The objectives of the initiative “Ukrainian Research in Switzerland” (URIS) are to make a long-term contribution to furthering Ukraine expertise in Switzerland, to foster the next generation of scholars, and to contribute to the international networks of Switzerland-based university research on Ukraine.
URIS receives funding from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI). The initiative announces two “URIS fellowships” once a year. They are open to postdoctoral and senior scholars in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences whose research has the potential to make a substantial contribution to a better understanding of the history, society, politics and culture of Ukraine. The fellowship enables the recipient to spend six months researching at the University of Basel, which has established itself as a dynamic centre for research on Eastern Europe with strong international networks. URIS also maintains a database on Swiss Ukraine research and organises regular academic network events.