Fulbright Scholar Award

Teaching at the Faculty of Architecture of the Tadeusz Kosciuszko Cracow University of Technology

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
October 2023
February 2024
Award Length
4.5 months
9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Urban Planning/Studies
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

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 undergraduate/graduate students as well as a more specialized seminar for PhD students at the Faculty of Architecture of the Tadeusz Kosciuszko Cracow University of Technology (PK). The awarded scholar will be encouraged to give talks at the PK Faculty of Architecture as well as participate in collaborative research with PK scholars. Preferred division of responsibilities between the two activities in the case of teaching/research awards is 50% teaching and 50% research.

Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Award Length and Period

Award is offered for a semester or an academic year.

Since the academic year in Poland starts in October, grants cannot start prior to that date. One-semester grants must begin either in October 2023 or February 2024; two-semester grants must begin in October 2023.

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

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 eminent scholars with an excellent record of publications in their respective fields, significant teaching experience, and experience mentoring PhD students. Candidates should be academics with at least M.Arch or M.S. in Arch.

Additional Comments

Cracow University of Technology (PK) comprises 8 faculties (departments):

  • Architecture
  • Chemical Engineering and Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Telecommunications
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental and Power Engineering
  • Materials Engineering and Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

Cracow University of Technology offers numerous English-taught bachelor and master programs as well as courses. Some programs are offered in collaboration with foreign universities, which allows students to earn a double degree. All programs comply with the national legislation governing university education and are, therefore, recognised globally. Cracow University of Technology is a member of the European University Association (EUA) and there are plenty of state-of-the-art accredited laboratories at PK.

Programs offered by the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Civil Engineering are accredited by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education. Moreover the bachelor and master programs in architecture and landscape architecture are accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Europe, respectively. Detailed information on the mission and strategic goals of the PK Faculty of Architecture is available here.

Cracow University of Technology was awarded the Human Resources Excellence in Research Logo by the European Commission. The University cooperates with more than 170 international universities and institutes from more than 50 countries including the U.S.A. It boasts a strong 30-year-long cooperation with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Researchers from the Cracow University of Technology participated in the design and launch of the world's largest scientific instrument - Large Hadron Collider.

Cracow University of Technology has an extensive cooperation with companies such as: Microsoft, IBM, NOKIA,

Motorola, CISCO, COMARCH, Caterpillar, Delphi or Strabag, and there is a technology transfer centre at the

University. Cracow University of Technology’s students and alumni find professional jobs in regional, national and

global companies.

Cracow University of Technology is one of the best public technical universities in Poland with a 76-year tradition of

educating engineers. It is ranked in the following international rankings:

  • 2022 THE World University Rankings (#1201+)
  • 2022 THE World University Rankings by subject:
  • Computer Science (#501–600)
  • Engineering (#801–1000)
  • QS World University Rankings:
  • 2022 QS World University Ranking (#801-1000)
  • 2022 Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Rankings (#73)
  • 2022 US News Best Global Universities Rankings by subject:
  • Engineering (#689)
  • Materials Science (#734)
  • Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 and 2020 – Mechanical Engineering (#301 – 400)
  • 2020 EngiRank - European Ranking of Engineering Programs by subject – Civil Engineering (#5)
  • 2021 The Three University Missions Ranking (#1201 – 1300)
  • 2021 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (#1314)
  • 2021-22 Global 2000 List by the Center for World University Rankings (#1865)
  • 2020 UI GreenMetric World University Ranking (#724)

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

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 

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.

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.

Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated housing costs
Monthly rent for a studio flat: $550 - $950 
Monthly rent for a furnished flat for two people: $850 - $1500 
Monthly payment for fixed Internet access: $12 - $22

Day to day expenses
Dinner for two persons (mid-range restaurant, three courses): $24.5 - $61.50
Dinner for one person (inexpensive): $4.90 - $12.30
Fast food: $5.15 - $7.30 Cinema ticket (International release): $4.90 - $9.80
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult: $14.70 - $36.70

One-way Ticket (Local Transport): $0.98 - $1.47
Monthly pass (regular price):$22-$39
Taxi start and 5 km: $5-$6

Special Award Benefits

Cracow University of Technology provides housing in a university apartment in addition to the stipend benefits.

In-country private Medical Care Package

Enrichment opportunities: In-country orientation, mid-year meeting, language-learning opportunities, Inter-country travel grant 

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

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 reserves 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 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.

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.

Website: https://en.fulbright.edu.pl/grants-for-american-citizens/

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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".

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

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