Awards and Bursaries

Media artists, folk artists, new writers, musicians—if you are a MacEwan student whose creative projects have a Ukrainian or Ukrainian-Canadian focus, our awards program is for you.

The application deadline is November 30, unless otherwise noted in an award's information sheet. Award winners are announced in the spring.

MacEwan University is supporting scholars from its partner universities in Ukraine with six non-residential grants.

Non-residential Grants for Ukrainian Scholars Information Sheet

This award is offered annually for a project that fosters a greater awareness of Ukrainian art in Alberta. This project may be an exhibit, tour, festival, educational program or other special project.



Anna (nee Raycheba) Pidruchney was an Alberta homesteader, community activist, artist and author of two books about Ukrainian-Canadian pioneer life. She taught numerous writing classes in Ukrainian and English and had a special interest in young people. This award was established in 1989, in recognition of her life-long commitment to encouraging and promoting the works of young writers. The award is available annually to a writer for a work that includes Ukrainian-Canadian content (i.e., subject matter, theme, character or settings. The Ukrainian Canadian content may be from any historical period or country). Previous recipients of this award are not eligible to apply again.


This award was established in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the passing of Roman Soltykewych, and in recognition of his work in developing and fostering love and understanding of Ukrainian choral music. It is awarded annually to any qualified applicant (individual or group) determined to pursue further studies in the field of Ukrainian choral or vocal music.


This award was established through the Ukrainian Music Society of Alberta (UMSA), in commemoration of the life of Serge Eremenko, one of the founders and a life-long member of the organization. UMSA is dedicated to promoting the awareness and development of Ukrainian music in Alberta. It is awarded annually to any qualified applicant (individual or group) planning to pursue further studies in the field of Ukrainian music. Courses of study or workshops, in progress or recently completed, will be considered.


The Ukraine Millennium Foundation promotes Ukrainian Music in Alberta and encourages students and the general public to pursue and develop their interest in the field of Ukrainian music.


Congratulations to our 2023 award winners!

Ukraine Millennium Foundation Award ($1,000 each), MacEwan students

Ukrainian Music Performance and Recording: Dominic Plamondon
Ukrainian Music Research: Lisa Kotelniski
Composition of Musical Works Based on Ukrainian Themes: Natalia Ungstad

Alberta Council For The Ukrainian Arts Award ($500)

Kappella Kyrie Slavic Chamber Choir

Roman Soltykewych Music Scholarship ($1,000)

Bandura band “Feyeria”, directed by Oksana Kolomiiets

Serge Eremenko Music Award ($500)

Anna-Mariya Zagirska

Anna Pidruchney Memorial Fund ($1,300)

Michaela Yarmol-Matusiak

William & Mary Kostash Award for Film and Video Arts ($1,000)

Steven Brese for the documentary "Alberta Stands With Ukraine"

Meet our non-residential scholar grant recipients

Recognizing the need for urgent support of Ukraine’s intellectual community in the face of Russia’s war of aggression, the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre has awarded six grants that support academics from MacEwan's partner universities in Ukraine. MacEwan academics are welcome to join any of these research projects and collaborate with the Ukrainian colleagues. Contact the URDC for details on working with a non-residential scholar.

Dr. Svitlana Danchak (Ternopil National Medical University): Supporting Mental Health in Education During War

Dr. Danchak has been awarded a non-residential grant from URDC to lead a much-needed project aimed at supporting the mental health of educational participants during wartime. The project focuses on conducting a psychological assessment at the Institute of Nursing to develop and implement strategies for mental health support. Utilizing standardized questionnaires to diagnose conditions like anxiety and depression, the project seeks to tailor interventions for effective emotional support and behavioural adaptation among students and faculty. This initiative is vital for maintaining educational function and individual well-being during the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Dr. Mariia Lihus (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy): Exploring Identity and Memory in Ukrainian Women's Cinema

Dr. Lihus is the recipient of the URDC non-residential grant for her project titled "The 1990s as a Liminal Space in Ukrainian Women’s Cinema." Her research goes deep into Ukrainian society's complex transition during the 1990s, examining films by Kira Muratova and Iryna Tsilyk to explore their portrayals of Ukrainian national identity and post-Soviet life. Lihus' study aims to enrich the discourse on postcolonial reflection and introduce a critical female perspective on cinematic representation in Ukrainian humanities.

Dr. Petro Baykovskyy (Ukrainian Catholic University): Examining Euroscepticism's Impact on EU Integration

Dr. Baykovskyy is investigating the influence of Euroscepticism on Ukraine's European Union integration efforts with support from the URDC non-residential grant. His study explores how anti-Ukrainian sentiments within Eurosceptic movements in the EU can affect Ukraine’s accession process. Baykovskyy plans to conduct comparative research to understand the motives and impacts of Eurosceptic groups, aiming to counter their narratives through academic and journalistic publications and foster international collaborations.

Dr. Olena Moiseyenko (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy): Analyzing Rhetoric in Legal Arguments on International Crimes

Dr. Moiseyenko's project focuses on dissecting the language and rhetorical tactics used in international legal settings, particularly concerning crimes like genocide and war crimes. By examining case files from the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court, her work aims to enhance understanding of the linguistic intricacies that influence judicial outcomes on a global stage.

Dr. Olha Zakharova (Mariupol State University): Enhancing Economic Security Amid Global Challenges

Dr. Zakharova's URDC-supported research focuses on enhancing economic security in the context of current global challenges. She aims to develop methods for assessing economic security levels, identifying risks, and formulating protective strategies. This project is crucial for Ukraine's resilience and recovery, considering both internal reforms and external geopolitical pressures that affect the nation’s integration into global systems like the EU.

Dr. Iryna Vyshenska (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy): Managing Invasive Species in War-Damaged Forests

Dr. Vyshenska focuses her research on the sustainable management of forestry affected by military actions in Ukraine. Her project, supported by a URDC non-residential grant, addresses the challenges of invasive tree species in reforestation efforts. By comparing the growth and resilience of native versus introduced species, her work aims to promote native biodiversity and ecosystem services, crucial for the restoration of Ukraine's three million hectares of war-damaged forests.