Generous Response to Ukraine Call

TAU supporters swiftly pledge donations to TAU's Ukrainian emergency fellowship drive as hundreds of refugee students apply
14 March 2022

In the light of the escalating humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, TAU announced today that it is upping the goal for its recently announced “Emergency Fellowship Fund for Ukrainian Graduate Students” to one million dollars. 


The increase was made possible by the amazing kindness of TAU supporters, who pledged $700,000 to the cause within days of the Fund’s launch.


“The response by our TAU friends around the world has been heartwarming. These donors came to our side to support this important initiative,” said TAU President Ariel Porat. “The Fund is already making a difference: About 15 young Ukrainian researchers are set to arrive at TAU in the coming days, while another 150 have applied,” he said.


Two generous donations were pledged by members of the Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University.


Within minutes of the Fund’s launch, David Baazov of Montreal contributed a major lead gift in the memory of his late father – The Joseph Baazov (z"l) Derech Eretz Fund. He expressed hope that his quick decision would inspire others to follow suit.








TAU Honorary Doctor, Governor and Global Campaign Cabinet Member Miles S. Nadal of Toronto, a longtime benefactor of   the University, made a large gift. 








Vlad and Sana Shmunis of the San-Francisco Bay Area, the founders of a leading cloud-based communication  company RingCentral and TAU Governors, gave a sizeable challenge grant hoping to encourage other donors to make up the remaining funds toward the drive’s million-dollar goal.






TAU is very grateful for these timely contributions, which will allow the University to provide immediate refuge and assistance to a much higher number of young Ukrainian researchers, as well as to undergraduate students and academic faculty members should the need arise in the coming months. They will be able to continue their academic studies and research that was violently halted by the unfolding crisis.


For more information about the Fund please see:


To donate, please reach out to or contact your TAU Friends Association.


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