Board of Directors, SITAD Director and 2 academics from UTS (including Head of School of Communication).Candidates are notified via email about the success of their application.

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