Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2018

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows students and alumni of U.S. higher education institutions to conduct research project for two academic semesters at Polish universities or any other pertinent non-university institutions, such as research labs or archives.

Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines with established relations with the host institution. Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines, with priority given to STEM fields.

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 Berlin Seminar organized by Fulbright Commission in Germany), and engage in public diplomacy by delivering presentations, seminars, and workshops on U.S. higher education and culture across Poland.

Grant duration

9 months (1 academic year).  Shorter grants (of at least 6 months in length) are offered only to candidates in the arts and advanced doctoral candidates.

Grants usually start in October, which is the beginning of the academic year in Poland.

“Living abroad for a year has been a very enlightening experience and is completely different from the experience obtained through tourism.”

– Mark Kozlowski, 2012-13 U.S. Student Researcher

Grant benefits

This award is funded by the governments of the Republic of Poland and the United States of America. Grant benefits are disbursed in Polish zlotys.

  • Stipend for grantee’s living expenses (1300 USD per month)

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

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

  • One-off conference, research, book allowance (1000 USD)

  • 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 grant might also cover full or partial costs of tuition and/or fees, if stipulated by the Host institution in the letter of invitation

“I see my time as a Fulbrighter in Poland as the foundation for an exhilarating intellectual and personal adventure which continues to this day.”

– Tiffany Grobelski, 2005-06 U.S. Student Researcher


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

  • Hold at minimum a bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant

  • Do not hold a doctoral degree at the time 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.


Develop an intellectually-compelling and feasible project or justification for pursuing a graduate degree program: This is the most important factor in presenting a successful application. The first step is to familiarize yourself with the country summary for the program to which you are applying. You should ensure that your Statement of Grant Purpose fits the program guidelines for the host country.

Address the following points:

  • With whom do you propose to work?
  • What do you propose to do?
  • What is innovative about the research?
  • What are the specific research goals and methodologies?
  • What is important or significant about the project?
  • What contribution will the project make toward the Fulbright goal of promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding?
  • When will you carry out the project? Include a rough timeline.
  • Where do you propose to conduct your study or research? Why was this location(s) chosen?
  • Why do you want to undertake this project?
  • Why does the project have to be conducted in the country of application?
  • How will your project help further your academic or professional development?
  • How will you engage with the host country community? Give specific ideas for civic engagement.
  • What are your qualifications for carrying out this project?

Candidates applying through U.S. institutions are urged to consult professors in their major fields or faculty members with experience in the host country, as well as their Fulbright Program Advisers, about the feasibility of their proposed projects. At-Large applicants should consult qualified persons in their fields.

Be clear and concise.

  • The individuals reading the proposal want applicants to get to the point about the ‘who, what, when, where, why and how’ of the project. Avoid discipline-specific jargon.
  • Organize the statement carefully.
  • Don’t make reviewers search for information. We urge you to have several people read and critique the Statement of Grant Purpose, including a faculty adviser, a faculty member outside your discipline, a fellow student, and/or a colleague.

Adhere to the proper format:

  • Length is limited to a maximum of two single-spaced pages. Longer statements will not be presented to the screening committee.
  • Do not include any bibliographies, publications, citations, etc., except those that will fit in the two-page limit.
  • Use 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • At the top of the first page include:
    • On line 1: Statement of Grant Purpose
    • On line 2: Your Name, Country of Application, and Field of Study
    • On line 3: Your Project Title as it appears in the Program Information page of the application
    • On the second page of the Statement, enter the same information or just Grant Purpose, Page

Make it Personal: This statement provides you with an opportunity to introduce yourself to the screening committee members on a personal level. The style is up to you, but the content should convey your background and your motivation for applying to the specific Fulbright Program in question and how this background relates to the proposed project and your future goals.

Do not repeat information from other parts of the application.

Adhere to the proper format:

  • Length is limited to a maximum of one single-spaced pages. Longer statements will not be presented to the screening committee.
  • Use 1-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • At the top of each page include:
    • On line 1: Personal Statement
    • On line 2: Your Name, Country of Application, and Field of Study

According to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) policies 426.4, Medical Studies Candidates who wish to pursue studies as medical students are not eligible. Candidates with medical degrees may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residencies. Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.

The grant might also cover full or partial costs of tuition, fees and/or research expenses (e.g. the cost of laboratory usage, reagents etc.) , if stipulated by the Host institution in the letter of invitation.

The grant might also cover full or partial costs of tuition and/or fees, if stipulated by the Host institution in the letter of invitation.

Alumni of this program