Fulbright-PIASt Paderewski Research Excellence Award
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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.
The name of the Award (Fulbright-PIASt Paderewski Research Excellence Award) commemorates a Polish artist and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), who as a pianist toured the United States over thirty times, and actively supported the independence of Poland. In 1919, Paderewski became the first head of government of the recreated Polish state.
The Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) offer innovative research grants in the humanities and social sciences. Grantees will take part in a fellowship program at PIASt, which aims to gather researchers from all regions of the world to pursue self-directed work in a multi-disciplinary learning community. In addition to independent research, grantees will participate in seminars and roundtable luncheons at PIASt, which will provide opportunities to exchange ideas among the current fellows.
The award is dedicated to researchers in the humanities and social sciences who are looking for a stimulating scientific environment to conduct their research while freed of their regular teaching and administrative duties. Innovative research projects are welcome. The host institution is open to a variety of research methods, including theory, analyses of original sources, and analyses of large secondary data sets.
Grantees will be part of a fellowship program at PIASt, dedicated to outstanding researchers from all regions of the world, who want to pursue self-directed work in fine research conditions. They will form a small but stimulating community, which will benefit from its multi-disciplinary composition and will allow for a free exchange of ideas and opinions in the spirit of cross-disciplinary dialogue.
The earliest grant start date is October 2023. The grant should be completed by the end of July 2024 at the latest.
The award is dedicated to researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
Awards are offered to scholars active in the fields of humanities and social sciences but projects where these disciplines interface with life and exact sciences are also welcome. The award is offered to outstanding researchers who want to pursue self-directed work in fine research conditions.
Applications are welcome from leading senior researchers of high scientific standing at international level with the potential to build ties and collaborate with research institutions and individual researchers in Poland. Applicants shall be able to present in the application form their former achievements on the international stage, demonstrated by high quality publications.
The Polish Institute of Advanced Studies PIASt is an independent research center located in Warsaw.
It was launched on 2nd January 2017 within the structure of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It aims to support advances in knowledge and research innovation and to contribute to the promotion of scientific development in Poland, with the ambition to complement the national institutional and scientific landscape. The Institute focuses on a wide diversity of disciplines within Humanities and Social Sciences, while being also open to cross-cutting projects with an interdisciplinary perspective, thus creating a multidisciplinary and international learning community for these disciplines.
The objective of PIASt is to promote scientific and intellectual exchange and create an international and multidisciplinary learning community of researchers who jointly reflect on and develop ideas in the given academic year. Prospective fellows, released from their usual teaching obligations and administrative activities, will pursue their projects in an environment that fosters reflection and innovation. They will benefit from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of scholars.
PIASt contributes to scientific outreach by promoting various activities (e.g. guest lectures and open seminars) to ensure that the knowledge produced impacts not only the scholarly communities but also the public and private sector as well as civil society organizations (e.g. cultural centers) and media.
PIASt fosters intergenerational scientific dialogue by creating annual groups of fellows as multidisciplinary research communities, involving both senior scholars (2/3) and postdoctoral scholars (1/3).
PIASt is a proud member of the Network of European Institutes of Advanced Study (NetIAS).
For further information you may also contact the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission's Senior Program Officer, Ms. Paulina Kubylis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Academics: $4,000
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. The stipend will be paid partly by the Commission and partly by the PIASt.
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 theyaccompany 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.
Estimated housing costs
Monthly rent for a studio flat: $611 - $1100
Monthly rent for a furnished flat for two people: $1200 - $2000
Monthly payment for fixed Internet access: $12.20 - $24.20
Day to day expenses
Dinner for two persons (mid-range restaurant, three courses): $36.70 - $61.50
Dinner for one person (inexpensive): $6.10 - $13.50
Fast food: $5.35 - $6.30
Cinema ticket (International release): $7.35 - $13.40
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult: $24.40 - $53.70
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.98 - $.1.08
Monthly pass (regular price):$26.90-$34.20
Taxi start and 5 km (Normal Tariff): $6.5-$8
In addition to stipend and benefits PIASt provides housing for the whole grant period.
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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