PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED STUDY, RESEARCH AND/OR TEACHING IN THE UNITED STATES
The Kosciuszko Foundation annually awards a number of Fellowships/Grants to Poles for advanced study, research, and/or teaching at universities and other institutions of higher learning in the United States. The Foundation provides a cost-of-living stipend, which includes trans-atlantic travel, housing allowance, health and accident insurance coverage, and (when warranted) domestic travel. There is no allowance for dependents (spouse and children). Recipients are solely responsible for all expenses of accompanying dependents.
There are no restrictions as to fields of study/research.
Awards generally range from $7,650 to $25,500 (for Teaching Fellowships) depending on award category and duration of stay. Most candidates can expect a stay of up to 5 months.
10-month programs are for Teaching Fellowships with the Foundation's partner universities in the U.S. If you are interested in becoming a Polish Studies Teaching Fellow, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, the Kosciuszko Foundation's Exchange Program to the U.S. has 3 award categories:
Fellowships: awarded to successful candidates with doctoral degrees, including postgraduate scholars, professionals, or artists.
Grants: awarded to candidates without doctoral degrees.
Teaching Fellowships: university faculty members with teaching assignments at U.S. universities, in addition to individual research projects.
Only Polish citizens permanently residing in Poland are eligible. This program is NOT for Poles residing outside of Poland, or those residing temporarily outside of Poland, whether or not engaged in research/study.
Dual citizens (United States and Poland) as well as individuals applying for/holding United States permanent residency status (green card) are not eligible. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Applicants must hold an M.A. or M.S. degree prior to the commencement date of the award. Preference is given to doctoral or postdoctoral candidates. Current academic affiliation is required in all cases and must be documented with a certificate from an institution of academic employment/study.
Applicants must have strong English language proficiency in order to carry out their proposed projects. English proficiency will be assessed during personal interviews in Warsaw.
The application must be completed online (link below). Please ensure that all of the following documentation is readily available:
All research proposals are reviewed by the Kosciuszko Foundation's Academic Advisory Committee. Based on the Committee's recommendations, select candidates are invited for personal interviews in March in Warsaw, before a joint American and Polish Academic Commission. Award announcements are made by the end of May.
Since Foundation grants do not provide for tuition costs, those applicants who are accepted by universities for Ph.D. programs should apply for a Kosciuszko Foundation award only in cases where their tuition has been waived totally or at least substantially.
All Fellowships/Grants are for the academic year following submission of an application (for example: an application filed in October 2015 is for the 2016-17 academic year). Award duration ranges from 3-10 months, as determined by the Foundation. The Kosciuszko Foundation has a right to revoke any grant/fellowship in the event that a recipient is found to have violated laws of the United States, failed to maintain high academic or professional standards, and in cases of mental incapacitation.
The Foundation does provide visa application support for successful candidates. In some cases U.S. universities/institutions offer to provide support for visa applications internally.
Fellowship/Grant recipients may re-apply after a period of 5 years.
Applications of unsuccessful candidates are valid for 2 years only. In order to re-apply, applicants must submit: (1) a letter requesting re-consideration, (2) a letter confirming the applicant's continued institutional academic affiliation in Poland, and (3) an updated invitation from a United States academic institution.
You will need to upload several documents to complete the application: