Umeå University is earmarking SEK five million on welcoming Ukrainian researchers fleeing the war. “In this difficult situation, we must do what we can to support individual Ukrainian researchers affected by the war,” says Hans Adolfsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University.
Text: Johanna Fredriksson
Ukrainian and Swedish flag hoisted on Campus Umeå.
The earmarking of SEK five million to welcome Ukrainian researchers is one way for Umeå University to show our support for those affected by the Russian invasion.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a humanitarian crisis and an enormous wave of refugees from the war zone. Consequently, several Swedish universities and research funding bodies are now taking initiatives to support Ukrainian researchers who wish to conduct their research in Sweden.
On 1 April, the Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University approved a proposal to reserve SEK five million to enable Ukrainian researchers affected by the war to come to Umeå for work. The funding is drawn out of the Vice-Chancellor’s budget for strategic resources.
Co-funding is a requirement
The idea is that researchers who are granted funding fit in at the department in question.
A requirement is also that the faculty and department is able to co-fund the researcher to a minimum of 50–67 per cent.
The Vice-Chancellor reaches decisions on funding in each individual case, and decisions are to take place in 2022.