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National Science Centre’s (NCN) PRELUDIUM grant

All persons of any nationality who are doctoral students at a Polish academic institution are eligible for a PRELUDIUM research grant. You can apply for a 12-, 24- or 36-month project, each with its own maximum funding (70,000, 140,000 or 210,000 PLN respectively and as of 2023). Your remuneration as the PI (Principal Investigator) will amount to 1,500 PLN per month. Your PhD supervisor will act as the project mentor (no remuneration involved). If awarded the grant, you will have to reside in Poland for at least 50% of the project duration.

Calls for PRELUDIUM usually open in March each year and the deadline is in June. Every NCN grant follows a specific grant application structure and is submitted through an online submission system.

Please check the most recent PRELUDIUM call on NCN’s website for more information (https://www.ncn.gov.pl/en)


Fulbright Junior Research Award

Doctoral students who are Polish citizens without a dual Polish-US citizenship are eligible to apply for a Fulbright research stay of 4-10 months in a US academic institution of their choosing. The award covers university fees, living expenses, travel allowance, family allowance, and medical insurance, and is calculated individually based on length of stay and location.

The Kościuszko Foundation’s Exchange Program to the US

Doctoral students who are Polish citizens or “Karta Polaka” holders residing in Poland are eligible for The Kosciuszko Foundation’s Grant for graduate research stays of 3-6 months in a US academic institution of their choosing. Contrary to Fulbright, The Kościuszko Foundation does not cover medical insurance.

NAWA – Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange

Research fellowships of 3 to 24 months for doctoral students in any foreign institution of their choosing (no restrictions regarding countries where the host institution is based). Covers mobility allowance, living expenses, additional expenses for accompanying spouses and children or for an assistant accompanying a research fellow with disability.

Short term grants for doctoral students looking to gain research experience in one of the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (University of Pristina).


Doctoral stipends in other NCN projects

Advanced scholars who are PIs of NCN grants often hire graduate students. All job openings created by NCN projects are posted on this site: https://www2.ncn.gov.pl/baza-ofert/ Click “Pokaż wszystkie oferty pracy” to see the complete list and scroll for relevant job openings (some of them are in English).

Akademicka Baza Ogłoszeń

Polish academic institutions looking to hire research assistants often post their job openings to these websites: https://bazaogloszen.nauka.gov.pl/ Most of these job openings are in Polish.