Fulbright Slavic Award 2019-2020

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Fulbright Slavic Award is a 3 or 4 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)

3 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.

The call for applications for the 2019-20 academic year runs from November 20, 2018 to January 18, 2019.

“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 3 months (1 quarter).
  • The scholarship starts in March 2020. The quarter begins on March 30, 2020 and ends on June 12, 2020. Departure later than March is not possible. The exact date will be agreed upon with the host University. 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.
  • The course conducted by the grantee is not obligatory for university students, and should therefore appeal to the widest possible audience. Comparative topics concerning broadly understood European and American culture are particularly popular. The previous classes (enjoyed by students) were focused on such topics as: film, popular culture (music, comics, science fiction, etc.), theater, history and Holocaust studies.
  • 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 and its connection with culture and reality of the United States.
  • Classes will be taught in English for a diverse group of students.
  • Syllabus of the course 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:


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 online system application instructions.
  • Do not use Polish characters in the 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 account

  • You need to apply for a grant through IIE’s online application system: http://bit.ly/SlavicAward2019.
  • Your login is the e-mail address used during registration.
  • Keep your login and password in a secure 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 Slate system by January 18, 2019, 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 included in the online 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.

November 20, 2018
Open calls for applications for Fulbright Slavic Award

January 18, 2019
Deadline for the applications.

February 27/28, 2019
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.

March 2019
Information about the candidates nominated by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and approval of the nominees by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board.

April 12, 2019
Pre-departure meeting in Warsaw.

March 2020 (UW) or January 2020 (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