Polish Citizens conducting advanced study, research, and/or teaching in the u.s.


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: warsaw@thekf.org.


The start date for 2017-2018 applications is July 1, 2016. The application deadline for 2017-2018 is Friday, October 14, 2016 at noon, New York time. The registration is closed.

Please have recommendation letters forwarded via email to Ms. Urszula Urban, uurban@thekf.orgReceipt of recommendation letters will be confirmed via email within the next few days.



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:

  1. A well-defined typewritten proposal (at most 500 words) for conducting work in the United States with specific study/research plans. Please note that if selected for the interview phase in March, candidates will have an additional opportunity to promote their research to the Kosciuszko Foundation's Scholarship Committee.
  2. A current invitation from a United States educational institution where the applicant plans to conduct research/studies. Applicants must secure their own placement or affiliation; the Foundation does not assist in establishing contacts. Arrangements must be in place before submission of the application.
  3. A detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of important and recent publications of which the applicant is the principal author.
  4. Three letters of reference (at least one must be from outside of your academic affiliation) must be received by the Foundation before October 15, 2016. These must be on letterhead, with the printed name and signature of the recommender on the document, and must be forwarded via email attachment by the recommender to the Foundation by October 15, 2016. Recommendations sent directly by the applicant will result in disqualification. Additional information regarding the reference letters may be obtained from the PREVIEW application below.  
  5. Literary writers, journalists, and critics must support their research proposal with significant samples of their work.
  6. Visual artists are required to submit (together with their applications) catalogs, photographs, slides, or videos of their work. All materials submitted are nonreturnable. These may also be mailed.

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.



All Fellowships/Grants are for the academic year following submission of an application (for example: an application filed in October 2016 is for the 2017-18 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 reconsideration

(2) a letter confirming the applicant's continued institutional academic affiliation in Poland

(3) an updated invitation from a United States academic institution. Foundation grants do not cover tuition costs or university studies at any level.

The Foundation does not support short-term academic visits to deliver a paper at a conference or take part in a seminar or training. The Foundation does not subsidize any publications. 



You will need to upload several documents to complete the application:

1 A 2" by 2" passport sized full-faced photograph of yourself.

2 A research proposal.

3 An invitation from the American institution you wish to attend.

4 Evidence of current academic employment.

5 Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications.

6 Diploma (Master's and any applicable advanced degrees).

Click Here for Application Preview 


The start date for 2017-2018 applications is July 1, 2016. The application deadline for 2017-2018 is Friday, October 14, 2016 at noon, New York time.

***Please have recommendation letters forwarded via email to Ms. Urszula Urban,  uurban@thekf.org. Receipt of recommendation letters will be confirmed via email within the next few days.***

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