Arlington, VA—The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to announce a new grant to the Center for Governance and Markets (CGM) at the University of Pittsburgh for their collaborative work in supporting Ukrainian scholars. The grant is part of the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange within Mercatus, which seeks to foster liberal pluralism and support the institutions that sustain pluralist values.
Through the Ukrainian Global University, a recently launched scholarly and humanitarian initiative made up of organizations around the world, CGM will provide research stipends to support a variety of ongoing or ready to launch projects in Ukraine, including wartime research and activities.
“Ukraine’s national resilience—and the speed and success of reconstruction—will ultimately depend on the institutional capacities of domestic organizations,” said Rabih Helou, Executive Director of CGM. “Ukrainian universities are essential to preserving and building local capacity and uniquely positioned to contribute the expertise needed for reconstruction. By creating, preserving, and transmitting knowledge, universities in Ukraine, as in other countries, build the nation’s skills base—the essential human capital underlying society, culture, and the economy.”
“Fostering pluralism requires building and preserving the institutions that sustain the ability for people to pursue knowledge and different frameworks for understanding the world, challenge orthodoxies, and develop new ideas,” said Benjamin Klutsey, Director of the Mercatus Center’s Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange. “There’s no institution that represents the ethos of pluralism as substantially as the university. We’re thrilled that this grant will enable CGM to work with institutions within Ukraine and across Europe to support learners and researchers from Ukraine.”
More information about the Center for Governance and Markets is available here, and more information about the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange, including the programs current call for proposals, is available here.