2017-2018 Polish Grantees

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Fulbright Senior Award

Fulbright Senior Award is a 4-9 months scholarship for lecturers and researchers, to conduct research project in the U.S. In addition to research, candidates may also teach classes. For the 2017-2018 academic year Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 19 scholarships in this category.

Home institution: Silesian University of Technology, Institute of Thermal Technology, Gliwice
Host institution:
University of Utah, Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, Salt Lake City

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/31/2018

Field of study: Engineering
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Development of multiphase model for predicting combustion process in large scale fluidized bed boilers.

Wojciech Adamczyk fotoDr. Wojciech Adamczyk is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Thermal Technology, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Silesia University of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 in Building and Machine Exploitation science field. His Ph.D. was done in frame of Strategic Program for energetic sector financed by National Center of Research and Development. During his Ph.D. study he participated in several international internships that took place at research centers, like VTT Finland Research Center of Finland or International Flame Research Foundation. During Masters he participated in international scholarship programs conducted in MTU Aero Engine and Rolls-Royce Deutschland. During his second internship, he completed his master’s thesis for the needs of Rolls-Royce Deutschland under the Erasmus Student Exchange Program. Moreover, his has been awarded by the Ministry of Education for Outstanding Young Scientists and the finalist of several international competitions, for instance ECOMASS 2014.

Home institution: University of Warsaw, Institute Of International Relations, Warsaw
Host institution:
Harvard University, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Cambridge

Grant start date: 1/15/2018
Grant end date:
7/15/2018

Field of study: Political science
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Mission in the foreign policy of the Russian Federation.

Alicja Curanovic fotoAlicja Curanović is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw. She holds a Ph.D. in political science (Ph.D. thesis: “The Religious Factor in the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation”). Her main research interests are international relations in the post-Soviet area; Russian foreign policy; religious factor in international relations; perception, identity, image and status in politics. She has conducted research on many subjects at Columbia University, Stanford University, the Russian State University for Humanistic Studies and MGIMO. Her articles have appeared in renowned academic journals, e.g. “Politics and Religion”, “Nationalities Papers” or “Religion, State and Society”. Her monograph – “The Religious Factor in Russia’s Foreign Policy” was published by Routledge in 2012.

Home institution: University of Lodz, Faculty of International and Political Studies, Lodz
Host institution:
University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland, College Park

Grant start date: 9/10/2017
Grant end date:
2/10/2018

Field of study: International Relations
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The Role and Position of the Caucasus in Iran’s Strategic Calculations—Political, Military and Economic Dimensions.

Home institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Psychology, Warsaw
Host institution:
Indiana University Bloomington, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Bloomington

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/31/2018

Field of study: Psychology
Aim of the grant:
Teaching, Research
Project title:
Identification of interaction effects between HPA axis genes and environmental factors in internalizing and externalizing problems.

Wojciech Dragan fotoDr. habil. Wojciech Łukasz Dragan graduated with a degree in biology and psychology at the University of Warsaw. He defended his doctoral thesis in 2005, and in 2015 he received habilitation in the area of psychology. He authored several papers on behavior genetics, psychology of individual differences and psychometry. He is a laureate of prestigious scientific awards: ’Polityka’ Weekly Stipend for Young Researcher (2010), The Polish Academy of Sciences Award for the Best Young Psychologist (A. Malewski Award) (2010), The Best Psychological Scientific Book of 2015 in Poland (Theophrastus Award). He owns two small dogs and loves opera.

Home institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, Warsaw
Host institution:
University of Colorado-Boulder, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, Boulder

Grant start date: 9/8/2017
Grant end date:
6/7/2018

Field of study: Criminalistics
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Preventing radicalization, violence and terrorism; the role of modern technologies and open source information on social media in countering extremism.

Kacper Gradoń fotoDr. Kacper Gradon is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Warsaw and the Director of the Center for Forensic and Investigative Sciences (University of Warsaw). He is also an Associate Visiting Professor at UCL Department of Security and Crime Science (since 2010) as well as the University College London Honorary Senior Research Associate.

Both his Masters (2000) and Doctoral (2008, Magna cum Laude) dissertations address the issues of multiple homicide, crime prevention, criminal analysis and offender profiling. He has over 16 years of experience in research projects and teaching related to Homicide Investigation, Crime Scene Analysis, Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Criminology that he gained in Poland, UK, Canada and the USA. He has spoken at almost 200 academic and Police conferences and seminars across Europe, North America and Asia.

Dr. Gradon worked for 3 years at the General Headquarters of the Polish National Police, where he participated in the creation of the Criminal Analysis and Criminal Intelligence Units. He also completed the London Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations Training of Hostage Negotiations, as well as several other Police courses in preventing and combating crime, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Dutch Police, Guardia di Finanza, Bundeskriminalamt, Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Kacper Gradon is a recipient of three research scholarships funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and he was awarded three major research grants presented by the Polish Ministry of Science. He also received the “Scientific Mobility” scholarship of the Minister of Science, which allowed him to set up a permanent co-operation with University College London. His Ph.D. Thesis received the Polish Forensic Association “Scholarship for Young Experts in Forensics for Outstanding Achievements in Forensic Studies“. He was also awarded the “Best Young Professor” scholarship by the Polish “Modern University” Program. In October 2011 he received the most prestigious award of the Polish Ministry of Science: “The Scholarship for Outstanding Academics”. In 2014, he was awarded the National Centre for Research and Development grant SIMS (Science Infrastructure Management Support) for a month-long training at the Max-Planck Institute, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute (Germany) and the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (USA). His most recent honor is the “Polityka Weekly” National Science Award.

Dr. Gradon has previously lectured and held Visiting Professorships at University College London, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southern California, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY, University of Greenwich and Memorial University of Newfoundland and has co-operated closely with other academic institutions such as Harvard University Law School: Berkman Center for the Internet & Society and Stanford University. He designed and has been a leader of the first hands-on crime scene analysis workshops in Poland, called “CSI: Warsaw”.

Dr. Gradon’s current research interest address new techniques used in prevention of violent crime. He focuses on the application of digital and Internet forensics and analysis to forecasting and combating criminal and terrorist acts. His work also includes the practical aspects and tactics of crime scene investigation as well as surveillance technologies and integrated crime prevention (including Open Source Intelligence). He is an author of two academic books and several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

As the Director of the University of Warsaw Centre for Forensic and Investigative Sciences (CFIS) he is responsible for the Research and Development in the first independent, interdisciplinary, University-led institution of its kind in Poland. He also heads the CFIS Postgraduate Studies in Forensic Sciences and Evidence Law. Kacper Gradon is currently the UoW Primary Investigator and the Steering Committee Member in the European Commission FP7 Project PRIME (“Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism: Defending Against Lone Actor Extremist Events”). PRIME is an FP7 project of University College London, Kings College London, Aarhus University, University of Leiden, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Warsaw.

Home institution: Jagiellonian University, Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Cracow
Host institution:
University of Puerto Rico, Department of English, College of Humanities, San Juan

Grant start date: 1/2/2018
Grant end date:
6/30/2018

Field of study: Sociology
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Language, lifestyle and identity. “Social lifestyle diglossia” in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Anna Kaganiec-Kamienska is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She holds a Ph.D. in social studies from Jagiellonian University. Her current research interests focus on the relationship between language and identity and language policy in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the USA, as well as Hispanic/Latino groups in the United States.

Home institution: Institute of Power Engineering, Department of High Temperature Electrochemical Processes, Warsaw
Host institution:
University of California, Irvine, National Fuel Cell Research Center, Irvine

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/31/2018

Field of study: Energy
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Evaluation of application of solid oxide electrochemical conversion systems for the dynamic dispatch to complement intermittent renewable power.

Dr. Jakub Kupecki graduated from Warsaw University of Technology (Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering), University of Iceland (The School for Renewable Energy Science), and University of California – Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

His research lays in the area of high temperature electrochemical processes, in particular solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Jakub draws special attention to mathematical modeling and computer simulations of complex processes related to mass and energy transfer as well the chemical and electrochemical reactions. His models were applied in conceptual design and optimization of prototype power systems based on fuel cells, including the first Polish micro-cogenerator. During his research stay in National Fuel Cell Research Center, University of California – Irvine, Dr. Kupecki will focus on application of high temperature electrolysis (SOEC) for stabilization of the electrical grid cooperating with intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar (PVs).

Jakub is the head of the Department of High Temperature Electrochemical Processes at the Institute of Power Engineering (IEN) and works as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology.

Husband, father of two and in the free time a polar explorer with track record of successful completion of several winter expeditions (Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Norway).

Home institution: University of Social Sciences, English Faculty, Lodz
Host institution:
University of Memphis, Department of Psychology, Memphis

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/31/2018

Field of study: American Studies
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The literary, cultural and therapeutic aspects and significance of modern bereavement memoirs.

Katarzyna Małecka fotoDr. Katarzyna Małecka is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of the Faculty of English Language and Literature in the University of Social Sciences, Lodz. She has a master’s degree in British and American Literature (2003) from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature (2005) from the University of Łódź. Dr. Małecka is a recipient of a prestigious research scholarship awarded by the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna to work on her project “Bibliotherapeutic Aspects of Dealing with Death and Loss in Children’s Literature” (2008). She is the author of many articles on death and grief in film and literature, and of Death in the Works of Galway Kinnell (Cambria Press, 2008), one of only a few monographs on this contemporary poet. Her main research interests are grief and the self-help aspects of writing during bereavement. Her Fulbright research project concerning the therapeutic value of modern bereavement memoirs aims to bridge literary studies and psychological science. Her other interests include cycling, yoga, baking gluten-free brownies, and researching laziness in American literature and culture.

Home institution: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Literary Research, Warsaw
Host institution:
Stanford University, Department of English, Stanford

Grant start date: 1/8/2018
Grant end date:
5/8/2018

Field of study: Literature
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Literary transition as viewed from above. Quantitative history of Polish literature (1989-2000).

Maciej Maryl fotoDr. Maciej Maryl in an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences; founding head of the Digital Humanities Centre at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Literary scholar, sociologist, translator. He graduated from University of Warsaw in Polish Philology and Applied Social Sciences. He completed the “Artes Liberales” Academy program and attended doctoral studies at the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR). He was awarded scholarships of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Foundation for Polish Science and the Fulbright Junior Advanced Research Grant. In 2013 he defended the Ph.D. thesis dedicated to the literary life online. His research interests cover literary communication, multimedia writing, digital editorship, digital humanities and relationships between technology and culture. More info and publications: http://maryl.org/en/

Home institution: Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Management and Finance, Warsaw
Host institution:
New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York

Grant start date: 10/1/2017
Grant end date:
6/30/2018

Field of study: Finance
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The comparison of Random Forest and other classification methods for rare events in credit risk area.

Anna Matuszyk fotoDr. habil. Anna Matuszyk is an Adjunct in the Institute of Finance at Warsaw School of Economics. She holds Ph.D. in economics and habilitation (with specialisation in finance), both obtained from the Warsaw School of Economics. From April 2006 to September 2008 she was a researcher in the Management Department at the University of Southampton, UK. During this period she conducted research on credit risk and took part in business projects for financial institutions. Her research interests include credit risk, in particular credit scoring. Her findings have been published in the international journals and presented at multiple international conferences. She teaches courses and advises to financial institutions in terms of the credit risk. In 2017, she received a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship.

Home institution: The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Department of Applied Social Sciences, Warsaw
Host institution:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor

Grant start date: 11/1/2017
Grant end date:
7/30/2018

Field of study: Sociology
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Active ageing experiences of elder in-migrants in different local settings in non-metropolitan areas.

Ilona Matysiak fotoIlona Matysiak holds a Ph.D. in sociology and works as Assistant Professor at M. Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland. She is also a member of the Center of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw. Her research interests include: demographic changes, gender and civil society at the local level. She took part in several cross-national studies funded by the EU Commission. Currently she is carrying out the research project on young adults with the university education living in rural areas in Poland, financed by the National Science Centre. Recently, dr. Matysiak was a visiting scholar in the Rural Sociology Group at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and at the Social Innovation Centre at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2009 and 2012 she participated in the ICPSR summer school at the University of Michigan.

Home institution: University of Gdansk, Faculty of History, Gdansk
Host institution:
Stanford University, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Stanford

Grant start date: 8/1/2017
Grant end date:
1/31/2018

Field of study: History
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The National Committee for a Free…- American uses of political exiles during the Cold War.

Anna Mazurkiewicz fotoDr. habil. Anna Mazurkiewicz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of History, University of Gdansk and the current President of the Polish American Historical Association (2017-2018). She has published three books: on the American responses to elections of 1947 and 1989 in Poland, and on the role of the political exiles from East Central Europe in American Cold War politics (1948-1954). Her scholarly interests are: the United States after World War II; U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations; media system in the United States; U.S. policy towards the countries of East Central Europe; political activity of refugees from East Central Europe in the United States after World War II; political emigration from East Central Europe in 1945-1989. Mazurkiewicz was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, Central European University (Budapest), Kosciuszko Foundation Scholar at the University of Minnesota and at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Home institution: Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Management and Economics, Gdansk
Host institution:
University of California, Berkeley, Department of Economics, Center for Labor Economics, Berkeley

Grant start date: 2/1/2018
Grant end date:
5/31/2018

Field of study: Economy
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The impact of trade exposure and global division of labor on product variety – evidence from Europe and the U.S.

Aleksandra Parteka fotoDr. habil. Aleksandra Parteka is an economist, specializing in international economics (main research interests: international trade, economic integration, trade-labor market interactions, productivity and efficiency analysis). She is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Management and Economics at Gdansk University of Technology. She got M.Sc. degree in Economics from Gdansk University of Technology (2003) and Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche (2005), as well as M.A. degree in Contemporary European Studies from Sussex University (2006); she got Ph.D. in Economics (2008) from Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy). In the academic year 2011/2012 she was a post-doc visiting researcher in the Department of Economics and Business at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). Fellow of Polish Science Foundation, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, CERGE-EI. She has published in, among others: “Review of World Economics”, “World Economy”, “Economics of Transition”, “Journal of Macroeconomics”, “Journal of Productivity Analysis”, “Scientometrics, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade”, “Empirica”.

Home institution: University of Bialystok, Faculty of Philology, Bialystok
Host institution:
Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus, English Department, New York

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
2/28/2018

Field of study: Literary studies
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Mesmeric Misery: The poetics of document and the limit experience in the works of Charles Reznikoff.

Home institution: Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Department of Studies on East Central Europe, Warsaw
Host institution:
University of California, Berkeley, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Berkeley

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/31/2018

Field of study: History
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The Soviet historical memory policy versus history disciplines in The Slavonic Countries of Eastern Bloc, 1945-1989.

Home institution: Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Warsaw
Host institution:
University of Maryland, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, College Park

Grant start date: 10/15/2017
Grant end date:
2/15/2018

Field of study: Political science
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Mobilization and demobilization of social movements. Labor movement in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1978-2015.

Rachela Tonta fotoRachela Tonta holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is currently a researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences. In the framework of the project “Islamism and Pluralism – The Islamist Movements in Egypt and Tunisia after the Arab Spring” she conducted field research in both countries. In 2013 she received a 10-month scholarship from the Polish and Iranian government which enabled her to learn Farsi and conduct research in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  During her scientific work she has visited numerous countries of the region. Her research interests include: social movements in the Middle East and North Africa, Iranian labour movement, relationship between religion and politics in Iran, Shi’a communities in the Arab world, the role of Hezbollah in Lebanon’s internal politics.

Home institution: Jagiellonian University, Department of Philosophy and Bioethics, Cracow
Host institution:
Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics, Boston

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/30/2018

Field of study: Bioethics
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Children in phase 1 cancer trials. Risk and social benefit.

Marcin Waligora fotoDr. Marcin Waligora is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Bioethics of Jagiellonian University Medical College. Dr. Waligora is a leader of the REMEDY, Research Ethics in Medicine Study Group (remedy.edu.pl) His research focuses on ethical and policy challenges of pediatric research and research in oncology.

Home institution: Gdańsk University of Technology, Department of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Gdansk
Host institution:
California State University-Fullerton, Department of Physics, Fullerton

Grant start date: 9/28/2017
Grant end date:
6/28/2018

Field of study: Physics
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Experimental studies in low energy electron collisions from gaseous targets.

Home institution: Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Biology, Poznan
Host institution:
University of California, Davis, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Davis

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/31/2018

Field of study: Biology
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Personality types in seed-dispersing animals and their consequences for plant recruitment.

Rafał Zwolak fotoDr. habil. Rafał Zwolak is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

He received his Ph.D. degree in organismal biology and ecology from the University of Montana, Missoula, USA (2008). Rafał Zwolak is a recipient of scholarships awarded by Foundation for Polish Science (2009, 2014) and Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2011). He serves as a member of the Committee of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Polish Academy of Science.

Dr. Zwolak’s research focuses on forest ecology and plant-animal interactions (details on page http://rzwolak.home.amu.edu.pl). In addition, his recent interests concern variation among individuals and its influence on ecological processes. Traditionally, ecologists assumed that all important variation is among species and individuals of the same species can be treated as identical and interchangeable. Nevertheless, recent research indicates that variation within species plays a key role in many ecological interactions. As a Fulbright scholar at University of California in Davis, Dr. Zwolak will investigate the influence of individual differences in animal behavior (so-called “animal personalities”) on seed dispersal.

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award is a 3-12 months grant for scholars to teach at U.S. higher education institutions that might not have a strong international component and/or serve minority audiences. For the 2017-2018 academic year Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 1 scholarship in this category.

Home institution: University of Warsaw, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw
Host institution: 
Wagner College, Staten Island, New York

Grant start date: 08/14/2017
Grant end date:
5/26/2018

Field of study: social anthropology, philosophy
Aim of the grant:
teaching

Kamil Wielecki fotoDr. Kamil Wielecki is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw. He holds two master’s degrees gained in this University – in ethnology and cultural anthropology, and philosophy. He has undertaken long-term ethnographic fieldwork research in Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He received studentships at the Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek (2005) and the University of Vienna (2005-2006). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (2011-2012) and at the Central European University in Budapest (2013). In 2017-18, within a scholarship of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, he will be a Visiting Professor in the Wagner College (New York). He is the author of over a 20 scholarly articles published in Polish, Russian and English. His areas of interest include postsocialist studies, the political economy of capitalism, globalization, as well as economic and philosophical anthropology.

Academic profile: http://psychologia.academia.edu/kamilwielecki

Fulbright Slavic Award

Fulbright Slavic Award is a 4-9 months grant for scholars who specialize in the culture and history of Poland and East-Central Europe. The grant allows them to teach classes at one of the universities cooperating with the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. For the 2017-2018 academic year Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 2 scholarships in this category.

Home institution: University of Silesia, Department of Film and Media Studies, Katowice
Host institution: 
University of Washington, Seattle

Grant start date: 9/16/2017
Grant end date:
3/15/2018

Field of study: film studies
Aim of the grant:
teaching

Dr Justyna BudzikJustyna Hanna Budzik: assistant professor at the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland (since 2013). In 2016/17 instructor of Polish at the Institut national de langues et civilisations orientales in Paris. Her Ph. D. thesis “Sensorium kina. Ku antropologii doznania kinematograficznego” (2012) was awarded Inka Brodzka-Wald Prize (2013) for the best dissertation of the year in modern humanities and was published under the title “Dotyk światła”. In July 2015 another book appeared: “Filmowe cuda i sztuczki magiczne. Szkice z archeologii kina” (Katowice 2015).

Her main domains of research and pedagogical activity are: film education, media archaeology and teaching Polish as a foreign language. She gives lectures and leads workshops for students, pupils and teacher, in cooperation with cinemas, cultural institutions and NGOs. She is also a co-founder and member of the board of Fundacja dla Filmu i Fotografii in Katowice.

After graduating from interdisciplinary studies in humanities at the University of Silesia in 2009 (Master diploma in cultural studies), Justyna Budzik completed post-graduate studies at the University of Silesia in history of art (2009) and teaching Polish culture and Polish as a foreign language (2013), as well as a course in bibliotherapy techniques at the Pedagogical University in Cracow (2015). During doctoral studies she did a 5-month Erasmus Student Placement at department of education at the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, France (2010/11).

Home institution: University of Wroclaw, Institute of Slavic Studies, Wroclaw
Host institution: 
University of Illinois, Chicago

Grant start date: 9/16/2017
Grant end date:
3/15/2018

Field of study: literary studies
Aim of the grant:
teaching

Mateusz Świetlicki photoDr. Mateusz Świetlicki is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ukrainian Studies (Institute of Slavic Studies, University of Wroclaw), where he teaches classes in American Literature, American History, Slavic Popular Culture, and Ukrainian Literature. Member of the Center for Young People’s Literature and Culture (Institute of English Studies, University of Wroclaw). He was awarded fellowships at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (2014) and Harvard University (2012). He has presented his research at various national and international conferences (in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Ukraine). His first monograph titled When (Do) Boys Become Men? was published in 2016. Co-editor of “Miscellanea Post-totalitariana Wratislaviensia” (Special Issue vol. 1 (5): Tropics of Resistance: Languages, Genres, Rhetoric). His research interests include popular culture, cultural studies, gender studies, YA literature, and American history.

Fulbright Junior Advanced Research Award

Fulbright Junior Advanced Research Award is a 6-9 months grant for Ph.D. students to conduct a research project in the U.S. For the 2017-2018 academic year Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 9 scholarships in this category.

Home institution: University of Wroclaw, Department of Journalism and Social Communication, Wroclaw
Host institution: 
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Grant start date: October 1, 2017
Grant end date:
March 31, 2018

Field of study: Linguistics
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Advertising message in intercultural context. Comparative study on reception of adapted advertising.

Martyna Gliniecka fotoMartyna Gliniecka is a lecturer in Communication Design and Communication Management majors at University of Wroclaw and Graphics major at University of Social Sciences and Humanities. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Faculty of Letters at University of Wroclaw. Her Ph.D. research takes on main message in intercultural advertising, part of which has already been conducted during scholarship at Waseda University in Tokyo. Her other scientific interests include creativity and subversive advertising.

Home institution: University of Wroclaw, Department of Cultural Studies, Wroclaw
Host institution:
New York University, Department of English, New York
University of California, Department of English, Santa Barbara

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
2/28/2018

Field of study: Cultural studies
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
From the Digital to the Analogue: Humanities in Light of the Digital Turn.

Aleksandra Kil fotoAleksandra Kil is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at the University of Wroclaw and a member of the Laboratory for the Contemporary Humanities. She is currently writing a dissertation on a technological dimension of knowledge production in the humanities, studying the epistemological implications of both the digital and analogue media. Co-author of the book Issue Mapping for an Ageing Europe and a co-editor of Non-human Culture. E-mail address: : aleksandra.kil-matlak@uwr.edu.pl

Home institution: Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Department of Neurophysiology, Warsaw
Host institution:
Dartmouth College, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Hanover

Grant start date: 8/1/2017
Grant end date:
4/30/2018

Field of study: Cognitive neuroscience
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Neural correlates of self-related inforation processing.

Ilona Kotlewska fotoIlona Kotlewska is a neurobiologist, neuropsychologist. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Laboratory of Psychophysiology at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of Polish Academy of Science. She was awarded the Fulbright Junior Research Award for the year 2017-2018 and an ETIUDA grant by the National Science Centre Poland. She graduated from the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Warsaw, where she successfully combined her interests in psychology and biology with many different scientific fields. As early as 2010 she left for her first, year-long international scholarship in Spain, where in the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group, under the supervision of dr Carles Escera, she conducted research on auditory perception in humans. Currently she runs neuro-imaging studies focused on human consciousness.

Home institution: Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Architectural Design, Warsaw
Host institution:
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture, State College

Grant start date: 10/1/2017
Grant end date:
6/30/2018

Field of study: Architecture
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Constraints in introducing mass-customization in housing building industry.

Home institution: University of Warsaw, American Literature Department, Institute of English Studies, Warsaw
Host institution:
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, Department of English, Buffalo

Grant start date: 8/20/2017
Grant end date:
5/19/2018

Field of study: Literary Studies
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The corporeal subject in works of Mina Loy and Adrienne Rich.

Joanna Mąkowska fotoJoanna Mąkowska holds M.A. in English (with honors) from the University of Warsaw. Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, where she is also running Open University courses. Her research interests include twentieth-century American poetry, transatlantic modernism, literary theory and the philosophy of embodiment. She has published on Mina Loy, Adrienne Rich and new materialist philosophy. As a recipient of the European Association for American Studies and JFK Institute for North American Studies grants, she conducted research at Yale University (2015) and Free University, Berlin (2014). Member of Polish Association for American Studies. EFL teacher and translator. As a Fulbright grantee she will be advancing her dissertation project under the supervision of Professor Cristanne Miller at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Home institution: Silesian University of Technology, Institute of Water and Wastewater Engineering, Gliwice
Host institution:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge

Grant start date: 3/1/2018
Grant end date:
8/31/2018

Field of study: Environmental engineering
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Adsorption of heavy metals in an external electromagnetic field.

Krzysztof Rajczykowski fotoKrzysztof Rajczykowski graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Energetics on the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student at the Silesian University in the Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Energetics at the Institute of Water and Wastewater Engineering. Fundamental research area includes various methods of the heavy metals removal both from water and wastewater, the use of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy in the analysis of environmental samples and the influence of strong external electromagnetic fields on chemical and environmental engineering processes. During his doctoral dissertation, he deals with the analysis of the influence of strong external electromagnetic fields on adsorption processes with particular emphasis on adsorption of heavy metals from aqueous solutions.

Home institution: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Department of Social and Economic Policy, Poznan
Host institution:
University of California-Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

Grant start date: 10/15/2017
Grant end date:
8/31/2018

Field of study: Political Science
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
The Role of the State in the American Mixed Economu after Great Recession 2008-2010.

Rafał Szymanowski fotoRafal Szymanowski graduated with a degree in International Relations from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. His field of expertise is international political economy and relations between the world of politics and economy. His Fulbright research project is a part of his doctoral dissertation about the policy of the U.S. and Germany towards global financial crisis of 2008. His research aims at providing an answer to the question whether the policies undertaken in response to the contemporary crisis generated a distinct institutional legacy in the American model of political economy. Szymanowski tries to set his analysis in a wider context of the most important contemporary development challenges, such as secular stagnation and low economic growth. He studies the influence of these phenomena on the architecture of the contemporary welfare state and the processes taking place on the political scene. He is also interested in the popularization of the scientific knowledge and crossing the borders between science and the economy. As a Ph.D. student Szymanowski participated in numerous projects devoted to ecosystems of innovation, knowledge and technology transfer, R&D funding and the model of doctoral studies in Poland. During his studies he hosted his own radio show that was broadcasted on the local radio station. He underwent professional training at, among others, the University of Alberta School of Business and Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He also studied at the Berlin School of Economics and Law as an Erasmus Exchange Student.

Home institution: Tadeusz Kosciuszko Cracow University of Technology, Institute of Engineering Design, Cracow
Host institution: 
University of California-Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

Grant start date: 12/1/2017
Grant end date:
8/31/2018

Field of study: Architecture and Urban Planning
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Micro and Nono litography in design process of architectural structures.

Home institution: University of Warsaw, Department of Microeconomics, Warsaw
Host institution:
Clark University, Department of Economics, Worcester

Grant start date: 2/7/2018
Grant end date:
8/31/2018

Field of study: Economics
Aim of the grant:
Research
Project title:
Incentive compatibility in stated preference valuation methods.

Ewa Zawojska fotoEwa Zawojska is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Warsaw in Poland. Her doctoral research focuses on the use of stated preference surveys to estimate monetary values of public goods that are not traded in markets (for example, clean marine water in the Baltic Sea or a cultural value of theatres). In her dissertation, she seeks to understand how the content of these surveys, such as the type of information provided and the way the questions are formulated, may incentivise truthful responding. Stated preference surveys play an important role in the cost-benefit analysis of public policies (as they allow one to estimate the benefits), as well as in litigation over environmental damages (as they inform one about the value of losses). Recent evidence, however, casts doubt on whether respondents truthfully reveal their preferences in such surveys because the surveys rarely provide economically based incentives for truthful preference disclosure. Ewa’s doctoral research verifies if the lack of economically based incentives indeed results in biased estimates of values of public goods.

Before beginning her Ph.D. in 2013, Ewa graduated with Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Warsaw in Poland and the University of Vienna in Austria. Her research interests include modelling consumers’ preferences, microeconomics and valuation of non-market goods. In her free time, she enjoys horse-riding, mountain hiking and Latin dances.

Fulbright Graduate Student Award

Fulbright Graduate Student Award is a 9-10 months scholarship intended to co-fund first year of graduate studies in the U.S. For the 2017-2018 academic year Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission granted 2 scholarships and 8 renewals in this category.

Graduated from: Cracow University of Technology, Institute of Building Material and Structures, Cracow
Host institution:
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, College Park

Grant start date: 8/21/2017
Grant end date:
5/20/2018

Aim of the grant: study (M.S. in Public Policy)

Wojciech KrawczykMy name is Wojciech Krawczyk and I am originally from the small city of Kozienice. My interests have been focused on global energy issues, therefore, during my studies at the UMD, I will specialize in the energy policy.

I am a graduate of the Cracow University of Technology, Poland, where I majored in Structural Engineering. During my education in high school and college, I was an exchange student twice in order to better understand international relations. As a result, I graduated from high schools in Poland and in the United States. Over my exchange program in Seoul at the Hanyang University, I became an intern at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Seoul.

Since then, I have been professionally involved in the construction of various strategic facilities. Recently, I have been working on power plant projects with an opportunity to construct power plants in various regions of the world within culturally diverse teams. So far, I have studied or worked in Poland, the United States, South Korea, Germany, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates.

I love playing and watching sports. I am a big basketball fan. I also enjoy skiing, soccer, tennis and sailing. Other than that, I like learning new skills and broaden my horizons.

I am privileged to be a Fulbright Scholar and I am eager to make the most out of it.

Graduated from: AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Electronics, Cracow
Host institution:
University of California, Department of Electrical Engineering, Los Angeles

Grant start date: 9/22/2017
Grant end date:
6/21/2018

Aim of the grant: study (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering)

Wojciech Romaszkan fotoWojciech Romaszkan is a graduate of Electronics and Telecommunication at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. During his studies he has taken part in two large-scale research projects: Future Internet Engineering and Cherenkov Telescope Array. He was also an active member of the local IEEE Student Branch – the world’s largest technical professional organization. After graduating he lived in Japan for a year as a Vulcanus in Japan program grantee, where he interned at NEC Corporation. He developed and continues developing Integrated Circuits and FPGA devices for network, cryptographic, video and 3D graphics applications. He will be pursuing his PhD at University of California Los Angeles. In his free time he practices all forms of climbing, swims and travels.

Graduated from: Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdansk
Host institution:
Columbia University, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, New York

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 9/5/2017
Grant end date:
12/22/2017

Aim of the grant: study (M.S. in Civil Engineering)

Bartłomiej Dziuban fotoI grew up in Słupsk, a city in the north of Poland. I graduated in February 2016 from Gdańsk University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. During academic year 2013/2014, I had been on one-year Erasmus exchange program at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona studying Civil Engineering.
Now I am in New York City beginning my Master program with a major in Tunnel Construction at Columbia University. I really excited about being here, because this city and this university have so many things to offer, especially for civil engineers. In my spare time, you can find me travelling, running and playing soccer.
I am deeply honored to have received a Fulbright grant, and I am looking forward to all the opportunities it will bring. I created a blog (columbiadream.blogspot.com), where I post updates from my academic and personal experiences from US.

Graduated from: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Warsaw
Host institution:
State University of New York, Department of Anthropology, Albany

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 8/28/2017
Grant end date:
5/22/2018

Aim of the grant: study (Ph.D in Anthropology)

Michalina Grzelka photoMy name is Michalina Grzelka and I am a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at SUNY at Albany. My general area of interest is medical anthropology/bio-ethics with a focus on Muslim women. I have a Master’s Degree in Arab studies from University of Warsaw and I am fluent in Arabic and English. For the past year, I have developed a series of YouTube lectures about medical issues related to women’s rights in the Middle East. In addition to my interests, I have had the opportunity to work and study across the Arab World. I have completed language courses in Tunis and Damascus and I have had the chance of working in Kuwait for over a year.

Graduated from: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Faculty of Piano, Harpsichord and Organ, Warsaw
Host institution:
Julliard School of Music, Department of Historical Performance, New York

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 9/1/2017
Grant end date:
5/19/2018

Aim of the grant: study (Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance)

Karolina Kluczykowska fotoPolish harpsichordist and native of Krakow. At the age of six she started her piano studies at the “Missio Musica” in Warsaw, later continuing her education at the Jozef Elsner public school on Miodowa Street. She discovered her love for the harpsichord  at that school thanks to receiving lessons given by Professor Lillianna Stawarz. Professor Stawarz inspired her to start her studies at The Frederic Chopin University of Music. After three years there she then traveled to Hamburg, Germany in order to continue her studies at The Hochschule fur Musik und Theater under Professor Menno van Delft. She received her Master’s degree there. Eager the gain more knowledge about early music, she began her postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. She is a prize winner of The Wanda Landowska National Harpsichord Competition in Gdansk and The Academic Harpsichord Competition in Poznan. She took part in courses concerning historically informed performance during the Forum of Early Music at UMFC, International Summer Academy of Early Music in Wilanow, as well as The International Summer School of Early Music in Lidzbark Warminski. Besides repertoire from early music, she is also fascinated by contemporary music – in Hamburg she initiated a concert and workshops dedicated to new harpsichord music. She enjoys working with composers and taking part in the process of creating new works. Apart from music she loves going to the cinema, learning foreign languages, and traveling.

Graduated from: University of Fine Arts in Poznan, Faculty of Artistic Education, Poznan
Host institution:
Pratt Institute, Department of Humanities and Media Studies, New York

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 5/15/2017
Grant end date:
5/12/2018

Aim of the grant: study (M.F.A. in Performance and Performance Studies)

Karolina Kubik fotoDaughter of Bogumiła, sister of Katarzyna, granddaughter of Irena and Czesława, born in Poland, is a visual performance artist, poet, activist.
A graduate and PhD candidate in the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Fine Arts in Poznan; she has participated in projects, collective exhibitions and performance art festivals in Poland and abroad (among others, in Bratislava, Belfast, Berlin, Edinburgh, Kaunas, London, Lviv, Madison, New York, Istanbul, Jerusalem/Tel-Aviv, Skopje, Tartu, Zagreb). Between 2010-2013 she worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Studio of Spatial Activities with prof. Miroslaw Balka at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan 2010/11 and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw 2011/13. She is based in Zelow and Poznan, where she works as a Graduate Assistant in the University of Arts Multimedia Department.
As the recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant, she is currently attending Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) in their MFA in Performance and Performance Studies program.

 

Graduated from: Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Faculty of Vocal and Instrumental Studies, Katowice
Host institution:
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Guitar Department, San Francisco

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 8/14/2017
Grant end date:
5/18/2018

Aim of the grant: study (M.M. in Guitar)

Graduated from: University of Warsaw, The Institute of Applied Linguistics, Warsaw
Host institution:
University of Florida, College of Education, Gainesville

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 8/15/2017
Grant end date:
5/4/2018

Aim of the grant: study (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Aleksandra Olszewska fotoAleksandra Ita Olszewska is currently pursuing a PhD degree in ESOL/ Bilingual Education at the University of Florida College of Education. Professionally, she is a linguist, translator, language teacher, and educator. Aleksandra graduated from the Institute of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw with a specialization in linguistics, teaching, and translating in English and French in 2013. She also
holds a postgraduate degree in Cultural Diplomacy from Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and in Latin American Studies from CESLA at the University of Warsaw. In addition, Aleksandra followed linguistic studies at NEIU in Chicago in 2011 and participated in an Erasmus program at L’Institut supérieur de traducteurs et interprètes in Brussels in 2012.

In 2012-2016, she worked at American School of Warsaw in the Special Education Department in Elementary and Middle School, she taught French in Middle School and worked at the Communications Office. Also, she has taught business and medical English at the Bogdan Janski Academy and LuxMed.

In 2013, she won a European fund for a project which purpose has been to create an innovative portal offering interactive language courses and phrasebook apps. She was responsible for the portal content, translations coordination, the IT and the PR. Professionally, she is interested in bilingualism and innovative teaching methods of language learning. In her free time, Aleksandra is interested in African American and Caribbean culture, jazz and tap dancing. She loves learning foreign langauges and travelling.

Graduated from: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Polish Studies, Warsaw
Host institution:
George Washington University, Department of Judaic Studies, Washington D.C.

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 8/21/2017
Grant end date:
5/20/2018

Aim of the grant: study (M.A. in Jewish Cultural Arts)

Graduated from: Kozminski University, Faculty of Finance and Banking, Warsaw
Host institution:
New York University, Tandon School of Engineering, New York

Renewal of 2016-2017 grant

Grant start date: 9/7/2017
Grant end date:
5/30/2018

Aim of the grant: study (M.S. in Management of Technology)

My name is Piotr Urbanski and I am currently enrolled in the Management of Technology program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The purpose of my study is to understand how advances in technology can be used to protect banking and public sector institutions against the growing threat of cyberwarfare.

I lived and went to school in Warsaw until I finished my first year of Finance and Accounting studies at the Kozminski University. That was the time I decided I need to get out of my comfort zone and gain experience from other countries. I enrolled in the Erasmus exchange program at the Munich Business School where I studied International Business, and after the exchange semester ended I decided to enroll in a full time program at the Munich Business School. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from both universities.

During the time of studies I completed a 1-year internship at Allianz Managed Operations and Services SE in Munich. That is where I gained my first experience in the area of technology oriented projects. It made me aware of how the finance and technology worlds are connected, and the security of moving large amounts of data into cloud was what caught my attention in particular.

In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, sailing and skiing. Traveling is also on top of my priority list as I like to discover new places and meet people with different cultural backgrounds.