The Kosciuszko Foundation annually awards a number of Fellowships/Grants to Poles for advanced study/research 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.
Teaching Fellowships are for university faculty members with teaching assignments at the United States universities in addition to individual research project.
Fellowships are awarded to postgraduate scholars, professionals or artists with doctoral degrees.
Grants are awarded to candidates without doctoral degrees.
Awards range from $7,650 to $25,500 depending on the duration and award category.
In determining awards, in addition to overall excellence, consideration is given to a number of other factors such as scholarly affiliation or geographic location, in order to achieve fair and reasonable diversity among recipients.
There are no restrictions as to fields of study/research.
Only Polish citizens residing permanently 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 and scholars. Current academic affiliation is required in all cases and must be documented with a certificate from an institution of academic employment.
Applicants must have strong English language proficiency, in order to communicate and to carry out their proposed projects. The level of English proficiency will be determined during the personal interviews in Warsaw.
A well-defined typewritten proposal (not less than 2 pages in length) for conducting studies/research in the United States with specific study/research plans.
A current invitation from a United States educational institution where the applicant plans to conduct his/her research or studies. Applicants must secure their own placement or affiliation. The Foundation does not assist in establishing contacts.
A detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of important and recent publications of which the applicant is the principal author.
Three letters of reference (at least one must be from outside of your academic affiliation).
Literary writers, journalists, and critics must support their research proposal with significant samples of their work. Visual artists are required to submit (together with their applications) catalogs, photographs, or slides of their work. All materials submitted are nonreturnable.
All research proposals are reviewed by the Kosciuszko Foundation Academic Advisory Committee. Based on the Committee's recommendations, select candidates are invited for personal interviews in March at the Foundation's Warsaw Office, before a joint American and Polish Academic Commission. Award announcement are made at the end of May.
Since the 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 grant only in cases where their tuition has been waived totally or substantially.
All Fellowships/Grants are for the academic year following submission of the application (for example: an application filed in October 2013 is for the 2014-15 academic year) . They range from 3-10 months as determined by the Foundation. The Kosciuszko Foundation has a right to revoke any grant/fellowship in the event that the grantee is found to have violated laws of the United States, failed to maintain high academic or professional standards, and in cases of mental incapacitation.
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: a letter requesting re-consideration, a letter confirming the applicant's continued institutional academic affiliation in Poland, and an updated invitation from a United States academic institution.
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Applications must be completed in all respects and submitted in duplicate, one copy to the New York office and one copy to the Warsaw office, by the deadline date.
ul. Nowy Swiat 4, Room 118, 00-497 Warszawa
Phone/Fax: (48) (22) 621-7067
New York Office:
15 East 65th Street, New York, N.Y. 10065-6595
Phone: (212) 734-2130 / Fax:: (212) 628-4552
Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be considered.