Awards are granted through a competition open to doctoral students preparing their Ph.D. at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units in Poland, in all fields, except for projects which require direct contact with patients. During the stay, the grantee conducts his/her research project at a U.S. higher education institution, research institute or non-governmental organization.

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
  • Are preparing their Ph.D. at a higher education institution, research institute, Polish Academy of Science unit, international scientific institute or other scientific unit in Poland, and their dissertation will be completed no sooner than after the grant
  • 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:

  • Research Objectives essay with substantiation why the project should be conducted in the U.S. and a thorough bibliography in the MLA format
  • Personal Statement
  • Current certificate confirming candidate’s doctoral student status
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of accomplishments, including awards, publications (also those under review or in print) and patent applications
  • Evaluation of the candidate’s research project provided by the doctoral dissertation supervisor at the candidate’s Polish home institution, along with a certificate confirming advancement of the candidate’s doctoral dissertation
  • Current TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE or other exam scores confirming English language proficiency at the B2 level or higher. All finalists who do not hold current TOELF/IELTS scores or whose scores are unsatisfactory will be required to take the TOEFL (available free of charge)
  • 3 letters of recommendation submitted by the recommending individuals through the Embark system, including one from the doctoral thesis supervisor
  • Applicants must also submit an address form and data processing consent form

Competition procedure

The competition procedure consists of the following stages:

  1. STAGE 1: Fulbright Commission’s staff performs a formal check of applications and provides the Director with a list of complete applications.
  2. STAGE 2: Fulbright Commission’s staff sends the candidates’ applications to independent subject matter experts for their evaluation of the proposed projects. Prior to evaluating projects, reviewers sign a declaration of no conflict of interest and confidentiality. The evaluations are the basis for the list of candidates recommended for interviews. The list is presented to the Board.
  3. STAGE 3: Selection Committee holds interviews with candidates in the English language. Candidates are evaluated in accordance with the established evaluation criteria.


The grant is intended for grantee’s living expenses. It may also cover:

  • Travel allowance for grantee’s round trip to the U.S.
  • One-off relocation and settling-in allowance
  • One-off conference allowance
  • Monthly research allowance
  • Costs of mandatory affiliation fees and/or health insurance required by the U.S. host institution (depending on the total charges and available funds)
  • Monthly allowance for a dependent family member, provided that s/he accompanies the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and was listed as a dependent in the Embark application
  • 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