The two will carry out research activities at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science until September. UniTrento made available ten mobility grants for incoming researchers who are unable to continue their studies in their country because of the war or of other risks. Ester Gallo, Rector's delegate for academic and international solidarity, invites everyone to participate in the fundraising so that the University can meet more requests
The first two mobility grants out of the ten made available by UniTrento for individuals who are unable to continue their studies in their country because of the war or other risks have been awarded to Viktoriia Apukhtina, (PhD Student in Speech Therapy at Zaporizhzhia National University) and Yevheniia Yakusheva (Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Kharkiv Aviation Institute). Until September, the two young Ukrainian academics, who had to give up their research activities in their home country, will be able to continue their work at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science. Viktoriia Apukhtina, PhD student, comes directly from Ukraine, while Yevheniia Yakusheva, researcher, has reached Italy from Poland, where she fled after Kharkiv University was destroyed.
These are the first grants awarded by the University of Trento as part of the actions in support of the people involved in the Ukraine/Russia conflict. UniTrento, in fact, had decided in March to support scholars from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus leaving their country because of the war with the award of six-month grants in addition to the initiatives organized within the Scholars at Risk-Sar project.
The Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science took action almost immediately to support the two scholars. They were welcomed by the Director of the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Jeroen Vaes, who delivered the grants and introduced them to the department staff and colleagues. The grants are offered thanks to the funds raised within the department and to funds provided by the University and Fondazione Caritro.
Ester Gallo, Rector's delegate for academic and international solidarity and head for the project, commented: "These two scholars had sent their CV, were interviewed by the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, and then invited to the University of Trento. Other Ukrainian scholars will soon join other academic departments of the University. We are pleased with the positive response of departments and centres and of the local community. We are promoting the fundraising campaign "UniTrento for Afghanistan and Ukraine" to support the arrival and inclusion of other scholars, also in view of the many requests we have received".
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