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The Ukraine Math and Science Achievement Fund supports talented Ukrainian students whose studies have been interrupted by the war.

Launched and funded by Citadel founder and CEO Ken Griffin, it builds on an earlier effort led by Dr. Ferenc Huszár, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Iryna Korshunova, a machine learning researcher, and a group of committed volunteers who have been providing the displaced Olympiad community from

Ukraine with financial support and educational resources since the war began in 2022.

After learning about this grassroots effort, Ken was inspired to amplify their work and further support top STEM students seeking to pursue their studies and maximize their potential.

In addition to assistance with the application process and undergraduate scholarships, we provide flexible funding that responds to students’ dynamic circumstances, as well as infrastructure gifts.

Such gifts include supporting student participation in Olympiads and other competitions, as well as providing tuition assistance and other funding to more than 50 Odessa Polytechnic University students whose parents are currently defending their country or have died in the war. We have also provided the university with funding to facilitate distance learning so that even the students who cannot make it to campus can continue their studies.


Bound by a shared commitment to ensuring that students impacted by the war in Ukraine can continue their education, our advisory committee and administrators work together to position the fund for maximum impact.

  • Mike Belinsky

    Advisory Committee Member Director, Schmidt Futures

  • Andrew Coy

    Advisory Committee Member CEO and President, Digital Harbor Foundation

  • Dr. Ferenc Huszar

    Advisory Committee Member Associate Professor, University of Cambridge

  • Sergei Kachura

    Director, Ukraine Math and Science Achievement Fund

  • Dr. Yulia Kravchenko

    Advisory Committee Member Quantitative Researcher, Xantium Group

  • Dr. Rita Monson

    Advisory Committee Member Research Associate, University of Cambridge

  • Dr. Andrii Petrashyk

    Advisory Committee Member Quantitative Researcher, Citadel Securities

  • Julia Quinn

    Advisory Committee Member Director of Philanthropy, Citadel

  • Anton Tsypko

    Advisory Committee Member Co-Founder and CTO, BLIX and President, Ukrainian Federation of Olympiad Programming

From Our Founder

Ukrainian students – including some of the brightest of their generation – have faced unimaginable hardship and have had their education and futures disrupted. The Ukraine Math and Science Achievement Fund aims to ensure that these brilliant students have the opportunity to realize their academic ambitions and leave their mark on the world.

Ken Griffin


We appreciate the commitment the following organizations have shown to our scholars.