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United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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.


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Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will 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 or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


9 English Teaching Assistant Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
English Teaching Assistant
Award Profile

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).

Fulbright awards to Poland are granted through a competition open to students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to co-teach and teach practical and specialized English language classes and educational advising in Polish higher education institutions or other eligible institutions indicated by the Fulbright Commission. 

Poland boasts nearly 400 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 offered at Polish higher education institutions is widely recognized and reflected in a growing number of international students representing over 170 countries. Most universities offer courses in foreign languages in addition to standard foreign language teaching (source:

Poland’s competitive higher education institutions, rich geographical diversity and cultural heritage, low living costs and easy access to other European countries make it a perfect destination for an unforgettable Fulbright experience.


Prior to your Fulbright grant, Fulbright Poland will invite you to a two-day long methodology training and 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. Throughout your grant period, you will have a dedicated Program Officer, who will oversee your stay in Poland.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grants are expected to start in October 2024 and end in June 2025. The grantee may apply for a renewal for the following academic year.

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.

In-Country Orientation

The Fulbright Commission invites all U.S. grantees for the Orientation (end of September 2024), Thanksgiving and workshop (November 2024), Mid-Year (February 2025) evaluation and End-of-Year (June 2025) meeting. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they provide excellent learning, networking and bonding opportunities for the grantee cohort.

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from candidates in all fields and degree levels, however master and doctoral students will be given preference. Additionally, in line with the current EFL needs of Polish universities, we seek candidates who will teach general/practical English or English for specific purposes (i.e. focusing on a specific vocabulary and skills that the host institution’s students need).

Previous teaching experience is strongly recommended. Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their experience and interest in teaching.

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

The Commission aims at advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, geographic location, represented institutions and disciplines, socio-economic status, and ability.

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

Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

Polish citizens who are green card holders are not eligible to apply.

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Knowledge of the Polish language is not a formal requirement but some Polish language proficiency is recommended. Applicants are encouraged to study the Polish language prior to arrival in order to facilitate their deeper engagement with the host community during the grant period.

Placement Type
  • University/Post-Secondary Institution

The Fulbright Commission will place grantees in various departments at Polish universities, matching their undergraduate or graduate fields to the needs of the host institutions, to teach general/practical English or English for specific purposes (i.e. focusing on a specific vocabulary and skills that particular students need).

Details of assignments will be subject to direct communication between the selected candidate and the designated university department. Positions combine part-time teaching and/or assisting between 10 and 14 hours per week and office hours of up to 4 hours per week.

Expected host community engagement may include conducting English conversation clubs, proofreading, tutoring, participation in sports, language or drama clubs and volunteering at local organizations.

Additional grant activities: In addition to their primary teaching activities, grantees are expected to support the Fulbright Commission and the mission of the Fulbright Program by delivering presentations, seminars, and workshops on U.S. higher education and culture. The grantee will also have the opportunity to apply for participation in seminars organized by other Fulbright Commissions in Europe (e.g. EU-NATO Seminar, EU-US Young Leaders Seminar).

Placement Locations
  • Regional City

Host universities are located in big and small cities across Poland. 

Supplementary Project

Research/independent study project is not required. However, grantees may be involved in other activities related to their academic and personal interests if these projects do not conflict with the assigned ETA responsibilities. Applicants should briefly describe these additional activities in their Statement of Grant Purpose.

Housing Arrangements

Housing is provided by the host institution. Grantees are accommodated in a student dormitory or university staff house/hotel, usually on the university campus. Accommodation includes an individual room with a bathroom and kitchen (or with easy access to the kitchen facilities). The cost of housing is covered by the host institution.

Dependent financial support is available

Dependent funding:

  • Travel allowance: $1,500 (per dependent), a one-time payment for a dependent family member,  provided that they accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and were listed as a dependent at the time of application.
  • Dependent Allowance: $250 (per dependent), a monthly allowance for a dependent family member, provided that they accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and were listed as a dependent at the time of application
  • In-country private Medical Care Package
Stipend & Benefits

Stipend rates and benefits planned for the 2024-25 academic year include the following (please note these may be subject to change):

Monthly Payment: $1,000

One-time payments:

  • Travel Allowance: $1,500
  • Relocation Allowance: $800 
  • Conference /Research / Book Allowance: $500 
  • In-country private Medical Care Package for the grantee
  • Psychological Support

Grant benefits are disbursed in PLN based on the average USD/PLN exchange rate as specified in the grant documents. Amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
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Additional Online Resources
About studying and living in Poland::
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Regulations for grants awarded to American citizens::
Fulbright Poland - Home Away From Home::
Privacy Policy for Fulbright Poland grants::