The war that Russia launched on 24 February 2022 has affected the lives of every person in Ukraine, including those who are fighting to defend their country, mobilized to assist others, or displaced from their homes. Their stories should be recorded.
Vital work is being done by those who create a record of the war in Ukraine, who capture the human experience of that war, and who make it accessible and comprehensible to the broader world.
Not only is it essential to make clear what is happening in the present moment, to bear witness to events and assert the truth in the face of the Russian regime’s longstanding assault on the very notion of truth, which has enabled this war of aggression. It is also crucial to build a written, visual, and aural archive of the war, to ensure that this record can be returned to in years to come.
The project Documenting Ukraine seeks to facilitate this work by supporting journalists, scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and archivists based in Ukraine as they work on documentation projects that establish and preserve a factual record, through reporting, gathering published source material, or collecting oral testimony; or bring meaning to events through artistic interpretation and intellectual reflection.
Documenting Ukraine also foresees the construction of a complex archive of materials created and collected by project participants and the presentation of these materials to the public, in cooperation with partner institutions, including the Center for Urban History (Lviv), the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University, and the Public Interest Journalism Lab (Kyiv).
In its initial phase, Documenting Ukraine is awarding one-time project grants of 5000 EUR. These grants are awarded via two tracks:
- A limited number of grants are available by invitation, for those nominated by a member of the IWM community.
- The majority are awarded by open application (see below for details on how to apply).
Examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to:
- Journalists could apply to continue their reporting.
- Writers could propose essays or book projects in which they reflect on their personal experience of the war.
- Scholars could propose conducting interviews with those whose lives have been affected by the war or gathering and processing published materials about the war.
- Public intellectuals could propose writing or giving interviews for European media.
- Filmmakers or visual artists could propose projects in their discipline; curators could propose exhibitions.
- Publishers could propose book projects about the war; translators could propose particular texts about the war for translation.
- Archive employees could propose documenting the impact of the war on their collection.
Applications consisting of a brief project description (max. 1 page), a CV, and contact details for one reference must be submitted via the IWM's online applications platform. The preferred language for the application is English. However, Ukrainian applications are also accepted.
Applications are not currently being accepted. Decisions regarding applications that were submitted in the most recent round (September 2022) were communicated to applicants on 4 November 2022. Information about the next round will be available in coming weeks.
The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions, nor to give individual feedback to applicants. Please note that by submitting an application you consent to the IWM sharing your application materials with outside experts for purposes of evaluation.
Support the Project
We are grateful for any contributions that allow us to expand the number of grants we are able to offer. Donations can be made in several ways:
Bank transfer directly to the IWM:
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U.S.-based donors can make tax deductible contributions to Documenting Ukraine via the "American Friends of the IWM" at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS).
Because KBFUS is a public charity, within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for their contributions.
If you wish to support us, here is how to proceed:
- Gifts by check: Address your check to KBFUS, write "American Friends of the IWM / Documenting Ukraine" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020
- Gifts by credit card: Follow this link
- Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Contact KBFUS via email at email@example.com or phone (212) 713-7660.
Heads of Project
Permanent Fellow, IWM
Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University
Permanent Fellow, IWM
Documenting Ukraine Project Manager (ext. 109)