Awards are granted through a competition open to lecturers and researchers of academic of higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units in Poland, in all fields, to primarily undertake teaching activities supporting the U.S. host institution and local community. Awards are offered for a semester or full academic year.

During the stay at the U.S. institution, the grantee conducts lectures and performs other engagements agreed upon with the host institution and, optionally, his/her own research project. Polish grantees are either named specifically by the host institution or selected through a recruitment process administered by CIES/U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Commission.

Priority is given to host institutions that are minority-serving institutions, community colleges and liberal arts colleges located in rural areas.

The competition is closed. Please refer to the Polish version of this page for more details.

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 lecturers or researchers and 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

The rules of the competition, formal criteria and requirements may be subject to change by CIES/U.S. Department of State; the Fulbright Commission is obliged to accept and enforce such changes.

Application process

In order to take part in the competition:

  • The host institution must timely submit a complete application to CIES in line with the currently applicable requirements of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (available at the Fulbright Scholar Program website administered by CIES).
  • The candidate must timely submit a complete grant application to the Fulbright Commission in line with the currently applicable requirements of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (provided by the Fulbright Commission), including the data processing consent form.

Competition procedure

The competition procedure consists of the following stages:

  1. STAGE 1: CIES assembles a committee to review all applications submitted to the competition by host institutions and recommends the best applications to the U.S. Department of State.
  2. STAGE 2:  Candidates from Poland may be awarded by either of 2 procedures:
    • A candidate named by the host institution submits an application in line with the currently applicable requirements of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program received from the Fulbright Commission and attends an interview at the Fulbright Commission’s offices. The candidate’s evaluation and recommendation is transmitted to CIES.
    • Should information be received from CIES that there is a request for a candidate from Poland, the Fulbright Commission announces a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence award competition at higher education institutions, research institutes, Polish Academy of Science units, international scientific institutes and other scientific units in Poland. Fulbright Commission’s staff evaluates submitted applications, holds interviews with candidates and provides CIES with a list of recommended candidates. CIES in collaboration with the host institution selects the best candidate.
  3. STAGE 3: U.S. Department of State and FFSB make the final award decision.

Benefits

The grant is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State. The financial information is available at the CIES website.

More information

Details about the application process, required documents and deadlines can be found at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars’ website: cies.org/program/fulbright-scholar-residence-program.

Program Officer