10 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFall Start
Apply for a Fulbright grant to Poland, a modern country with centuries-old scholarly tradition, diverse educational opportunities, low living costs and unique location in the heart of Europe!
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.
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. 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).
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 at Ready, Study, Go! Poland!)
Prominent Poles include scientists such as two-time Nobel Prize winner Maria Skłodowska-Curie and internationally renowned cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa; writers such as Nobel Prize winners Czesław Miłosz and Olga Tokarczuk; filmmakers such as Honorary Oscar recipient Andrzej Wajda and Fulbright grantee Juliusz Machulski; artists such as virtuoso pianist Fryderyk Chopin and internationally acclaimed sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz; as well as statesmen such as military leader Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Nobel-Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa.
Poland’s competitive higher education and research 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 research experience.
Grant Length: 9 -10 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 expected to start in September or October. In Poland, October marks the beginning of the academic year.
The Fulbright Commission invites all U.S. grantees for a Fulbright Commission Orientation (end of September 2022), Thanksgiving (November 2022) as well as Mid-Year (February 2023) and End-of-Year (June 2023) meetings. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they provide excellent learning, networking and bonding opportunities for the grantee cohort.
Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. The Commission strongly encourages women in STEM fields 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 and 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.
In addition to their primary research activities, grantees are expected to support the Fulbright Commission and the mission of the Fulbright Program by delivering presentations, seminars, and workshops on the U.S. higher education and culture. The grantees will also have the opportunity to apply for participation in seminars organized by other Fulbright Commissions in Europe (e.g. EU Seminar, Berlin Seminar).
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
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
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 big cities (e.g. Warsaw and Cracow).
Students wishing to enroll in classes, aside from their primary research activities, must make appropriate prior arrangements with their host institution.
Affiliation Fees/Tuition may be covered under certain circumstances. They should be specified in the letter issued by the potential host institution.
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, aside from project objectives, should include information on all research expenses (e.g. reagents’ costs). Based on that information, the host institution could have these expenses reimbursed upon the completion of the project. If that information is not included in the letter, the Commission will not be able to cover the affiliation fees.
One-year artistic internship projects are accepted. Candidates interested in pursuing an artistic internship are required to submit with their application documents a letter of admission, which, aside from project objectives, should list all fees associated with the program. If that information is not included in the letter, theCommission will not be able to cover the tuition.
The Commission takes care of administrative work, while the primary role of the host institution is to support you with your project objectives. If possible and needed, the host may also provide assistance in finding accommodation and other logistical arrangements. The cost of accommodation is covered by the grantees from their monthly stipend and/or relocation allowance.
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.
Individuals eligible to apply have not resided outside the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived outside of the United States for nine months (or more) during a calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year. Additionally, preference is given to those candidates who have not had substantial recent experience outside the United States, especially in Poland, which is defined as a period aggregating more than an academic year (nine months) during the past five years. Duty abroad in the U.S. Armed Forces does not apply in this section.
Special Application Instructions
Please clearly indicate in your Statement of Grant Purpose:
- the requested grant duration in months
- the planned start and end date of the grant in the following format: month/day/year
Stipend & Benefits
Stipend rates and benefits planned for the 2022-23 academic year include the following (please note these may be subject to change):
Monthly Payment: $1,300
- Travel Allowance: $1,500
- Relocation Allowance: $800
- Conference /Research / Book Allowance: $1000
In-country private Medical Care Package for grantee
- 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
Grant benefits are disbursed in PLN based on the average exchange rate USD/PLN as specified in the Terms and Conditions of the Award. Amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.