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Announcement of Names of Laureates of Ivan Franko International Prize

I A meeting of the Jury of the Ivan Franko International Prize took place at the Institute for Slavic Studies of the University of Vienna on Saturday, June 24, 2017, during which this year’s Laureates were determined.


The Professor of the Vienna University Michael Moser has won in the nomination “For significant achievements in the field of Ukrainian Studies.” His monograph “New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language” (2016) has been recognized the best in this nomination.

As the reviewer of monograph Polish Professor Roman Mnykh has noted, this research paper of Professor Michael Moser is highly significant for uplifting an image of the Ukrainian language, and the author itself may be named a some kind of an attorney-at-law for the Ukrainian society in the world, “the monograph represents a wide variety of the Ukrainian language from the beginning of the Kyivan Rus to linguistic and political discussions of present.”


Academician Oleh Shabliy with his scientific paper “Social Geography” has been recognized the Laureate in the nomination “For significant achievements in the field of Social and Humanitarian Sciences.” As the reviewer Prof. O. Topchiev emphasized, “This monograph reflects the methodological changes towards the Ukrainian social geography as a scientific discipline, and its consistent integration into the world geographic science.”


Summarising the meeting, Director of the Ivan Franko International Fund Ihor Kurus has greatly acknowledged the members of the international Jury for their fruitful work, and, as well, for their deciding the uncontested Laureates of the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2017.

Let us mention that 12 scientists from the universities of Ukraine, Austria, Poland and the United Stated of America have been the members of this year’s international Jury.

The winners of the Ivan Franko International Prize will receive the monetary reward and a golden badge of the Laureate.

The Laureate award ceremony of the Ivan Franko International Prize will take place on the motherland of I. Franko in Drohobych in Lviv region on August 27, 2017.

Within six months after being awarded the Prize, the Prize winner shall deliver a lecture – a popular presentation of the contents of the research paper, which was awarded the Prize – in I. Franko Drohobych State Pedagogical University, I. Franko Lviv National University, T. Shevchenko Kyiv National University and Yu. Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.

Let us remind that  Ivan Franko International Prize was established by the International Fund, which was created in June 2015 at the initiative of the grandson of the Great Kamenyar – Roland Franko.

The first winner of the Prize in 2016, i.e., became Archbishop-Emeritus and of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal of the Catholic Church His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar in nomination “For significant personal contribution to the development of social and humanitarian sciences” for the monograph “Andrey Sheptytsky Galician Metropolitan (1901-1944), a forerunner of ecumenism”.

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