Documenting Ukraine

Research Programs

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).

 

Project Grants

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 now being accepted for the next round of grants. The deadline is 23:59 CET on 30 September 2022.

To submit an application, please use our online application platform, available here.

PLEASE NOTE: The technical issue that prevented applications from being submitted on 30 September has now been resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience. We have extended the deadline to 23:59 CET on Sunday, 2 October 2022 to allow anyone who encountered this problem to submit.

 

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 two ways:

  • Credit card or check, through the King Badouin Foundation United States. Donations made via KBF US are tax-deductible in the United States. To donate directly to the Documenting Ukraine project, please visit this page
  • Bank transfer directly to the IWM:

Account Holder:
Institut f. d. Wissenschaften vom Menschen – Spendenkonto  
Spittelauer Laende 3, 1090 Wien 
Bank
Erste Bank 
Graben 21, 1010 Wien 
IBAN 
AT50 2011 1280 5698 6103 
BIC/SWIFT 
GIBAATWWXXX

Contact

Heads of Project

Timothy Snyder
Permanent Fellow, IWM
Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University

Katherine Younger
Permanent Fellow, IWM

Contact

Kseniya Kharchenko
Documenting Ukraine Project Manager (ext. 109)
ukraine@iwm.at

Documenting Ukraine Grant

  • Women Occupied: A Documentary Film
    Women Occupied is a documentary based on the five true stories of women from different countries who were raped by enemy soldiers. The reality of war in Ukraine and wars all over the world is that––along with missiles and guns––rape is an instrument of war and a weapon.
    Oksana Ivantsiv

    Arts&Rights NGO

    Producer

    Women Occupied is a documentary based on the five true stories of women from different countries who were raped by enemy soldiers. The reality of war in Ukraine and wars all over the world is that––along with missiles and guns––rape is an instrument of war and a weapon.
  • “A Thousand and One Hours”: A Non-Fiction Tale of How Ukrainians Fought Russian Propaganda in the Arab World
    This project is aimed at recording a unique live experience of tackling Russian propaganda on the Al Jazeera Arabic TV Channel, the biggest TV channel in the MENA region.
    Petro Burkovskyi

    Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation

    Executive Director

    This project is aimed at recording a unique live experience of tackling Russian propaganda on the Al Jazeera Arabic TV Channel, the biggest TV channel in the MENA region.
  • “A Thousand and One Hours”: A Non-Fiction Tale of How Ukrainians Fought Russian Propaganda in the Arab World
    This project is aimed at recording a unique live experience of tackling Russian propaganda on the Al Jazeera Arabic TV Channel, the biggest TV channel in the MENA region.
    Mariia Zolkina

    Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation

    Head of Regional Security and Conflict Studies

    This project is aimed at recording a unique live experience of tackling Russian propaganda on the Al Jazeera Arabic TV Channel, the biggest TV channel in the MENA region.
  • Preparing and Publishing a Book: Voices of War
    The aim of the project is to inform the Ukrainian and worldwide community about the war crimes committed by the Russian military and to establish the human dimension of these crimes by exploring their impact on the lives of individual Ukrainians or society as a whole. 
    Yevhen Zakharov

    NGO "Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group"

    Director

    The aim of the project is to inform the Ukrainian and worldwide community about the war crimes committed by the Russian military and to establish the human dimension of these crimes by exploring their impact on the lives of individual Ukrainians or society as a whole.