Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2018

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The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers American academics, artists or professionals opportunity to lecture and/or conduct research at Polish institutions.

Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. The Commission strongly encourages candidates in the fields of of science, technology, media literacy and cybersecurity to apply.

Beside the research, grantees have the opportunity to participate in variety of enrichment activities (such as EU/NATO Seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in Belgium or Inter-Country Travel Grant), and engage in public diplomacy by delivering presentations, seminars, and workshops on U.S. higher education and culture across Poland.

Grant duration

Research projects
3 to 9 months.

Teaching projects
4 to 9 months

Since the academic year in Poland starts in October, teaching activities cannot start prior to that date. Research activities can be commenced in September (in well justified cases they can begin a few weeks earlier).

“My time in Poland cemented my deep passion for international law. The perspective I gained from living in Poland and “listening” to European culture gives me a new goal of trying to better bridge the American and European perspectives on international law.”

– William Austin, 2017-18 U.S. Scholar

Grant benefits

This award is funded by the governments of the Republic of Poland and the United States of America.  All grant benefits are disbursed in Polish zlotys (PLN).

  • Monthly stipend for grantee’s living expenses (Assistant Professor: $2,300, Associate Professor: $2,600, Full Professor: $2,900, Distinguished Chair: $4,400).

  • Travel allowance for grantee’s round trip to Poland (1500 USD).

  • One-off relocation and settling-in allowance (800 USD).

  • Conference, research, book allowance (150 USD per month).

  • Monthly family allowance for the dependent family, if the family accompanies the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period (250 USD per month per family member), and is listed as a dependent in the Embark application.

  • Private health care benefit plan for the grantee (Allianz).

  • Accident and Sickness program for exchanges (ASPE).

  • Participation in events: Orientation (late September), Thanksgiving Dinner (November), Mid-Year Meeting (February) and End-of-the-Year Meeting (June).

  • Administrative and academic support through the Fulbright Commission and Host Institution in Poland.

“The reality of living outside the U.S., and learning to enjoy every day while observing each cultural difference was priceless. The experience in the lab was outstanding, and the hospitality and the level of scientific collaboration was world class. I was fortunate to scratch the surface of the Polish language, and I learned that a little goes a long way.”

– Louis Rios-Hernandez, 2015-16 U.S Scholar


Individuals eligible to apply:

  • Are U.S. citizens (green card holders are not eligible to apply)

  • Hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree at the time of application

  • Have not resided outside the United States for 5 or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application

  • Have not participated in the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar program or the Fulbright Specialist program within the past 2 years preceding the date of application

  • Preference is given to candidates who have not had substantial recent experience outside the United States, especially in Poland

Application procedure and deadlines

For application procedure and deadlines please follow websites listed below. If you have any questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Program Officer.

Program Officer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Identify an appropriate affiliation for your project: The affiliation is your proposed host in the country to which you are applying. Fulbrighters have used a number of methods to contact potential hosts and solicit support for their projects. One primary method is to use the contacts and advisers that you already have. Ask current or former professors to put you into contact with appropriate people in the host country. If the proposal contains a strong research component, you must have host country contacts that can support the research, provide access to required resources, and/or advise you during the grant period. It is your responsibility to identify, contact, and secure an affiliation from a potential adviser.

Potential avenues to identify an appropriate affiliation/host country adviser include:

  • Faculty at your home campus.
  • International students.
  • Visiting Fulbright Professors in the U.S. or U.S. Fulbright Scholars who had grants to your host country. Directories are available here.
  • Internet searches of faculty at potential host institutions with your interests, or organizations in the host country that work with issues related to your topic.
  • Other U.S. academics with expertise in the location/subject matter of the proposed project.
  • Contacts from previous experience abroad.
  • Educational Advising sections of Embassies or Consulates of your potential host country.

Start early: Obtaining an affiliation letter from overseas can be a time-consuming process and sufficient lead time must be given to receive signed affiliation letters before the application deadline.

Request the Affiliation Letter: After identifying the appropriate host institution and the individual at that institution best suited to serve as an adviser for the proposed project, make contact with the potential adviser to determine if he/she is willing to write an affiliation letter. Before requesting the letter, you should provide the author with a copy of the Statement of Grant Purpose. The affiliation letter should indicate the author’s willingness to work with you on the intended project and it should speak to the feasibility and validity of what is being proposed. The letter should also indicate any additional resources or contacts that the adviser can provide to support the work.

  • Scanned versions of the original hard-copy letters with hand-written signatures should be uploaded into the application, and the letter writers can either send the original hard-copy letters or electronic copies to the applicants.
  • IIE will not accept any affiliation letters via email or fax.
  • Since affiliation letters are not confidential, you will upload the letter yourself into the online application system. Affiliation letters written in a foreign language must be translated into English and both the original letters and the English-language translations must be uploaded into the application.
  • Instructions on uploading letters of affiliation are available in the online application system.

Adhere to the proper format:

  • The affiliation letter must be printed on institutional letterhead and must be signed by the author.
  • Copies of email correspondence will not be accepted.

Preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant.  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. (For serial grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.) Additional Fulbright policies are available here.

Your application will be reviewed in a two-tiered process, first by discipline then by country/region. Comments from U.S. scholars in your discipline will be shared with a panel of U.S. academics and professionals who have experience in the world area to which you applied.  All candidates will be notified after the country/region review meeting is held in Washington, D.C., sometime in the fall. More specific guidelines are found in our review criteria.

Recommended candidates are simultaneously forwarded to our counterparts abroad, as well as to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Department of State (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) for final decisions and confirmation. Grantees are informed of the decisions sometime in the spring. Notification Timeline

Most lecturers teach in English. If you are applying for a research award, your foreign language ability must meet the needs of the project. Be certain to indicate in your methodology discussion how you will need to use the language, since activities vary and reviewers should not have to make assumptions.

Yes, the Fulbright Scholar Program welcomes scholars and professionals at all stages of their careers. As is required of all applicants, the project statement should address the expected benefits of the Fulbright grant to you (professionally and personally), to the United States (how will you share your experience when you return?), and to your host institution.

Final selections are based on feedback from the U.S. peer review committees as well as posts and the Commission. All Parties operate in conformity with the policies of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). According to FFSB policy, bothe IIE and the Commission cannot give applicants the specific reasons for selection or non-selection. If you are interested in reapplying, you are encouraged to contact the Commission’s U.S. Scholar Program Officer, who can provide general guidance on reapplying.

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