Graduate Study and Research in Poland Scholarship

Program Description

The Graduate / Postgraduate Studies and Research Scholarship supports research by American graduate students and university faculty members at various universities in Poland.  Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation's Exchange Program with the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.  The Polish Ministry provides a stipend of 1,350 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. In addition, the Kosciuszko Foundation awards $300 per month of approved study/research as a supplement to awards provided by the Ministry. 

The Studies and Research Scholarship does not include tuition to attend classes.  Candidates whose plans include attending classes must apply for admission, request a tuition waiver and submit confirmation of release from tuition signed by the appropriate faculty/department chairperson.  The Studies & Research scholarship does not cover airfare.

Research projects may be conducted from October through June at state-funded universities and institutions in Poland.


Graduate level students and university faculty members who are US citizens may apply.  Polish citizens are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based on academic excellence, motivation, the need to pursue research in Poland.

Application Procedure

The application posted for the Graduate / Postgraduate Studies & Research in Poland Scholarship is used by the Polish Ministry to administer a variety of programs/scholarships.  Read and follow the guidelines and instructions posted here.

I – Prepare the following supporting materials before applying on-line:

Application - PART IV

  1. Item A – is not applicable to the Graduate Studies & Research program.
  2. Item B – copies of certificates/diplomas (for upload) + send hard copy transcripts of studies (3 years of academic work) to the KF via USPS.
  3. Item C – Request letters of recommendation from two professors you have studied with in the US. Letters should be written on university letterhead and sent by professors directly to the Kosciuszko Foundation.
  4. Item D –Letter of invitation/acceptance from the university admission office or host professor/department.  The letter of invitation must include 1) the feasibility of your research plans at the host institution 2) the dates of the research and 3) the extent and limitation of the host university's support during your stay (will the university provide dormitory housing, office space, access to libraries, etc.) (for upload).
  5. Item E – Other documents such as your research proposal (for upload).
  6.  Item F – Photo of yourself, which is suitable for ID and for publication (for upload).

II - Use the following file naming conventions when saving files for upload to the on-line application form:

  1. Item B - <SR17-diploma-Last name-First name>
  2. Item C - <SR17-LOR-Student Last name-First name-Prof'sLast name>
  3. Item D - <SR17-invitation-Last name-First name>
  4. Item E - <SR17-proposal- Last name-First name>
  5. Item F - <YA17-photo-Last name-First name>

III – Prior to applying, review application questions at the following link: Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.

IV - Complete the on-line application form at the Click Here to Apply button found below. All responses must be in English.

  • In question 14,  complete the line "Other" by indicating "research stay" 
  • In question 15, choose "I am applying for a scholarship from the government of the Republic of Poland".
  • Complete all questions in Part III.

V - Complete the Exchange to Poland Checklist and send with a check or money order in the amount of $50 (non-refundable application fee) to the Kosciuszko Foundation.


We are CURRENTLY Accepting applications for academic year October 2016 - june 2017

Should you have any technical issues in completing the on-line application form, please call or send an e-mail.  Be sure to include the question number and a brief explanation.  Contact information is provided below. 


Send hard copy materials to:

Studies & Research in Poland Program
Kosciuszko Foundation
15 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Send e-mail requests and documents to:

Tel. (212) 734-2130 ext. 210

Deadline date: 
January 15, 2016 

Scholarship Notification: 
Scholarship decisions are made in writing in June.  In case of a delays in decision making, candidates will be advised via e-mail. 

Changes in Contact information: 
If your contact information changes after application submission, please forward your new contact information together with dates of validity to 

When the on-line application period is closed:
Ask to be added to the Studies & Research mailing list.  We will add your e-mail address to our list for one year.  You will receive an e-mail notification when the new application cycle is open. 


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