Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers grants for 4 to 9 months through a competition open to college and university faculty, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and  independent scholars. There are 4 award categories available: Distinguished Chair, Lecturer, Researcher and Lecturer/Researcher. During the stay at a higher education institution, research institute, Polish Academy of Science unit, international scientific institute, or other scientific unit, the grantee conducts a program of lectures and other engagements proposed in his/her application that are accepted by the host institution and/or the Fulbright Commission, and/or his/her research project.

Applications are accepted from candidates from all fields. For further information please visit Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards.

Competition for the 2018-19 academic year is open from February 1 to August 1, 2017.

Grant offer

  • Monthly stipend
  • Travel allowance for grantee’s round trip to Poland
  • One-off relocation and settling-in allowance
  • One-off conference allowance
  • One-off research allowance
  • 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.
  • Limited health care benefit plan for the grantee

Duration of the grant

Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of four to nine months, as specified in the award description.

Individuals eligible to apply

  • Are U.S. citizens (green card holders are not eligible to apply)
  • Have not resided outside the United States for 5 or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived outside of the United States for 9 months (or more) during a calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year. Additionally, preference is given to those candidates who have not had substantial recent experience outside the United States, especially in Poland, which is defined as a period aggregating more than an academic year (9 months) during the past 5 years. Duty abroad in the U.S. Armed Forces does not apply in this section
  • Have not participated in the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar program or the Fulbright Specialist program within the past 2 years (candidates who complete the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant or the Fulbright Specialist grant must wait 2 years from the completion of their grant to apply for the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant)
  • Hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree at the time of application
  • Candidates outside academe (e.g., professionals, artists) with recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments as specified in the award description

Competition procedure

In order to take part in the competition the candidate must timely submit a complete grant application to CIES in line with the currently applicable requirements of the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program (available at the Fulbright Scholar Program website administered by CIES). Information on the required application documents and application submission procedures is provided by CIES.

CIES performs a formal check of applications and assembles a committee to review the applications. CIES selects the best candidates and recommends them to the Fulbright Commission, providing a list of candidates with full documentation for further evaluation process. The list of candidates recommended by CIES is concurrently sent for FFSB’s approval.

Fulbright Commission’s staff performs preliminary evaluation of the applications. The list of candidates recommended for interviews is presented to the Board.

Selection Committee holds interviews with candidates in the English language. Candidates are evaluated in accordance with the established evaluation criteria.


Feb. 1

Program application opens

Aug. 1

Application deadline


Application processing


Discipline Peer-Review


Regional Peer Review


Overseas Post & Commission Review


FFSB final selection


Final notifications

Program Officer

Frequently Asked Questions

We only accept online applications. Please read the application guidelines before beginning your application.

Polish language ability, if applicable, must commensurate with project’s requirements.

Wszystkie załączniki powinny być w języku angielskim:

  1. Opis projektu dydaktycznego (tzw. Project Statement).
  2. Szczegółowe sylabusy proponowanych zajęć wraz z bibliografią w formacie MLA.
  3. Życiorys wraz z listą osiągnięć, w tym nagród oraz publikacji w czasopismach naukowych.
  4. Aktualne zaświadczenie o zatrudnieniu w polskiej placówce o charakterze dydaktycznym lub badawczym.
  5. Dokument poświadczający bardzo dobrą znajomość języka angielskiego na poziomie nie niższym niż C1, np. wynik zdanego testu/egzaminu/certyfikat językowy (uznawane jest również zaświadczanie o zaliczeniu egzaminu doktorskiego z języka angielskiego) lub dyplom ukończenia studiów w języku angielskim wraz z suplementem lub wykazem ocen.
  6. Trzy listy rekomendacyjne, które osoby rekomendujące wystawiają za pośrednictwem systemu Embark.
  7. Formularz adresowy wraz z listą kontrolną (dostępne tutaj).

If you do not have a contact, your goal is to determine the name of an appropriate faculty member for a specific discipline or subfield within that discipline. Once you have determined possible hosts, write to those faculty members a description of who you are (an attached C.V. can be helpful) and what you want to do while in that country. Note that when you plan to apply for a Fulbright grant, the application requires a letter of invitation. There may be several communications before a letter is forthcoming, but this method often works.

FFSB reiterated its strong preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities to be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant, as stipulated in section 624.2 of the Fulbright Program Policies. Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant.

There is no “formula” for a successful grant. Each individual’s application should be about the candidate, how the grant time will be spent, and what outcomes can be reasonably expected. What is successful for one applicant may not be effective for another applicant. A responsible program officer is a good point of contact for discussions on how to shape a competitive application. Also, see application guidelines for tips on how to make your application more competitive.

According to FFSB policy, CIES and the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission cannot give applicants the specific reasons for selection or non-selection. If you are interested in reapplying, you are encouraged to contact the CIES country or regional lead, who can provide general guidance on reapplying.