Scientific Support Offers for Ukrainians: Determinants, Reasons and Consequences

27 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2024

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Michael E. Rose

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Katarina Jurikova

CIBIO, University of Trento; Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava

Marina Pelepets

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Olga Slivko

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Julia Yereshko

TUM School of Management,Technical University of Munich

Date Written: January 4, 2024

Abstract

In response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the global scientific community spontaneously initiated a range of support offers for displaced Ukrainian scientists. This study aims to assess the adequacy of these support mechanisms in meeting the specific needs of Ukrainian scientists. Utilizing a comprehensive survey of registered potential hosts for Ukrainian scientists, our research quantifies the demand for various support types, such as financial assistance, scholarships, and resource access, and explores the motivations behind these offers.

Our key findings reveal a higher demand for scholarships compared to other support types, and a high demand for offers related to the social sciences and humanities. Interestingly, no clear preference for support based on the host country emerged, indicating that immediate support and safety were prioritized over long-term career prospects. We speculate about the reasons behind the demand factors, such as preference for flexibility over long-term commitment, a higher share of social scientists and humanists among scientists able to leave, a higher share of English speakers among social scientists and humanists, and adverse funding shocks.

The implications of our research are significant for policymakers and academic institutions in designing effective support programs for scientists in crisis situations. The findings highlight the importance of flexible financial aid and a nuanced understanding of the varied needs within the scientific community. This study contributes to the academic discourse on the dynamics of academic support in geopolitical crises and underscores the necessity for a comprehensive, empathetic approach to aiding displaced scientists.

Keywords: Ukraine, science

JEL Classification: F22, O15, O3

Suggested Citation

Rose, Michael and Jurikova, Katarina and Pelepets, Marina and Slivko, Olga and Yereshko, Julia, Scientific Support Offers for Ukrainians: Determinants, Reasons and Consequences (January 4, 2024). Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 24-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4683969

Michael Rose (Contact Author)

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Katarina Jurikova

CIBIO, University of Trento ( email )

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Povo, Trentino 38123
Italy

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava ( email )

SK-84215 Bratislava
Slovakia

Marina Pelepets

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Olga Slivko

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University ( email )

RSM Erasmus University
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3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Julia Yereshko

TUM School of Management,Technical University of Munich ( email )

Arcisstrasse 21
Munchen, 80333
Germany

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