NAWA: “Solidarity with Ukraine” grants for Ukrainian refugees available starting March 15

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The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange NAWA, due to the war in Ukraine and out of solidarity with the academic and scientific community of Ukraine, will take steps to support those wishing to study in Poland as part of a government initiative. All around the central theme: “Solidarity with Ukraine”.

Thanks to the “Solidarity with Ukraine” initiative implemented by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, Ukrainian students and doctoral students will have the opportunity to study in Poland, carry out work related to the preparation of their doctoral dissertation or participate in other forms of education (language or preparatory courses) between March and September 2022.

In addition to the tuition waiver, a scholarship will be paid to the participants. Moreover, psychological and legal assistance will also be provided to everyone if necessary.
Eligibility for the programme requires:

  • citizenship of Ukraine
  • arrival in Poland no earlier than 24 February 2022
  • the status as a student of a Ukrainian university in the academic year 2021/2022 or the status as a participant of doctoral studies (aspirantura) in the academic year 2021/2022.
  • In order to confirm your arrival, you must register at the reception point after crossing the border (or at one of the stations with such a point).

The program is being implemented by NAWA on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health. The participants do not need to be recruited for the entire duration of the “Solidarity with Ukraine” programme. They can be admitted any time between 1 March and 30 September 2022. The programme will be implemented by those institutions, which will express their engagement in the initiative starting from 15th of March 2022.

All the activities are similar to those previously prepared by NAWA as part of the “Solidarity with Belarus” campaign in connection with the repressions following the non-democratic election in Belarus and were well received by both the beneficiaries and the universities.

It should be noted that Ukrainians are currently the most numerous group among foreign students in Poland. According to Statistics Poland (GUS), in the academic year 2008/2009 there were 2,831 Ukrainian students in our country, and in 2020/2021 there were as many as 38,473. They account for 45.4% of all foreigners studying in our country.

Information on the support for students and doctoral students and details of the “Solidarity with Ukraine” initiative are available on the NAWA website: and, as well as on the dedicated channel: and on profiles – NAWA Україна (@nawaukraine) – in social media.