Awards are granted through a competition open to graduates of higher education institutions who intend to enroll in any master’s or doctoral program or other study program which awards a graduate diploma at a U.S. higher education institution except for medical studies requiring direct contact with patients, LLM, and MBA programs.

Applications are currently closed. We will announce 2019-2020 competition on February 2018.

Who can apply?

Individuals eligible to apply:

  • Are Polish citizens who do not have dual Polish and U.S. citizenship or permanent residence in the U.S. (green card).
  • Are not in the United States at the time of submitting the application and have not resided in the United States for 5 or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived in the United States for 9 months (or more) during a calendar year is deemed to have resided in the United States for that year. Additionally, preference is given to those candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the United States, which is defined as a period aggregating more than an academic year (9 months) during the past 5 years.
  • Hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree (licencjat/inżynier degree if the studies were completed in Poland) at the time of application or will be awarded the degree by, at the latest, June of the grant year.
  • Maintained a high grade point average during the course of their studies and are able to demonstrate their outstanding accomplishments and clearly specified academic and research interests.
  • Have a very good command of the English language.
  • Meet formal requirements of J-1 visa.

Application process

In order to take part in the award competition, the candidate must timely submit a complete electronic grant application in the Embark system. The application consists of an application form which includes the following documents in the English language:

  • Study/Research Objectives essay
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of academic as well as non-academic accomplishments.
  • Bachelor’s diploma (licencjat/inżynier diploma if the studies were completed in Poland) and/or Master’s diploma with a diploma supplement and/or a transcript or certificate confirming the planned completion of the study program by June of the award year with transcript
  • Current TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE or other exam scores confirming English language proficiency at the B2 level or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted by the recommending individuals through the Embark system
  • Address form and data processing consent form

Competition procedure

The competition procedure consists of the following stages:

  1. Fulbright Commission’s staff performs a formal check of applications and provides the Director with a list of complete applications.
  2. Fulbright Commission’s staff performs preliminary evaluation of the applications. The list of candidates recommended for interviews is presented to the Board.
  3. Selection Committee holds interviews with candidates in the English language. Candidates are evaluated in accordance with the established evaluation criteria.


The grant total depends on the grantee’s affiliation (cost estimated by IIE or higher education institution), real needs, and available funds. The grantee is obliged to present to the Fulbright Commission all documents relating to financial aid received from other sources (beyond the Fulbright Commission, for the purpose of his/her studies in the U.S.).

The grant may not exceed the threshold of 47,000 USD and is primarily intended for the grantee’s living expenses. It may also cover:

  • Full or partial costs of tuition and/or fees
  • Travel allowance for grantee’s round trip to the U.S.
  • One-off relocation and settling-in allowance
  • One-off conference allowance
  • Free of charge J-1 visa for the grantee and J-2 visas for the accompanying family members
  • Limited health care benefit plan for the grantee

Program Officer