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General Information


The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) is a prominent centre of Ukrainian studies outside Ukraine and an integral part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Founded in 1976, it provides an institutional home for Ukrainian scholarship in Canada. CIUS is dedicated to the development of Ukrainian studies in Canada and supports such studies internationally.

How do we accomplish that?

CIUS consists of a number of centres, programs, and projects whose activities range from research to publishing, developing materials for Ukrainian-language education, organizing conferences, lectures, and seminar series, and awarding graduate and undergraduate scholarships and research grants. Our Institute also contributes to the Canadian government’s cooperation with Ukraine and to the cultural and educational development of community groups in Canada by providing specialists and resources for their activities.

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Research on Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian topics

The Peter Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research is publishing an English translation of Mykhailo Hrushevsky’s classic ten-volume History of Ukraine-Rus'. The Centre also sponsors conferences, issues an English-language monograph series and a series of Ukrainian translations of Western historical works, prepares documentary publications, and offers research grants to scholars. The Centre coordinates the activity of the Lviv-based Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Modern Ukrainian History and Society.


The Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre conducts and promotes scholarly research, organizes conferences, and encourages the preservation of archival materials in the field of Ukrainian Canadian studies. In addition to advising on media stories and film projects, it facilitates the publication of manuscripts on Ukrainian Canadian themes. The Centre is involved in various community outreach activities, such as hosting public lectures and issuing a quarterly newsletter, while the Diaspora Studies Initiative is dedicated to studying Ukrainian communities abroad and is working to nurture the establishment of Canadian studies in Ukraine.



The Research Program on Religion and Culture is devoted to the study of the sacral culture of Ukrainian churches in Ukraine and the diaspora, especially in Canada. The program is spearheading Sanctuary: The Spiritual Heritage Docu­men­tation Project, a major effort to record churches and other sacred monuments and artifacts in the three prairie provinces. The Program has a particular interest in the architecture, art, and music of the Ukrainian churches, and it is hosting a series of conferences on those topics. It maintains and develops the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Library, with its many unique items and documents.


The Stasiuk Program for the Study of Contemporary Ukraine conduct research projects and provides current analysis of events in Ukraine for the scholarly community, government, media, and the general public. This includes hosting a blog at, an  information centre, and an archive on twentieth-century Ukraine. The Program also hosts visiting scholars and lecturers and provide research assistantships for graduate students.



The Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine supports Ukrainian studies and the national revival in eastern Ukraine. It established the Kowalsky Eastern Ukrainian Institute at Kharkiv University in 1999 to direct and coordinate work and activities there. The Program gives grants to scholars, sponsors seminars, and supports museum development and publications, including the journal Схід-Захід (East-West). In 2003 the Kowalsky Institute established a branch in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, that is active in publishing and fieldwork, including the compiling and publication of oral history sources. Since 2001 the Kowalsky Program has been the main sponsor of the Baturyn Archaeological Project in Ukraine.


The Danylo Struk Program in Ukrainian Literature promotes Ukrainian literature in the English-speaking world. It sponsors research, writing, and translation, promotes access to texts through print and electronic publications, and organizes public lectures and readings. The Program supports the annual Danylo Husar Struk Memorial Lecture and has initiated a project to publish English translations of scholarly essays on Ukrainian literature.

New Research and Educational Initiatives


In 2012 CIUS initiated the establishment of two new units: the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) and the Centre for Political and Regional Studies.


The Holodomor Research and Education Consortium’s main task is to research, study, publish, and disseminate information about the famine-genocide of 1932–33 in Ukraine, the Holodomor, ensuring that the Ukrainian experience receives greater recognition in society at large and that it is represented in the teaching of history and genocide. HREC draws on the resources of CIUS units and engages educators, scholars, and institutions in the West and Ukraine.


The Centre for Political and Regional Studies promotes research, primarily in political science and the social sciences generally, dealing with post-1991 Ukraine. The Centre encourages studies of present-day Ukraine that resonate with Canadian political experience, such as regionalism, national identity, personal and official bilingualism, and multiculturalism.



CIUS Press is a leading publisher of scholarly books about Ukraine and Ukrainians in Canada. Its primary focus is on new and original scholarship in English on Ukrainian history, language, and literature, Ukrainians in Canada, and contemporary Ukraine. CIUS Press also publishes English translations of Ukrainian scholarly monographs and fiction, as well as monographs in Ukrainian. It has issued over 175 books and more than 60 research reports.

The Journal of Ukrainian Studies, published semi-annually by CIUS since 1976, is the only scholarly serial in Canada devoted solely to Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian studies.


The Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine is the most comprehensive source of information on Ukraine, its history, people, geography, society, economy, diaspora, and cultural heritage in English. In addition to more than 20,000 articles prepared by leading specialists in a variety of fields, it will contain thousands of graphic and audio materials.

Materials for Ukrainian Language Education

The Ukrainian Language Education Centre (ULEC) was created to enable educators in Alberta cover to teach the Ukrainian language by providing them with locally developed materials. Through ULEC and in partnership with Alberta Education, CIUS develops print and digital learning resources, including the Nova: Ukrainian-Language Development Series, promotes the professional development of Ukrainian language teachers, and conducts research in the field.



Conferences, lectures, seminar series

CIUS organizes and cosponsors various international conferences, lectures, and seminar series in Ukrainian studies. Among the most prestigious of these are the annual Shevchenko Lecture, the Bohdan Bociurkiw Memorial Lecture, the Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Lecture, and the annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture. Seminar series are held in Edmonton and Toronto with the participation of prominent international scholars, as well as graduate students.

Awards, scholarships, and grants


Last year CIUS awarded scholarships, fellowships, and research grants to 27 under­graduate and 6 graduate students, as well as to 29 scholars working on Ukrainian or Ukrainian Canadian topics. These include recipients of such pres­tigious awards as the Marusia and Michael Dorosh Master’s Fellowship, the Helen Darcovich Memorial Doctoral Fellowship, the Neporany Doctoral Fellow­ship, and the John Kolasky Memorial Fellowship, as well as numerous recipients of awards from CIUS endowment funds.




General inquiries should be addressed to the director of the Institute. To obtain a copy of the Institute’s newsletter, or any other information, please write or call:

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
430 Pembina Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Canada T6G 2H8

Tel.: (780) 492-2972

Fax: (780) 492-4967


Web site:

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Toronto Office
University of Toronto
256 McCaul Street , Rm. 308
Toronto , ON
Canada M5T 1W5

Tel.: (416) 978-6934

Fax: (416) 978-2672