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.


The William and Mary Kostash award is presented every second year to students and independent producers whose work in film, video or new media examines Ukrainian Canadian identity in the 21st century in local and global contexts. This award is open to general public.

William and Mary Kostash Award Information Sheet


Congratulations to our 2022 award winners!

$500 Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts Award

Kappella Kyrie Slavic Chamber Choir

$1,000 Roman Soltykewych Music Scholarship

Olga Zaitseva-Herz

$500 Serge Eremenko Music Award

Olga Zaitseva-Herz

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. Dmytro Mazin, chair/instructor of English and literature, English Language Department at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine

“The War in Ukraine in Global Public and Media Discourses: Language, Memory, Perception.”

The research goal is to identify the impact of the war in Ukraine on changing public and media discourses by exploring the involved linguistic and rhetoric strategies based on intertextual allusions and collective memory.

Dr. Dmytro Sherengovsky, senior lecturer at Political Science Department and Dr. Artsiom Sidarchuk, lecturer in International Relations, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

“Hegemony as a conceptual ‘mirror’ of power: a case of the Russo-Ukrainian War.”

The research approaches the Russo-Ukrainian War and the corresponding power problematique through the conceptual lenses of hegemony. This project follows a top-down research logic, where the pre-existing IR understandings of hegemony act as a heuristic tool for approaching the war and international power dynamics associated with it.

Dr. Oleksandr Kashchuk, Sociology instructor at the Department of Theology, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

“Ukrainian Identity as a Threat for Russian Ideology of Power: Medieval and Modern roots of collision.”

The purpose of the proposed project is to explore the origins of Ukrainian and Russian ideologies of power and to describe their specificity and their influence on formation of identity. The military invasion initiated by Russia against Ukraine appears to have not only political but also, and may be predominantly, ideological background. In the past two decades the Kremlin has revived the ideology built on rejection of model of identity based on the liberty of the individual.

Dr. Danylo Sudyn, associate professor, Sociology Department, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

“Early 20th century Ukrainian Sociology: Unrealized Project of Alternative Sociological Ontology and Epistemology.”

Research project is focused on studying works of three key figures in Ukrainian sociology during 1900s – 1930s: Bohdan Kistiakovsky, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Olgerd Bochkovsky. Being representatives or members of stateless nation, they were very sensitive to questions of human rights, relations between individual and collective, or state and society. In theoretical dimension they offer a view on sociological ontology, different from contemporary sociological ideas of Western sociologists, such as Georg Simmel, Max Weber, and Emile Dukrheim. The three questions of this research are: 1)are Ukrainian sociologists of early 20th century offering alternative visions on sociological ontology and epistemology, which could be useful for 21st century sociology? 2) are they offering sociology programs, which reestablish core concepts of sociology and relations between them? 3) are their theories, conceptions, and ideas offering better research tool or perspective in studying non-Western societies, than Western sociological theory?

Dr. Larysa Chovnyuk, Head of International Office / Vice-President for Foreign Cooperation, National University of Kyiv–Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine

“European and Global Response on the Full-Scale Invasion on Ukraine in the Sphere of Education and its Immediate Impact on the Teaching and Learning Practices and Policies of the Ukrainian Universities (on the example of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy).”

The research will focus on the main types and forms of the international support to the Ukrainian students / staff, as well as Ukrainian HEIs after the full-scale invasion on Ukraine; possible role and impact on these initiatives on functioning of the Ukrainian HEIs. National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, NaUKMA, located in Kyiv, Ukraine, will be used for the 1st stage of the research, while other universities will be included into this research on the later stages. The author will consider the immediate consequences (short- and mid-term term effects) of the international support to the UA HE system, as well as changes in the strategic planning (expected long-term effects) of the UA HEIs.

Dr. Yakiv Tsvietinskyi, senior lecturer at Jazz and Popular Music Department, M. Lysenko Lviv National Academy of Music, Lviv, Ukraine

“Institute of Improvisational Music (IIM). A project is an aspiration to modernise Ukrainian music education and make it more accessible.”

The IIM project is an aspiration to modernise Ukrainian music education and make it more accessible. The first and most important step of the IIM is to create an accessible educational base that would help teachers and students learn the basics of improvisational music on their own. Another area of work is holding lectures, master classes, and concerts in various cities in Ukraine. Such events and materials will serve as an impetus for the development of improvisational education, which is very necessary for Ukrainian culture and its integration into the international community.