Apply for a Fulbright grant to Poland, a modern European Union country in the heart of Europe!

With its picturesque old towns and medieval architecture, wild forests and powdery-sand beaches, humming city life and imaginative culinary scene, Poland is a country that is as captivating as it is surprising. In addition to all that, a competitive higher education system, relatively low living costs, and easy access to other European countries make Poland a perfect destination for an unforgettable study abroad experience.

  • A competitive higher education system with nearly 400 universities and institutions of higher education and long academic tradition.
  • Relatively low living costs. While living standards are comparable with those in Western European countries, the cost of living in Poland, even in bigger cities, is significantly lower.
  • High English language proficiency.
  • English is widely used at the university level.
  • Unique location in the heart of Europe with easy access to other European countries.
  • Rich geographical diversity and cultural heritage.

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Meet current American grantees to Poland and find out why they chose Poland and what their Fulbright grant is about

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Hear from our alumni as they share their unique experiences in Poland, revealing the impact of their Fulbright grants on their lives and careers.

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Who we are looking for

We invite Candidates who:

  • demonstrate a need to conduct their projects specifically in Poland and in the preferred institution. We look for feasible and well-described projects containing research methodologies or syllabus reflecting effective pedagogical approaches.
  • can speak clearly and lucidly about their ideas (what, how and why they want to conduct their research in Poland) and who can express the impact of the grant on their plans and career.
  • exhibit ambassadorial values and skills to further the goal of cultural understanding while in Poland. 

The Commission aims at advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, geographic location, represented institutions and disciplines, socio-economic status, and ability.

Grants overview

US Scholar Program

Applications are now open for the 2025-26 academic year. Apply before September 16, 2024.

Offers opportunities for American academics, artists, and experienced professionals to lecture (4-10 months) or conduct research (3-10 months) at Polish academic and research institutions. 

Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. We also offer four Distinguished Chair posts and one research award together with our partner institutions:

American Studies Center University of Warsaw
Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
UMCS
Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw

Spread the word about the Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards to Poland and inform us of prospective U.S. scholars who would be strong candidates to the program. If you have a colleague who could contribute to and gain from the program, click the link to refer them, or share this link with them. IIE staff will contact them to set up an advising session and explore their interests. We encourage you to share this link with your networks as well!

US Student Program

Please refer to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for deadlines.

Allows college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to conduct their own research projects for two academic semesters (9-10 months) at Poland’s best universities or any other pertinent non-university institutions, such as research centers, labs and archives.

Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution.

English Teaching Assistant Program

Please refer to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for deadlines.

Places recent U.S. college graduates and young professionals at universities and institutions of higher education across Poland, which declared their willingness to host candidates and were selected through an open competition. ETAs teach and co-teach practical and specialized English language classes for 2 academic semesters.

Applications are accepted from candidates in all fields. The Commission strongly encourages candidates with teaching experience to apply. Primarily –  teaching English (any TEFL or TESOL experience) or teaching experience in other fields.

Specialist Program

You can register in the Fulbright Specialist Roster anytime. Applications for specific projects are submitted by Polish institutions through an open call announced here (in Polish).

Aims to provide a short-term (2-6 weeks), on-demand project collaboration with Polish institutions.

Fulbright Specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions. In order to be eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist, candidates must have significant experience in their respective professional field and be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.

Project activities may include delivering a seminar, workshop or guest lecture, consulting on faculty or workforce development, conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution, or developing academic or training curricula and materials.

Fulbright Schuman Program

Please refer to the Fulbright Schuman Program website for deadlines.

The Fulbright Schuman Program is administered by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and is jointly financed by the U.S. Department of State and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Grants are available for American students and professionals, including professionals in training – decision-makers, policy-makers, individuals in industry, the media, politics, academia, and public administration – who wish to study, research, or lecture on a topic relevant to U.S.-EU relations, EU policy, or EU institutions.

Grant benefits

Benefits may vary depending on the program. Contact our Program Officers for details.

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A monthly stipend

Roundtrip travel allowance

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One-off allowances for relocation and to cover research, book and conference fees

Private healthcare

Support (incl. funding) for accompanying family members

Administrative and academic support

Professional development and networking opportunities

Enrichment activities

Lifelong membership to the Fulbright Poland grantee and alumni community

Testimonials

Not sure if a Fulbright grant to Poland is for you? Dive into the captivating testimonials shared by our American alumni, and embark on a journey through their transformative experiences!

Chad Austin

My time in Poland was one of the best chapters of my life. Amazing people, wonderful students, great colleagues as part of the Fulbright Program, and I already miss it a lot.

Angela Brintlinger

Reviving my graduate school interest in and knowledge of Polish language was really fun and will prove useful in my career in future.  I was able to confidently state that the whole city was my conversation partner, as I worked on my speaking and comprehension skills.

Program Officers

Contact Aleksandra for the English Teaching Assistant Program and Paulina for other programs for American students and scholars.

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