Scholarships and funding

There are a number of scholarships available within the limits defined in bilateral agreements. They are financed either by the Polish or the foreign partner’s government, often with the aim to enhance exchange within a specific field of study. The amount of a scholarship depends on the type of study undertaken.

Public universities:

Private universities:

The City cares for its students and appreciates their contribution to the development of science. Therefore, each year the City Office organises competitions and awards scientific, artistic and sport scholarships to the most talented students.

The Mayor’s competition for the best thesis dedicated to economic issues enjoys high popularity. Master’s, engineer’s, bachelor’s and doctor’s theses relating to broad-based economic development of Lublin can be entered for the competition, defended no earlier than 2018. It is a unique opportunity for the winners, as in addition to the valuable and prestigious prize of PLN 6,000, the winning thesis may reach a large audience and have a real influence on the development of Lublin and the activities of the City Office. It is also worth noting that when doing research for the thesis, the authors can count on support from the Lublin City Office.

Contact person:
Barbara Kostecka – Wiącek
Phone: +48 (81) 466 25 15

More information here.

Academic scholarship Mayor of Lublin is aimed at students I or II degree and doctoral student,  full-time studies, who in the last two academic years before applying for the scholarship conducted scientific or artistic activity which might contribute to the development of Lublin and the region or make a significant contribution to the development of science.

The scholarship may be awarded to one person:

  • once in the course of higher education (first or second degree, or uniform Master’s studies);
  • once during the doctoral studies

Applications for scholarships will be accepted within:
from 1 to 31 October
in the Faculty of Education of the City of Lublin,
ul. Narutowicza 37/39,
from 7.30 to 15.30.

Additional information can be obtained at the Department of Education of the City of Lublin in the room. No. 7 and phone +48 (81) 466 39 82.

An application for a scholarship will be available soon.

Scholarships are available to individuals enrolled in:

  • 5-year straight-to-master’s programs
  • 3-year undergraduate programs
  • 2-year master’s programs
  • doctoral programs
  • research projects

The foundation covers accommodation in the John Paul II Foundation House (men) or a residence hall of the Catholic University of Lublin (women), administration fees, living expenses and minor personal expenses. Scholarships are awarded for nine months (October to June)

Contact and information:

ul. Boczna Lubomelskiej 2
20-070 Lublin, Poland
Phone: + 48 81 532 2059
Phone: + 48 81 532 1510

More information about the recruitment process, application deadlines, responsibilities and amount of scholarships here.

If you are socially active, like engaging in various projects and developing your skills for academic community – we would like to present you with an exceptional offer! We are currently looking for creative and talented people with remarkable artistic, scientific, social and sporting achievements.

Starting from April 2020, UMCS launches a III edition of the programme for international students who are interested in studying in Poland and eager to apply for academic courses with a full tuition waiver. Within the framework of the above-mentioned initiative, prepared by our University, each of 12 faculties provides places with the full tuition waiver scholarships. Among said faculties there are eight courses offered in English including: International Relations (BA), International Relations (MA), Tourism Management (BSc), Intercultural Communication in Education and Workplace (MA), Graphic Arts (MA), Education and Therapy (MA), Medical Biology (BA) and Business Analytics (BA), which provide opportunity for such scholarship.

Benefits for  successful applicants:

  • full tuition waiver scholarship;
  • opportunity to participate in integrative events with students’ organizations;
  • chance to gain valuable experience within the ranks of students’ organizations which cover various areas of interest;
  • opportunity to organize events on different topics e.g. presenting the applicant’s country of origin and many others;
  • chance to be an active part of the social media sphere of the University;
  • psychological, educational and career counselling;
  • opportunity to participate in trainings organized by Competence & Career Development Office at UMCS which aim to develop social and professional skills of students;
  • chance for development of applicant’s own interest with the aid of thematic organizations in Lublin;
  • opportunity to benefit from conveniences prepared within the framework of Programme for Graduates.

Dr Ewelina Panas
Terms and conditions:,16606.htm

This is an extremely interesting scholarship program. This is a program of the scholarship fund of Peter Mrochyk, the last leader of the Polish radio „Free Europe”, who died in 2007. This Fund was created by the „Zacny Uczynek” Foundation as a recognition of education and science in the sphere of university life, and in particular their role in the aspect of deepening cooperation, eliminating divisions and existing inequalities among cultures and nations. The scholarship is directed to full-time MA and PhD students. Thanks to the sponsor of this scholarship, journalism is a prevailing direction, but the scholarship program is also intended for students of political sciences in international relations and philosophy students of the UMCS.


Marta Wolińska:
Phone: +48 (81) 537 58 79

More information you can find here.

NAWA implements programmes of academic exchange as part of bilateral agreements and bilateral cooperation with, inter alia, the following countries: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium Wallonia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, Hungary, Vietnam, Italy.

The objective of the Programme is to increase the level of internationalisation of Polish higher education and to create opportunities to establish or strengthen existing academic cooperation among Polish and foreign institutions of the higher education and science system. The offer for incoming students and scientists as part of the Programme will allow to increase the number of foreign students and academic staff in Polish universities and will positively affect the increase in the educational advancement and specialist competence in developing countries which Poland has signed appropriate agreements with. Thanks to the exchange of students and scientists under international agreements, relationships between partner countries will be developed, mutual understanding, trust and respect will be strengthened. The Programme will allow to strengthen the positive image of Poland as a country with attractive and competitive educational and scientific opportunities. Moreover, it will contribute to popularising the knowledge of Polish language and Polish culture in partner countries.

The visits under the Programme may last from 3 days to 12 months in a given academic year – depending on the provisions of the agreement on a basis of which cooperation is executed. If the international agreement provides for paying a scholarship by the host party, the Programme provides financing of this scholarship to cover the maintenance costs of the Beneficiary at the Polish academic centre. If the international agreement provides for paying a scholarship by the sending party, the scholarship is paid by the sending party, in a manner and amount provided for by the legislation of the sending country.

NOTE: NAWA does not accept individual declarations. It is necessary for the Applicant to be officially declared by a foreign partner institution as part of the valid international agreement or bilateral cooperation. Partner institutions accept declarations within time-limits they indicated.

In the case of traineeships, part-time studies or study visits, holding an invitation from the host centre or confirmation of existing cooperation is a prerequisite to obtain a scholarship.

We invite you to become familiar with the content of the Regulations of the Programme

The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme aims to support the socio-economic growth of developing countries by improving the knowledge and education of the citizens of Eastern Partnership, Central Asian and Western Balkan countries. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), implemented as part of the Polish development assistance programme. The Programme’s patron is Stefan Banach – an eminent Polish mathematician, the co-founder of the Lviv School of Mathematics and the branch of mathematics known as functional analysis.

The Programme offers an opportunity to pursue second-cycle studies in the full-time mode in the field of engineering and technical, agricultural, applied and life sciences at public and non-public universities subordinate to the Minister of Science and Higher Education, benefiting from an exemption from public university fees and a monthly Scholarship from NAWA in the statutory period of studying in Poland.

The Scholarship offer is addressed to the citizens of countries identified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as having priority status for the Programme: Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, as well as the following Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The candidates shall be qualified under the competition procedure, based on the results of an interview conducted by an Evaluation Committee appointed by the Director of NAWA, composed of the academic researchers representing Polish higher education institutions. The candidates themselves select the university and the field of study, based on the educational offer of Polish higher education institutions.

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One of the basic objectives of NAWA is initiating and supporting student mobility. This objective is to be implemented by means of founding programmes aiming at enhancing the level of internationalisation of the Polish higher education institutions, as well as enabling Polish students to gain international experience.

What programmes for students?

NAWA offers both outgoing and incoming programmes. We are currently offering scholarship programmes for foreign students as part of the development assistance (co-funded by the Foreign Ministry) and a scholarship programme for individuals of Polish origin. Polish students get the mobility opportunity being part of the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies (CEEPUS) – the second after Erasmus+ biggest student exchange programme in Poland – and under bilateral agreements entered into with third-party countries.

Next student mobility programmes are planned to be launched over the upcoming years.

What will get our finance support?

NAWA funds will be channeled in the form of scholarships to foreign students who study in Poland or Polish students who are on their partial studies or study visits abroad. The monthly grant amount will differ depending on the programme and study level.

Evaluation of Applications

The NAWA applications will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Act. All applications submitted as part of the call for proposals will be evaluated for their formal and substantive aspect. The formal evaluation will be made by the NAWA staff. The method for evaluating the content of the applications will depend on a programme and will be laid down in each programme’s rules.


One of NAWA’s fundamental tasks is to initiate and implement measures supporting the process of internationalisation at Polish HEIs and scientific institutions. Delivering on this task will be aided by programmes whose focus lies in supporting the establishment of international partnerships, developing HEI potential in terms of the curriculum offer and preparing the organisational infrastructure to accommodate internationalisation.

The list of fields of study, level of education, obtained professional titles, forms of education and universities offering a given field of study can be found in the Polon system on the website:

The Poland My First Choice scholarship programme aims to encourage young talented people from the countries listed below to pursue studies at the best Polish HEIs.

The Programme offers an opportunity to pursue full-time second-cycle studies at public and private HEIs on all fields of study offered by institutions offering education at highest level – i.e. those classified to the A and A+ category under the latest parametric evaluation – subordinate to the Minister of Science and Higher Education, with a monthly NAWA scholarship amounting to PLN 2,000 (ca. EUR 460) to cover the living allowance during the period of education in Poland specified in the Regulations. In the case of public HEIs, the Programme also offers an exemption from education fees. The Programme provides the participants with an opportunity to study in Polish or in another language. The Applicants select HEIs and fields of study in which they want to enrol based on the educational offer of Polish higher education institutions and apply for the curriculum of their choice. Final decisions regarding admissions of Applicants and financial conditions of education shall be made by HEIs.

The scholarship offer is addressed to foreigners – the citizens of the following countries (below) as well as to Chinese citizens residing in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

The Programme does not provide for a call for applications for fields of study offered by HEIs supervised by other ministries.

The Programme is implemented as part of a non-competition project under the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development, co-financed from the European Social Fund. More information here.

Detailed information for applicants:

Department of Programmes for Students
Phone: +48 (22) 390 35 73

About the Programme

The objective of the Programme is to promote Polish language in the world by enabling foreigners interested in Polish language and Polish culture to study or carry out research projects in Poland. The Programme is addressed to students of Polish philology, Polish studies or Polish programs implemented among others as part of Slavic studies (in the field of Polish language, Polish culture and knowledge about Poland) as well as to scientists from foreign universities and scientific institutions.


During the stay at a Polish university, NAWA Scholarship Holders may develop their interest in Polish matters by participating in lectures and classes in accordance with the program of selected studies, conducting research, carrying out scientific projects, collecting materials for their thesis or scientific work, improving the command of Polish language as well as using resources of libraries, universities and archives.

As part of the Programme, partial studies (one or two semesters) or full second cycle studies may be implemented. Applicants shall choose the university at which they plan to study by themselves. The field of studies chosen by the Applicant should be consistent with the program of studies carried out at the Home university. The Applicant has to obtain the consent of the Host university to undertake studies, and in the case of candidates for full studies – has to successfully complete the recruitment procedure at the selected university.


Under the Programme, Scientists from foreign academic and research centres may realize at Polish universities and scientific institutions research projects lasting from 3 to 12 months the purpose of which is, among others, conducting scientific research (including in cooperation with Polish scientists), obtaining research materials or scientific publications, postdoctoral internship, conducting classes at the Host centre, intensive learning of Polish language.

During the recruitment proceedings, the Applicants have to submit the invitation from the Host Centre confirming its readiness to host NAWA Scholarship Holder.

The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (Polish: Narodowa Agencja Wymiany Akademickiej – NAWA within the framework of Polish Development Assistance.

The patron of the Programme is Ignacy Łukasiewicz, an outstanding Polish inventor, pharmacist, pioneer of the oil industry and the creator of the kerosene lamp.

The Programme aim is to support the socio-economic growth of developing countries (excluding European and Central Asian countries) through raising the level of knowledge and education of their citizens.Scholarship holders will be first recruited from the following countries: Angola, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, The Republic of South Africa, The Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam.

Participation in the Programme enable to undertake tuition-free 2nd cycle studies (Master degree studies) at public universities in Poland supervised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, in the following areas of study: engineering and technical sciences, agricultural sciences, sciences and natural sciences.

Second cycle degree programmes are preceded by a preparatory course to facilitate undertaking studies in Poland, which is also covered by the scholarship. The preparatory course is aimed at teaching the scholarship holders the Polish language, familiarising them with Polish culture and introducing them to subjects related to the course of their future studies.

Participating in The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme is a good path for those who would like to improve their intercultural competences. Not only does it give a possibility to become familiar with the Polish culture, but also is a great opportunity to join the multicultural network.

Candidates are selected on the basis of the calls for proposals announced on the annual basis.

Application process for the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme is operated by NAWA’s ICT system, available at

Information for applicants:

Phone: +48 (22) 390 35 78

The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program is funded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and administered by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. Its main objective is to share Polish experiences in economic, social and political transformations within the framework of a two-semester extended study program (for holders of Master’s degree) in Polish institutions of higher education and two- to four-week professional internships in governmental and private institutions.

Scholarships included 1,750 PLN (for 9 months), education-related costs, accommodation in Poland, a return ticket, and academic materials. Computers leased to students become their property after the completion of the program.


The recruitment process is announced in January with the application deadline in March. Approximately 50 of the best candidates are selected by an independent committee. The recruitment process has three phases and includes formal and substantive evaluation of proposals and interviews with:

  • academic teachers
  • experts, politicians, government employees
  • managers
  • NGO leaders, animators of cultural and civic activity
  • journalists

Contact and information:
Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program Coordinator
skype: urszula.sobiecka

More information about the recruitment process, application deadlines, responsibilities and amount of scholarships here.

Centre for East European Studies informs about the resumption of the recruitment  and thus the restoration of the possibility of using the scholarship under the government-sponsored Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Program. It is intended for Belarusian citizens.

All the persosns who need such support please contact at

Documents should be sent to the Program Office:

  • directly via the e-mail
  • through diplomatic missions of the Republic of Poland in Belarus
  • Committee “Salidarnasc” in Minsk

Contact and information:

The Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Program Office
University of Warsaw
ul. Oboźna 7, III p., lok. 55
Phone: +48 (22) 552 18 88
Fax: +48 (22) 552 18 87

More information about the recruitment process, application deadlines, responsibilities and amount of scholarships here.

Semper Polonia Scholarships

The Semper Polonia Foundation scholarships are available to candidates with Polish roots studying at universities in their own countries. The scholarship program aims to:

  • support the educational and professional activity of Poles and individuals with Polish roots living abroad;
  • use the experience of young graduates with Polish roots to promote Polish economic and cultural achievements and to develop contacts between Poland and their states of residence;
  • foster the emergence of Polish lobby groups in the recipients’ countries.

Contact and information:
Dorota Guz
Phone: +48 (22) 828 18 21 w. 106

More information about the recruitment process, application deadlines, responsibilities and amount of scholarships here.

The Kosciuszko Foundation awards scholarships to young students and academics from Poland and the United States, organizes academic exchanges, and promotes understanding of Polish culture and history in the United States. The scholarships support both academic education and research and are available to students and academics who are American citizens.

Contact and information:

The Kosciuszko Foundation
ul. Nowy Świat 4/118
00-497 Warsaw, Poland
Phone/Fax: + 48 (22) 621 7067

Visegrad Scholarship Program (VSP) is a program created by the International Visegrad Fund to facilitate student exchange by providing students and academics who are nationals of the V4 countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), as well as nationals of the V4 neighboring  countries, with financial support.
Visegrad scholarships are awarded for 5 months (1 semester) or 10 months (2 semester) for Master’s, Doctoral and Postgraduate studies as well as scientific research. It is possible to prolong the stay.   
Scholarship schemes:

  • Intra-Visegrad scholarships: for outstanding students and scholars within the V4 countries,
  • In-Coming scholarships: for outstanding students and scholars from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine who wish to study in the V4 member countries.

Contact and information:

Interna­tional Viseg­rad Fund
Kráľovské údolie 8
811 02 Bratislava
Slo­vak Republic
Phone: +421 259 203 811, –802
Fax: +421 259 203 805
E-mail: viseg­rad­

The Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission is an educational foundation, which administers the Fulbright Program in Poland. We also run an EducationUSA Advising Center, where Polish students can receive information and advice about studies in the U.S.

FULBRIGHT PROGRAM regulations here


The Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission
K.I. Gałczyńskiego 4
00-362 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 628 79 50
Fax: +48 22 628 79 43

The scholarship holder will be given the opportunity to conduct academic research in Poland during the 2017/2018 academic year in collaboration with the University of Warsaw or with another Polish university, in the field of law, political science or contemporary history. The goal of the scholarship is to promote democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and the respect of law in international relations.
The scholarship is open to candidates who hold a master’s degree or equivalent, and have successfully defended their doctoral thesis (or have other significant academic achievements) or have accomplished works of significant importance in the public interest, especially in the area of promoting democracy and the rule of law.
The research grant is intended to finance a three-month or shorter visit to Poland, that will have the same purpose and will be organized in the same way as the research work in Poland financed by the scholarship.

Candidate selection criteria

Applications are welcomed from candidates from any of the countries listed in the title of the present announcement, except Poland. The scholarship and the research grant are open to candidates who hold a master’s degree or equivalent, and:

  • have successfully defended their doctoral thesis (or have significant academic achievements)or
  • have accomplished works of significant importance in the public interest, especially in the area of promoting democracy and the rule of law.

Preference will be given to candidates who are under forty years of age.
Proficiency in foreign languages, particularly English, will be an important selection criterion.
Proficiency in Polish is desired. If the scholarship holder has no sufficient knowledge of Polish, he/she will undergo an intensive Polish language course in the period immediately before the beginning of the academic year (in August and in September). If the grantee needs a Polish language course, the Foundation will organize the course during his/her academic visit to Poland.

Detailed conditions of the scholarship. The scholarship holder will receive:

  • a total of 28 940 Polish złoty (PLN), payable in monthly instalments, in the case of an 9-month stay in Poland; if the stay lasts for less than 9 months, the amount paid will be proportionally reduced (the scholarship holder will have to pay revenue tax on this money, either in his country of permanent residence or in Poland);
  • free-of-charge accommodation in Warsaw or accommodation expenses during his/her stay in Poland;
  • travel costs for one trip from the place of permanent residence to Warsaw and back; and
  • reimbursement of the cost of insurance covering emergency medical treatment in Poland.

The Foundation will allocate 3212 PLN for the purchase of books or other material useful to the sholarship holder’s research. If the scholarship holder needs an intensive course of Polish, then the Foundation will bear the cost of the course and of board and lodging for the 1- or 2-month duration of the course. The Centre for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw (Studium Europy Wschodniej Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego) will be responsible for coordinating and organizing the stay in Poland of the scholarship holder. The Foundation may cease to deliver the money and services promised if the scholarship holder:

  • fails to complete the intensive course of the Polish language with satisfactory results (except if such a course is not judged necessary by the Foundation);
  • fails to work towards the objectives, for the accomplishment of which the scholarship was granted, in particular, fails to conduct academic research in Poland;
  • fails to purchase insurance covering emergency medical treatment in Poland; or
  • is in gross breach of the principles of academic integrity or of social norms.

Contact and information:

ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
00-927 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: + 48 22 552 2555
Fax: + 48 22 552 2222

More information here.

These  scholarships are funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the framework of the contest “Cooperation with Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad” and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski scholarship fund. Scholarships are available to students of Polish origins studying at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs.
Scholarships may be awarded to students who have not been granted scholarships from other financial sources. Scholarships may be awarded for one semester with a possibility of extending it depending on academic achievement.
Contact and information:
”Polish Community” Association
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 64
00-322 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 556 90 02
Fax: +48 22 556 90 43

Josef Mianowski Foundation announces an open call for the scholarship program “Fellowship Research & Experience”. The scholarship program is dedicated to the people from the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.

The program supports research initiatives aimed at sharing polish experience in implementing system changes, market economy, the rule of law and civil society. Moreover program will conducive to the involvement of foreign scholars in joint research projects with polish partners. Grantees are directed in accordance with the subject of their research to the centers which they wish to cooperate with or jointly implement a research project. Scholarships in Poland last from 2 to 6 months.
More information on the website.

Contact and information:

ul. Nowy Świat 72, pok. 109 A
00-330 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 826 71 74
Fax: +48 22 657 28 11