Awards are granted through a competition open to researchers and lecturers of all fields from higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units in Poland except for projects which require direct contact with patients. Awards are offered for 3 to 9 month periods.

During the stay, the grantee conducts his/her project at a U.S. higher education institution, non-for-profit research institute, or government institution. In addition to research, candidates may also teach classes (preliminary approval of the syllabus by the host institution is required).

The competition is closed. Competition for the academic year 2019-2020 will be announced 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 employed as researchers and/or lecturers in higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes, or other scientific units in Poland
  • Hold, at a minimum, a Ph.D. degree
  • Have a very good command of the English language
  • Meet formal requirements of J-1 visa
  • Candidates with a Ph.D. and a “habilitation” degree or with a professor rank affiliated with a higher education institution are eligible to apply only if they plan to teach classes with students in addition to the research project.

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:

  • Project Statement with substantiation on why the research and/or teaching project should be conducted at the selected institution in the U.S. and a thorough bibliography in the MLA format
  • Current certificate of employment at a higher education institution, research institute, Polish Academy of Science unit, international scientific institute, or other scientific unit in Poland
  • Current invitation letter issued by the head of the hosting unit in the U.S. for the purpose of the competition
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of accomplishments, including awards, publications, and patent applications
  • Document confirming candidate’s exceptional command of the English language at the B2 level or higher
  • 3 letters of recommendation submitted by the recommending individuals through the Embark system
  • Candidates who plan to teach classes are required to submit syllabus of the proposed classes including a thorough bibliography in the MLA format and a document confirming the preliminary approval of the syllabus by the host institution.
  • Applicants must also submit an 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 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. These evaluations are what determines the list of candidates recommended for interviews. The list is presented to the Board.
  3. Selection Committee holds interviews with candidates in the English language. Candidates are evaluated in accordance with an 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 family allowance for the dependent family if the family accompanies the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period
  • 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

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