The Graduate / Postgraduate Studies and Research Scholarship supports research at various universities in Poland by American graduate students and university faculty members. Scholarships are awarded under the auspices of the Foundation's Exchange Program with Poland and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.
The scholarship provides a stipend of 1,600 zloty per month for housing and living expenses. In addition, scholarship recipients receive $400 per month of approved study/research as an additional supplement for living expenses.
Candidates who intend to study/attend classes must apply to the university for admission and submit proof of acceptance/admission to the program. The Studies & Research scholarship does not cover the cost of tuition nor airfare to Poland.
Studies and Research projects may be conducted from July 1st, 2022 through June 30th, 2023 at state-funded universities and institutions of higher learning in Poland.
Graduate level students and university faculty members who are US citizens may apply. Candidates who intend to study in Poland must be enrolled as International Students.
You cannot receive any other Polish government supported scholarship.Selection Criteria
Selection is based on academic excellence, motivation, and the need to pursue studies and research in Poland. The grant is for stays of a minimum of three months.
Secure two recommendation letters and have your recommenders send them directly to:
Requirements of a Recommendation letter:
Recommendations sent by the candidate will not be considered.
C0mplete the online application form.
Prepare your supporting materials in advance and have Items 1 to 6 ready to upload when completing the on-line application form. Item 8 applies only to Graduate Studies applicants and should be sent separately.
Supporting materials include:
Item 1 – A photo of yourself, which is suitable for publication such as a portrait photo or headshot which is 2 inches x 2 inches.
Item 2 – A scan of your U.S. passport ID page or a birth certificate. University diplomas and language certificates. Save documents to one file.
Item 3 - University diplomas and language certificates.
Item 4 – Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). The Curriculum Vitae describes academic credentials and demonstrates a record of scholarly achievements. When composing a Curriculum Vitae, it is essential to include:
Item 5- Research proposal or essay
For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: Upload an essay on why do you want to study in Poland. Be sure to list the name of the university, faculty/department, intended major/studies, and your academic and career goals. Your essay should be 2-3 pages long.
For candidates who intend to conduct research in Poland: Upload a detailed proposal of your research project. Your proposal should be a maximum of five pages, double-spaced.
Item 6 – Invitation or admission letter. You must secure your placement or affiliation. The KF does not assist in establishing contacts. You can only submit one host letter unless your research involves conducting it in more than one institution. The letter can include as much information as the department or faculty host wishes to include. However, certain information is required.
For candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: Upload your letter of admission. The admission letter should confirm your enrollment status as an International Student, financial conditions of your study program such as access to dormitory housing, use of facilities, funding, etc.
For candidates who intend to conduct research in Poland: Upload a letter of invitation from the host institution. The letter of invitation must include 1) the feasibility of your research plans at the host institution 2) the start and end dates of the research period and 3) the extent and limitation of the host university's support during your stay such as access to dormitory housing, use of office space, libraries, labs, studios, etc. Original letter must be signed and on official letterhead.
Item 7 – $50 non-refundable application fee. At the end of the application form, you will be asked to make a payment via PayPal or debit/credit card.
Item 8– Only applies to candidates who intend to conduct studies in Poland: submit official transcripts of credit for 3 years of academic work. This document should have an official signature and stamp from your school or faculty. There are two ways you can send us the transcripts: 1. Mail transcripts to:
The Kosciuszko Foundation
atten: Gosia Szymanska,
15 East 65th Street,
2. Go to your student account online and request a Secure Electronic PDF Transcript be sent to ExchangetoPoland@thekf.org via their electronic delivery service. Secure Electronic PDF Transcripts must be sent directly from your college/university's electronic delivery service.
Ask to be added to the "Studies & Research" mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
New application cycle will open November 30th, 2022.
Funding for Academic Year:
July 1st, 2023 - June 30th, 2024
The minimum length of stay in Poland is 3 months.
The application cycle opens: November 30, 2022 at 09:00 AM (EST)
The application cycle closes: March 21, 2023 at 23:59 PM (EST)
By the end of May 2023 – Recipients of the fellowships/grants notified
Exchange Program Officer:
Phone: (212) 734-2130 ext. 413
Graduate Studies and Research
Scholarship Recipient at
The Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz
Academy of Music