Vilnius University campaign to support Belarusian students and scientists persecuted by Lukashenko’s regime

Vilnius University campaign to support Belarusian students and scientists persecuted by Lukashenko’s regime

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Vilnius University (VU), together with the Vilnius University Foundation, has started a fundraising campaign to give access to studies for a larger number of Belarusian citizens to study and is ready to accept scientists persecuted by the regime. The campaign is launched in response to the intensifying Belarusian authorities’ repression against the country’s academic community, with large numbers of students, teachers and researchers being massively expelled from universities for their civic or political activities.

Until now, in response to the ongoing political disturbance in the neighbouring country, VU has received about 90 Belarusian citizens. About 50 of them are now studying for a bachelor’s degree, the rest – for a master’s degree.

Some Belarusian students of VU were awarded scholarships of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and exempted from tuition fees, with the most talented students entitled to additional incentives – a monthly scholarship of 200 euros to support them in the first year of studies. Businesses are also contributing to the fund established to finance scholarships of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and part of the financing will be covered by the state.

VU Rector Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas says that a common history linking the two countries and solidarity with the Belarussian society obligates VU to help Belarusian citizens, emphasizing that the repression applied by the political regime should not become an obstacle for Belarusians to pursue education and develop their skills in the academic environment.

„We cannot be unresponsive to processes going in Belarus, especially as the situation shows no signs of improvement. So far, we have made every effort to support the Belarusian academic community, and we invite our alumni and all organizations and citizens who are concerned about the situation in Belarus to mobilize their efforts for more active support. Our support today can become the basis for the liberation of the neighbouring nation. So, it is a kind of investment in the future security of our state,” points out Mr Petrauskas.

VU presented a “one-stop-shop” procedure that will allow students expelled from Belarusian universities to continue their studies at VU if they meet the requirements set by VU. More information on this can be found here here.


Funds for this project can also be transferred to a special bank account.
Beneficiary: Support Vilnius University Foundation
Account No: LT917300010165603996
Bank: AB „Swedbank“


Contact person:

Contact person:
Ervinas Spūdys
Head of Communication and Marketing Department
+370 628 81527

Project sponsors

Companies / organizations

Natural persons

  • Elena Leontjeva
  • Artūras Berezniakovas
  • Viktorija Vilkė
  • Živilė Monika Lazauskienė
  • Kristina Banytė
  • Kristina Bajorienė
  • Gediminas Rimša
  • Rimvydas Petrauskas
  • Mindaugas Mačiulaitis
  • Tomas Arvasevičius
  • Mindaugas Šulskus
  • Diana Gancevskaitė
  • Viktorija Baikauskaitė
  • Judita Barkauskienė
  • Monika Vasytė
  • Justina Bačiulienė
  • Ausrine Dambrauskaite
  • Andrej Kosiakov
  • Robertas Sapronas
  • Daina Vaidachavičienė
  • Beatričė Juškaitė
  • Andrej Didenko
  • Audrius Slažinskas
  • Vytautas Nekrošius
  • Rosita Lukševičiūtė
  • Aleksas Likas
  • Lina Lina Mikaloniene
  • Diana Šileikaitė-Kaishauri
  • Artur Lastovskij
  • Alina Lesnickaja
  • Paulius Kavaliauskas
  • Vytis Martinaitis
  • Marius Lazauskas
  • Artūras Malysis
  • Albertas Lakštauskas
  • Laura Sukyte-Eickmeyer
  • Mindaugas Mažeikis
  • Ieva Žvinakytė
  • Dominyka Curukova
  • Ignas Urbonas
  • Nerijus Drochneris
  • Ramunė Tamašauskaitė
  • Sergej D.
  • Rytis Martinkėnas
  • Vilma Raslanaitė
  • Dalia Paškevičienė
  • Kristupas Tikuišis
  • Larisa Belinskaja
  • Edmunda Rudzevičienė
  • Jonas Kubilius
  • Lina Vyšniauskaitė
  • Justinas Noreika
  • Tomas Mačiulaitis
  • Arvydas Montrimas
  • Supported anonymously
  • Goda Šerelytė
  • Ieva Griniūtė-Tumelienė