Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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12 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Awards are granted through a competition open to students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to conduct research projects at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units, educational, governmental, cultural, and medical institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental research organizations in Poland under the supervision of an assigned mentor at the host institution.

Number of grants: up to 12 (subject to available funds). 

For more information on the competition, please refer to the local Award Regulations available on the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission website.

Grant Period

9 Months

Awards are offered for 9 months (1 academic year).

Shorter grants (of at least 6 months in length) are offered only to candidates in the arts and advanced doctoral candidates. 

Grants are usually expected to start in October, which is the beginning of the academic year. 

Research activities can be commenced in September (in well justified cases they can begin a few weeks earlier).

Participation in the Fulbright Commission Orientation, Thanksgiving, Mid-Year, and End-of-Year meetings is mandatory. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. The Commission strongly encourages candidates in the fields of science and technology to apply.

Well-qualified candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Candidates may be pursuing their doctoral degree but cannot hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.

Candidates are advised to consider the long-term effects of their projects on both their respective fields of research as well as on Polish-American academic/cultural relations.

The Fulbright Commission encourages applicants to familiarize themselves with Poland and its contemporary situation, culture, and educational system before applying.

Additional grant activities:

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program’s primary purpose is a public diplomacy initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is designed to expand and strengthen the relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world. To support this mission, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students and otherwise engage with the host country community, in addition to their primary research activities.

The grantee will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars organized by other Fulbright Commissions in Europe (e.g. EU Seminar, Berlin Seminar), and support the Fulbright Commission by delivering presentations, seminars, and workshops on U.S. higher education and culture.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Polish language ability should be commensurate with the requirements of the proposed project and affiliation. Plans for language study, if needed, should be included in the application.

Knowledge of the Polish language will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience and allow for deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


A letter of invitation from the host institution is required.

Candidates may seek affiliation at academic units, research units, and/or cultural and educational institutions in Poland. Candidates are strongly encouraged to consider affiliations located outside of Warsaw and Cracow, e.g. in Katowice, Czestochowa, Wroclaw, Poznan, Szczecin, Gdansk, Bialystok, Rzeszow, Lublin or Lodz.

Students wishing to enroll in classes aside their primary research activities must make appropriate prior arrangements with their host institution. 

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

One-year artistic internship projects are accepted. Consequently, candidates interested in pursuing an artistic internship are required to submit with their application documents the letter of admission, which should include information on all fees regarding education costs, project objectives, and the host institution’s commitments, among others.

Candidates interested in pursuing research projects at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units are required to submit with their application documents the letter of affiliation, which should include information on all research expenses (e.g. reagents’ costs), project objectives, and the host institution’s commitments, among others.


Dependent Funding

A monthly allowance for a dependent family member is available, provided that the dependent accompanies the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and is listed as a dependent in the Fulbright application.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.