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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Teach courses and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, assist with curriculum development, offer seminars or workshops and/or conduct research and other activities, as requested.
Any appropriate institution at a higher education institution, research institute, Polish Academy of Science unit, international scientific institute or other scientific unit based in Poland.
Awards are offered for 3 to 10 months for research projects and for 4 to 10 months (a semester or an academic year) for teaching and teaching/research projects.
Note on research activities: October marks the beginning of the academic year. Research activities are typically expected to start in September or October.
Note on teaching activities: October marks the beginning of the academic year, so teaching activities for the fall semester are typically expected to start in October. The spring semester typically lasts from February to June, and it may be possible to agree with the host institution on dates from mid-February to mid-June comprising a 4-month period. A 4.5-months period, as a one of the award length options, applies only to teaching and teaching/research grants, to be determined by the host university schedule.
Note on teaching/research activities: Candidates can choose the percentage breakdown between teaching and research.
Candidates may apply for a Flex award which allows for two or three visits to Poland over the course of the given academic year and the total length of the grant is a minimum of three months. For Flex awards the Commission covers the cost of one return flight ticket; financial support from the host institution is needed to cover the remaining travel costs.
Candidates who choose to apply for a Flex award should secure a letter of invitation which outlines each leg of the visit as well as the host institution’s assurance of covering the travel costs for legs two through three. Additionally, in the project statement, candidates should briefly elaborate on the grant activities that will take place during each leg of the project (including a proposed time frame for each visit). Summer segments are allowed.
The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over two or three short segments. Applicants must select Flex in the application form, and clearly describe their plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.
All teaching will be in English.
For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. Applicants without local language proficiency must demonstrate project feasibility in the project statement.
Additional language study would facilitate contacts with professionals at the host institution and would enable deeper engagement within the community and general well-being in the host country. We also recommend that candidates familiarize themselves with the culture of the host region. Therefore, prior language study is highly recommended.
Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required from candidates at the time of application.
The Commission strives for diversity in the applicant and grantee pool. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status and physical or mental ability.
Tips on how to strengthen your application:
- establish contact and secure an invitation letter from a host institution in Poland. Justification should be provided if the letter is missing.
- clearly describe what and how you plan to accomplish, as well as why at the selected host institution/in Poland
- what will be the impact of the project on your future plans, host/home institution or the field in general
For further information you may contact the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission's Senior Program Officer, Ms. Paulina Kubylis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$2,900 - Those pursuing research awards regardless of their career stage.
$3,300 - Those pursuing teaching or teaching/research awards if they are at the level of Assistant Professor or below.
$4,000 - Those pursuing teaching or teaching/research awards if they are at the level of Associate or Full professor.
Grant benefits are disbursed in PLN based on the average USD/PLN exchange rate, as specified in the Terms and Conditions of the Award. Amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
Travel Allowance: $1,500
Relocation Allowance: $800
Conference /Research / Book Allowance: $150
Travel Allowance: $1,500 (per person), a one-time payment for dependent family members, provided that they accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and were listed as dependents at the time of application.
Dependent Allowance: $250 (per person), a monthly allowance for dependent family members, provided that they accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and were listed as dependents at the time of application.
Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.
Poland is a price-diverse country, and prices of some services or products may be higher in larger cities. This applies to rent as well as prices in restaurants, public transport. Cost of living in Poland is, on average, 39% lower than in United States. Rent in Poland is, on average, 54.4% lower than in United States.
Estimated housing costs
Monthly rent for a studio flat: $390 - $930
Monthly rent for a furnished flat for two people: $610 - $1800
Monthly payment for fixed Internet access: $10.00 - $22.00
Day to day expenses
Dinner for two persons (mid-range restaurant, three courses): $19.55 - $61.50
Dinner for one person (inexpensive): $3.60 - $12.20
Fast food: $4.90 - $6.60
Cinema ticket (International release): $4.90 - $10.40
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult: $17.10 - $46.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.50 - $1.47
Monthly pass (regular price): $21.50 - $37.70
Taxi start and 5 km (Normal Tariff): $4 - $7.80
In-country private Medical Care Package
Enrichment opportunities: In-country orientation, mid-year meeting, language-learning opportunities, Inter-country travel grant
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
Apply for a Fulbright grant to Poland - a modern country with a centuries-old cultural heritage and scholarly tradition, ample research and teaching opportunities, rich geographical diversity, low living costs and unique location in the heart of Europe!
With its picturesque old towns and medieval architecture, wild forests and powdery-sand beaches, humming city life and imaginative culinary scene, Poland is a country that is as captivating as it is surprising. Come and see for yourself!
Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe and the 6th most populous member of the European Union. The country shares borders with Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia. Poland’s central location makes it a perfect base from which to explore the region. While living standards are comparable with those in Western European countries, the cost of living in Poland, even in bigger cities, is significantly lower (More information here).
Prior to your Fulbright grant, Fulbright Poland will invite you to a three day long Orientation in Warsaw, which typically covers topics such as the Polish culture and language, higher education, healthcare system and the specifics of your grant. Down the road you will have ample opportunities to bond and network with your fellow Fulbrighters and the Fulbright staff at events such as the Thanksgiving dinner, the November touch-base meeting, the Mid-Year meeting and the June Graduation. You will also have a chance to collaborate with experts from and beyond your host institution, as scholars may be invited to give occasional lectures in Poland and in other European countries participating in the Inter-Country Travel Program. Finally, throughout your grant period, you will have a dedicated Program Officer, who will oversee your stay in Poland.
In the words of one of our most recent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni: "Get ready to fall in love with this place. I’m serious. This is a wonderful country, wonderful people. Get ready for your expectations to be exceeded.”
Higher education and research institutions in Poland
Poland boasts about 350 diverse higher education institutions. These include universities, technical, agricultural, theological and pedagogical higher education institutions, medical universities, academies of physical education as well as higher education institutions of economics, arts and maritime studies. Polish higher education institutions provide a wide choice of 1st cycle, 2nd cycle and 3rd cycle studies as well as uniform long-cycle master’s programs, with about 900 programs offered in English.
Poland follows the Bologna framework of higher education, with a goal to facilitate comparability of qualifications and, as a result, student and academic mobility to and from other European countries. The quality of education and research offered at Polish higher education institutions is widely recognized and reflected in a growing number of international students representing over 170 countries.
Over the recent years, the number of R&D institutions in Poland has grown by over 60%. Currently, there are ca. 120 public research institutes and laboratories, and 79 establishments of the Polish Academy of Sciences, an independent state research institution with units all across the country. With the goal to enhance Poland’s commercial potential, research institutes have recently established “The Łukasiewicz Research Network", Europe's 3rd largest research network (source: Euraxess).
Currently there are three national funding agencies in Poland that support research activities and academic mobility - The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), the National Science Center (NCN) and the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR).
The recent “Constitution for Science” reform aims to further improve the conditions for research and teaching excellence in Poland, encouraging sustainable growth of academic institutions, introducing doctoral schools and providing universities with more independence needed for effective management.
Basic information about the academic year in Poland
The fall semester (called winter semester in Poland) runs from the beginning of October through mid-February, with a Christmas holiday break of about ten days. The examination session typically takes place in January and February.
The spring semester (called the summer semester in Poland) runs from mid-February through June, with a week-long Easter-break. The summer break takes place between July and August.
About the Fulbright Program in Poland
In Poland the Fulbright Program was initiated in 1959, at the height of the Cold War. Poland was the first country in Eastern and Central Europe to participate in the Fulbright Program and to this day remains one of the largest and most vigorous in the region. Approximately 5000 American and Polish alumni have benefited from the program since its inception. Over 100 grants are currently awarded each year by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission to both American and Polish grantees. We offer approximately 15 U.S. Scholar grants in the research, teaching and distinguished scholar categories.
Applicants are encouraged to view the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission's website for current information about program offerings, recent initiatives and program alumni. For any additional information, please contact the Commission's Program Officers.
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"I had an amazing experience as a Fulbright Senior Scholar grantee to Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. It was a joy to work with my Polish students and colleagues, both in Poznań and through other connections that I made. The Polish Fulbright Commission couldn’t have been more helpful and supportive in my acclimation; I truly felt like I had a network of people who cared about my experience and made me feel at home. One of the best experiences of my life and career".
Professor of Theatre and Coordinator of Actor Training
School of Theatre and Dance
San Francisco State University
"Being a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Warsaw was a transformative experience where the scientific and cultural exchange continues to be an important part of my life. Poland is a beautiful, interesting country and living there made it possible to learn about its many facets, from its well-known music and theater to its national parks, in addition to gaining insight into its complex history".
Ph.D. Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Scripps College
Professor of Biology
W.M. Keck Science Department
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges
"Being deeply moved by the number of students whose research interests centered on some aspect of American and more specifically African American culture, my fondness for Polish culture, and by my success as a lecturer and performer got me interested in extending my Fulbright Award through the 2013-2014 academic year".
Stan L. Breckenridge
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