Fulbright Scholar Award

Teaching East European and Eurasian Studies at the Centre for East European Studies, University of Warsaw


Application Deadline
Friday, September 15, 2023
Award Code
Activity Type
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
October 2024 or February 2025
Award Length
5 months or 10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
History (non- U.S.)
Literature (non- U.S.)
Political Science
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

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.

Award Activity

The award holder will be expected to teach one regular course for BA/MA “Eastern Studies” students per semester at the Centre for East European Studies University of Warsaw (CEES UW) and one general university lecture per semester open to all University of Warsaw students, as well as hold consultations with students. The scholar will be encouraged to participate in conferences and academic events organized at CEES UW as well as participate in collaborative research with CEES scholars.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Award Length and Period

Award is offered for either 5 or 10 months - that is, for a semester or an academic year. One-semester grants last either from mid-September through mid-February or from the beginning of February until the end of June; two-semester grants begin only in mid-September. Candidates are encouraged to apply for two semesters.

Areas of Interest

History of the East European and Eurasian region (preferably XX and XXI cc.)

Political science (East European and Eurasian region)

Geopolitics and foreign relations (East European and Eurasian region)

Economic, social, military problems (East European and Eurasian region)

Cultural, confessional, nationality problems (East European and Eurasian region)

Transformation after communism – political, social and economic aspects

Post-communist countries' relations with the US

Special Features

A Teaching Assistant will support the scholar with teaching activities.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation should not be sought.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English. 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.

Additional Qualification Information

This award is intended for mid-career and senior scholars with an excellent record of publications in their respective fields and significant teaching experience.

Additional Comments

UW's Centre for East European Studies was created in 1990. Its first activity was the East European Summer School, which has been running since 1992.

A significant part of the Centre’s activity is dedicated to academic conferences dealing with the most important issues in the region. The most important are: Warsaw East European Conference, St. Grigol Peradze Caucasus Sessions and Promethean Conference. The Centre – either independently or in cooperation with others – publishes: “Obóz”, “Przegląd Wschodni”, “Pro Georgia”, “Nowy Prometeusz”, “Warsaw East European Review”, “Rocznik Centrum Studiów Białoruskich“, “Bielaruskij Istorycznyj Ahliad” and “Polskii Studii“. It also edits the Internet publication “BIS” – the Centre’s information bulletin dedicated to “Eastern issues”.

In addition, the Centre coordinates numerous scholarship programs, for example: Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Program and Scholarship Program for Young Scholars. Since 2006, the Caucasus Bureau has been functioning at the Tbilisi State University within the framework of the Centre, intended to support the Caucasian-Polish academic collaboration. In 2015, a Kyiv Bureau was established at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. In 2011, the Centre launched in Ukraine an M.A. degree in Eastern Studies, with the participation of students from the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, the Prykarpattya National University in IvanoFrankivsk and the National University “Ostroh Academy”.

The crowning achievement of the work of the Centre’s staff was the introduction of the M.A. in “Eastern Studies” in 1998. The Centre currently offers specializations in 6 different areas: Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central Europe and the Balkans. Around 50% of of all the Eastern Studies students are foreign exchange students from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (initially also from Central Europe and Russia) and are recipients of scholarship programs.

The Eastern Studies program is a full time two-year master's degree, designed to develop specialists in issues related to Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus, Central Europe and the Balkans. The program includes elements of history and contemporary issues, economy, culture, social, ethnic, religious, ethnological and political issues. The culmination of the work concerning the overall structure and shape of the Eastern Studies program was the 2012 introduction of the 3-year B.A. in Eastern Studies degree.

Moreover, since the 2000/01 academic year, the Centre has also offered a Post-Graduate Eastern Studies program. It is a 1.5-year long paid program for individuals already professionally involved in Eastern and Central Europe - in governmental agencies, economic, political or social institutions, and the media, as well as anyone interested in the subject.

With its numerous practical and publishing projects, the Center for European Studies at the University of Warsaw, in line with the pre-war traditions, educates young specialists in Eastern affairs. It belongs to the considerable group of Polish academic and research institutions whose establishment, development and functioning were possible after the fall of communism and after Poland regained its independence.

For further information please visit the Faculty website: https://english.studium.uw.edu.pl/

The contact person at the Centre for East European Studies: Mr. Aleksander Skydan, wspolpraca.studium@uw.edu.pl

You may also contact the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission's Senior Program Officer, Ms. Paulina Kubylis at paulina.kubylis@fulbright.edu.pl.

Note: Candidate's data will be processed by the Polish Commission in accordance with its Privacy Policy for Fulbright Poland grants.

Award Allowances

Monthly Payment

Mid-career Academics: $3,300

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. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

One-time payments:

Travel Allowance: $1,500

Relocation Allowance: $800 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Monthly payment:

Conference / Research / Book Allowance: $150 


Do you offer additional dependent benefits

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.

Dep endent 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 Cost of Living
Special Award Benefits

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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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 workshop, 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 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 the 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.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

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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Mark Brzezinski, the current US Ambassador to Poland and a Fulbright alumnus, talks about his Fulbright experience in Poland during a graduation party for US Fulbright grantees.

"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".

Laura Wayth
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".

Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert
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
Musicologist, composer, vocalist, pianist, author
Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador

More testimonials at fulbright.edu.pl/testimonials/

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