Supports for students and employees impacted by the invasion of Ukraine
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SUPPORT FOR Students
Deferrals or extensions
If you would like to discuss academic accommodations, such as deferrals or extensions, please contact your instructor or an advisor in your faculty as soon as possible. The team at the Virtual Advising Help Centre is also available to help and welcomes inquiries via chat, online submissions and scheduled video meeting appointments.
There are a number of financial aid and support options available to students in need of emergency financial support. If you have questions about the financial support the university can offer you at this time, please connect directly with Jane Lastra, Associate Registrar and Director, Financial Aid and Awards. This includes emergency bursary support, the student foodbank, Canadian government student loans, etc.
UM Emergency Bursaries
The University of Manitoba emergency bursary program provides short-term assistance to students who experience unexpected and immediate financial expenses or constraints. This includes, but is not limited to, unanticipated personal living costs, unexpected delays in government loans and other award funding.
UMSU Hardship Fund
The UMSU Hardship Fund is a financial assistance program run through the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. This fund was established to aid UMSU members who have exhausted all other resources and options available to them. Students can use this funding for needs such as grocery and rent assistance, small medical costs, school supplies and textbooks, childcare and other day to day essential costs.
The Hardship Fund cannot be used to pay student tuition or purchase technology like laptops or cell phones.
All applications are kept strictly confidential. Once a student submits their fund application, the UMSU Vice-President Student Life will review the information provided and be in contact within 2-3 business days.
Find services, resources and information for UM students impacted by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Student Counselling Centre
The Student Counselling Centre is offering a new service called Single Session Therapy which allows students to connect for a one-time counselling session quickly and efficiently. They will continue to offer intake appointments for ongoing counselling.
Services are confidential and free for UM students. Please call 204-474-8592 to set up an appointment, or visit the Student Counselling Centre website for more information on the services they provide, as well as links to additional crisis resources. You can also follow them on Instagram to find out about other workshops and services they offer.
Spiritual Care offers several services including spiritual care providers, chaplains and Elders who are ready to meet with any student who would like to connect one-on-one. Among their team is Fr. Roman, who is both a dean and acting principal at St. Andrew’s College and also the Ukrainian Orthodox chaplain. Visit the Spiritual Care website to learn more about the resources they provide.
International Student Advisors
Support for Prospective students
The University of Manitoba offers many opportunities for undergraduate international students from high school or transferring from other post-secondary institutions to study. Students who had their studies impacted by the war in Ukraine are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com to discuss their personal situation and opportunities available for studying at the UM.
All application fees will be waived for undergraduate and graduate students from Ukraine who are applying to UM for Fall 2022.
The university has also committed to providing the following funding for students:
- Up to ten, 4-month long research experience internships at up to $7,000 ea.,
- Up to ten, 2-term awards of up to $36,000 each for tuition and compulsory fees, books and supplies, and optional accommodation in residence/meal plan for international students who are Ukrainian citizens admitted to UM and registered as full-time students for Fall 2022-2023. (Wrap-around supports* provided, with UM Emergency Bursaries available for eligible living expenses if not staying in residence).
* Wrap-around supports include: academic advising, peer-to-peer matching program, career planning and related supports, work-study placement, academic learning centre programs and one-to-one tutoring, off-campus housing support if required.
Interested undergraduate students should apply to the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Bursary for Displaced Ukrainian Citizens by filling out this form (PDF).
- Up to ten, 4-month long research experience internships at up to $7,500 ea.
- Up to ten, 1-year stipends of up to $25,000 each for graduate students
- Researchers will cover the stipend from their research grants for the remainder duration of the program of the students
Prospective graduate students from Ukraine who have missed the application deadline should contact graduate admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Incoming academics and scholars
UM has joined the Scholars at Risk network. As a member of Scholars at Risk, UM is pledging:
- Up to twenty, 1-year academic stipends for research and/or teaching at up to $50,000 each ($1.0M total) with costs being split evenly between a faculty/school/college and central administration.
Ukrainian scholars interested in applying should email email@example.com Inquiries will be directed to the appropriate faculty/school/college.
Application process flow
- Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org from interested scholars will be directed to the appropriate faculty/school/college.
- Academic units on the receiving end of inquiries should invite potential scholars to speak to their department – to give an online talk or participate in an interview/small group meeting to assess academic fit and/or feasibility within the academic unit.
- The academic unit should connect with their HR consultant as early in the inquiry process as possible. HR will be able to assist in sorting out any classification, immigration and payroll issues that may arise.
- Stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
University of Manitoba Emergency Bursaries fund
We are asking our UM community – our alumni and friends – to support the University of Manitoba Emergency Bursaries fund if they are able.
Support for Staff and faculty
UM response to current sanctions
UM currently has no agreements in place under which any payments are being made to vendors or third parties in Russia.
Upon review, we have confirmed that no endowment funds were invested in Russian companies.
UM has reviewed all activities and is no longer associated with any transfer of funds to Russia. UM has divested the part of our pension program (0.03 per cent) that was invested in Russian companies.