The Dr Anna Berehulak Memorial Scholarship

The Scholarship is funded by the Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia Ltd. And the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, Monash University.

It is dedicated to the memory of Dr Anna Berehulak (1967-1999), a graduate of Monash University and the author of several publications on Ukrainian literature.

Its aim is to encourage students of Ukrainian literature in Australia to complete an Honours degree in Ukrainian Studies as a first step to graduate research in this discipline.


Anna Stephanie Berehulak was born in Sydney, the eldest child of Ihor and Valentyna Berehulak, Ukrainians who had come to Australia as immigrants after the Second World War. Active in the Ukrainian community, Anna Berehulak attended Ukrainian Saturday school, took the Higher School Certificate in Ukrainian language, was a member of Plast, the Ukrainian scouting organisation, and sang in the Volodymyr Ivasiuk musical ensemble. She was a member of the Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia and donated part of her savings to the cause of Ukrainian Studies in Australia. While enrolled at the University of Sydney, she took the Ukrainian Studies course at Macquarie University.

In 1987 Anna Berehulak came to Monash University in Melbourne to specialise in Ukrainian literature.  In 1989 she took her B.A. with First Class Honours in the departments of Slavic Studies and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies.  Her Honours thesis examined the treatment of landscape as a symbol of cultural displacement in the works of four contemporary women poets writing in Ukrainian outside Ukraine: Lidiia Daleka in Australia, Vira Vovk in Brazil, Emma Andiievs’ka in Germany, and Patricia Kylyna in the United States.

Anna Berehulak was awarded a Monash Graduate Scholarship and in 1995 completed her Ph.D. dissertation, “Colonial, Anti-Colonial and Post-Colonial Positions in the Ukrainian Historical Novel:  1934-1990.”  The degree was conferred in 1996.  The dissertation analysed Zinaida Tulub’s Liudolovy (Peoplehunters, 1934 and 1937), Roman Ivanychuk’s Mal’vy  (Hollyhocks, 1968), Pavlo Zahrebel’nyi’s Ia, Bohdan  (I, Bohdan, 1983)  and several novels by Valerii Shevchuk, including Try lystky za viknom  (Three Leaves Outside the Window, 1986). It studied the tension that is sometimes evident in literary works between compliance with an authoritarian political system and resistance to it. Anna Berehulak’s doctoral thesis and her six published articles and chapters mirrored her ethical concerns.  Her writing expressed solidarity with the weak, the subjected and the distressed: women, exiles, minorities, and victims of tyranny.

In 1993 Anna Berehulak was a Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at Monash University.  At Monash she met Paul Wilkins, whom she married in 1996. In 1990 Anna Berehulak became a founding member of the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia, joining its Committee in 1992.  In 1990 she attended, and spoke at, the First Congress of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies in Kyiv.

Anna Berehulak was diagnosed with lupus and died unexpectedly of this disease in 1999. Her premature death deprived Ukrainian Studies of a promising young scholar.


A maximum of one Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled for Honours or Combined Honours in the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies at Monash University.

The successful applicant for the Scholarship will complete an Honours thesis on a topic in Ukrainian literature or a related topic.

The value of the Scholarship will be $4000.

The Scholarship Certificate and a cheque to the value of the Scholarship will be presented at a suitable public occasion.


Each application will comprise:

  1. the applicant’s curriculum vitae;
  2. documentation showing results achieved by the applicant in his or her studies in all subjects, including Ukrainian Studies, at university;
  3. evidence of enrolment in Honours or Combined Honours in Ukrainian Studies at Monash University;
  4. a statement outlining the topic that the applicant proposes to research for his or her honours thesis. The statement should be prepared in both English and Ukrainian. Both texts may be up to 500 words in length.

Applications must be received by 31 January in any year at the following address:

Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
20 Chancellor’s Walk
Monash University, Victoria 3800

Selection Process

A committee comprising the director of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, one other member of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, and a person nominated by the Ukrainian Studies Foundation in Australia Ltd. will consider applications and announce the successful applicant. An award will be made only in the event that the preferred application is of sufficient merit.

Selection criteria will be the applicant’s academic record in Ukrainian Studies and overall, as well as the quality of the research proposal for the Honours thesis.


Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who are enrolled at Monash University for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Ukrainian Studies, or in a combined Honours degree program that includes Ukrainian Studies, are eligible to apply.