Emergency Fund for Belarusian Students

This initiative was supported by The New Democracy Fund through the Rapid Response Fund.

About the project

During their study years, Belarusian students of Belarusian higher education institutions are facing significant restrictions of administration limiting activities that do not correspond to the content of the official ideology. The crisis in the Belarusian education sector even deepened in 2020, both because of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as increased repressions of the regime after the Belarusian presidential election. The establishment of the European Humanities University Emergency Fund is an essential financial instrument to provide financial assistance for Belarusian students. Young people who are expressing their discontent with Belarusian authorities are facing various sanctions including restrictions on academic freedom or even expulsion from the university. This project provides financial assistance and support for Belarusian students transferring to European Humanities University from other Belarusian Universities.

About the organisation

European Humanities University was founded in Minsk in 1992 and designed after western-style universities with a focus on humanities and social sciences studies. The Belarusian regime led EHU to exile and re-establishment in Lithuania in 2006. Nevertheless, EHU keeps introducing democratic ideas to the youth of Belarus through research and study activities, which are focused on the development of civic education, broadening of human rights, freedom of speech, thought, and research.

Partner organisation

Danish Embassy of Lithuania.

Project details
Country Belarus
Thematic areas Youth, Culture, Climate
Funding Rapid Response Fund
Support 40,000 EUR
Time frame March 2021 – September 2022


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