Fulbright Slavic Award 2018-2019

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Fulbright Slavic Award is a 4 or 6 months grant for scholars working in Polish academic institutions who specialize in the culture and history of Poland and East-Central Europe. The grant allows to teach classes at one of the following universities that cooperate with the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission:

University of Washington in Seattle (UW)

6 months grant: courses on literature, film or cultural studies, in a historical, social or political perspective, centered around Polish culture.

University of Illinois w Chicago (UIC)

4 months grant: courses on cultural studies, gender studies or film/media studies in the context of Central and Eastern Europe.

Application for the 2018-19 academic year is now closed. Application for the 2019-20 academic year will be announced on November 2018.

“The majority of students taking my courses had Polish roots and it was interesting to see how their preconceptions about Poland changed during the course.”

– Dr. Tomasz Łysak
2010-11 Slavic Award, University of Washington in Seattle

Purpose and conditions of the grant

The final form and content of the courses will be agreed upon by the grantees and host universities.

University of Washington w Seattle, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures:

  • Offers a grant for 6 months (2 quarters).
  • The grant may begin no sooner than September 2018. The exact date will be agreed upon with the host university. Departure later than September is not possible. The terms required by the host institution should be considered binding in the application.
  • The grantee will be teaching one course per quarter (10 weeks), which amounts to four hours per week, for undergraduate or graduate students. She/he will also be required to have two office hours per week.
  • In addition, in February 2019, the grantee will be responsible for organizing the Polish stand at the FIUTS Cultural Fest in cooperation with the Polish Student Association.
  • Suggested course topics: literary studies; political, historical and historical analysis of Polish films, literature or art, influence of political and social changes in former Soviet Bloc countries as seen in literature, film or art, courses on Polish history and/or history of Polish art. Courses are not only for the students of the Department of Slavic Languages ​​and Literatures.
  • Syllabus of two courses should include bibliography in English and take into account duration of the course (10 weeks) and diverse interests and academic experience of the students. Courses are not inclusive for students of the Department of Slavic Languages ​​and Literatures.

University of Illinois at Chicago, The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics:

  • Offers a grant for 4 months (1 semester).
  • The grant may begin no sooner than January 2019. The exact date will be agreed upon with the host university. Departure later than January is not possible. The terms required by the host institution should be considered binding in the application.
  • The grantee will be teaching two courses: one for undergraduate and one for graduate students.
  • It would be preferred (but not required) that the grantee is able to include topics associated with Russian culture.
  • Suggested course topics: Introduction to the history of Polish cinema; European Cinema (with the emphasis on Eastern and Central Europe); Gender, Popular Culture, Literature and Culture of Eastern-Central Europe.
  • Classes will be taught in English for a diverse group of students. Bibliography for courses should be primarily in English.


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 five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived in the United States for nine 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 (nine months) during the past five years.
  • Meet the formal requirements of J-1 visa.
  • Hold, at minimum, a Ph.D. degree and a position of an Assistant Professor level or higher at an academic institution in Poland.
  • Have a very good command of the English language.
  • Submit the Embark application along with the required Application Documents on time.

Benefits for grantee

The grantee receives a Visiting Scholar status at one of the institutions co-financing the program (UW or UIC) which allows him/her to teach classes and use the office space, scientific facilities, and libraries of the host university.

The monthly stipend and additional allowances are approved each year by the Board of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. The grant covers:

  • Travel allowance for the grantee’s round trip to the U.S. (1500 USD).
  • The cost of living expenses. The amount is based on the rates agreed upon with the Institute of International Education (3100 USD per month).
  • Relocation and settling-in allowance (1300 USD).
  • Research and conference allowance (300 USD).
  • Allowance for one dependent family member provided that the dependent accompanies the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period (250 USD per person monthly).

J-1 visa for the grantee and J-2 visas for the accompanying family members are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and are subject to the 2-year home-country physical presence requirement.

The grantee’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) will be provided by the U.S. Department of State.

During the whole grant period, the grantee will have the ongoing support of the Fulbright Commission, host institution, and IIE – the institution administering the Fulbright program in the U.S.

Almost 400 thousand scientists, artists, journalists, and politicians from 160 countries stand behind the worldwide success of the Fulbright Program. The award allows potential grantees to join this prestigious group of Fulbright alumni and build new and valuable connections via International Exchange Alumni network.


  • Follow the Embark system application instructions.
  • Do not use Polish characters in the Embark system, including first and last names.
  • In question no. 3 (Special Award Name), write “Slavic Award at the University of Washington in Seattle” or “Slavic Award at the University of Illinois at Chicago” depending on the university you have chosen to apply to.
  • Recommendation letters must be submitted by the referees in the Embark system before the applicant’s submission of the Embark application. The applicant should monitor in the system if the letters were delivered or not in the system.
  • All attachments should be prepared as .PDF files.

2. Create an Embark account

  • You need to apply for a grant through the Embark system: https://goo.gl/RYtAfP
  • Your login is the e-mail address used during registration.
  • Keep your login and password in a safe place.
  • You can login into the system multiple times. There is no need to complete the application in one sitting.

3. Prepare all necessary application documents

  • All documents should be in English.

4. Fill in the Address form available here.

5. Submit the application

  • The complete application should be submitted through the Embark system by January 8, 2018, 11:59 PM. Incomplete submissions or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Documents sent in paper form or after the deadline will not be accepted.

The following documents should be attached to the Embark application form:

  • Project Statement with bibliography in MLA format.
  • Detailed syllabi of the proposed courses and a bibliography in MLA format.
  • Curriculum vitae with candidate’s accomplishments, including awards and publications in scientific journals.
  • Document confirming current employment at a Polish academic institution.
  • Document confirming an exceptional command of English at the C1 level or higher, e.g. test/exam results or language certificate (doctoral examination in the English language will also be accepted) or diploma of studies completed in English with a supplement or list of grades.
  • Three recommendation letters submitted by referees through the Embark system.
  • January 8, 2018 – Deadline for the applications.
  • January 30/31 – Interviews with candidates approved for the second stage of the competition conducted by the representatives of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and host universities.
  • February 2018 – Information about the candidates nominated by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and approval of the nominees by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board.
  • Maj 2018 – Pre-departure meeting in Warsaw.
  • September 2018 (UW) or January 2019 (UIC) – Departure to the United States.

“The position of the Fulbright Lecturer gives scholars an opportunity to get acquainted with the American university system and to interact with students and faculty. In addition to their teaching duties, scholars give lectures, participate in conferences, conduct academic research, and publish after their return to Poland.”

University of Washington in Seattle
Polish Studies Endowment Committee


Program Officer