The Maya Harbuzyuk Twinning Fellowship in Theatre Studies

This programme is established to honour the memory of Maya Harbuzyuk, late Dean of Ivan Franko’s Faculty of Culture and Arts, in order to strengthen the Birmingham-Lviv research collaborations that she initiated in theatre studies.


The ambition of the fellowship programme is to:

  • Stimulate academic collaborations between teaching and research staff at the Shakespeare Institute and the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham (UoB);
  • Support Ivan Franko’s (IFNUL) developing Masters programme, which will draw inspiration from UoB’s existing Masters programmes;
  • Contribute to practice-based research initiatives with staff and students to promote social and economic revival in Ukraine.


In 2023-24, academics in UoB’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts & Shakespeare Institute have been contributing online teaching on selected IFNUL modules and plan delivery of research seminars in 2024 (based on their current research projects) in the ‘Opening up Britain,’ programme. These virtual forums will provide the springboard to promote and develop fellowship proposals for IFNUL researchers to spend an extended period of time at Birmingham/Stratford. 


Academics and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from IFNUL with an interest in the field of Shakespeare research or general drama and theatre research are invited to submit a short application outlining the proposed research project to be conducted at Birmingham.

They will need to identity a suitable academic host from UoB’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts or Shakespeare Institute and be able to indicate how their visit will help to advance the stated aims of the twining fellowship programme, as outlined above. Relevant staff in each department and their research interests can be found here: Staff - Drama and Theatre Arts - University of Birmingham; Academic staff - Shakespeare Institute - University of Birmingham


Fellowships will be awarded for up to 3 months, with a £1.5K monthly allowance to cover living costs in Birmingham, plus a travel bursary of £1200 (in the current circumstances) for travel and visa costs based on the breakdown below.

Fellowships - breakdown of travel and visa costs

Monthly living stipend

£1,500 p.m.

Standard UK visitor visa


Bursary: Visa application centre


Transport Lviv to Birmingham




 The maximum funding available per fellowship is therefore £5,750 for 3-months.

How to apply

To apply for the fellowship, please complete the following forms by 23:59 (GMT) on Thursday 8 February 2024.

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Reference Form - this must be completed by the relevant person(s) and sent to by the deadline above. Please note, in order for an application to be considered, we must have received a completed reference form.

We aim to welcome our inaugural fellow in Spring/Summer 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Harina Basra at