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Exchange to USA Fellowships/Grants 2018-2019

June 30, 2017

Exchange to USA Fellowships/Grants 2018-2019

Polish Citizens conducting the advanced study, research and/or teaching in u.s.


The Kosciuszko Foundation annually awards a number of Fellowships/Grants to Poles for advanced study, research, and/or teaching at universities and other institutions of higher learning in the United States.

The Foundation provides a cost-of-living stipend, which includes transatlantic travel, housing allowance, health and accident insurance coverage, and (when warranted) domestic travel.

There is no allowance for dependents (spouse and children). Recipients are solely responsible for all expenses of accompanying dependents.

There are no restrictions to fields of study/research.

Awards generally range from $7,650 to $25,500 (for Teaching Fellowships) depending on award category and duration of stay.

Most candidates can expect a stay of up 3 to 5 months. 

10-month programs are for Teaching Fellowships with the Foundation's partner universities in the U.S. If you are interested in becoming a Polish Studies Teaching Fellow, please email warsaw@thekf.org.

The start date for 2018-2019 applications is July 3, 2017.

The application deadline for 2018-2019 is Sunday, October 15, 2017, midnight - EST time zone. 

Please have recommendation letters forwarded via email to Ms. Urszula Urban, uurban@thekf.org. Receipt of recommendation letters will be confirmed via email within the next few days.

January 2018 - the KF Committee will choose applicants for interviews in Warsaw. All chosen applicants will be informed and invited for their sessions accordingly.

March - April 2018 - the interviews in Warsaw will be organized by our KF Scholarship Committee. 

Mid-May 2018 - the KF Committee will decide who receive grants, scholarships. All applicants will be informed about the results accordingly.

Currently, the Kosciuszko Foundation's Exchange Program to the U.S. has 3 award categories:

Fellowships: awarded to successful candidates with doctoral degrees, including postgraduate scholars, professionals, or artists. 

Grants: awarded to candidates without doctoral degrees.

Teaching Fellowships: University faculty members with teaching assignments at U.S. universities, in addition to individual research projects.

Only Polish citizens permanently residing in Poland are eligible. This program is NOT for Poles residing outside of Poland, or those residing temporarily outside of Poland, whether or not engaged in research/study.

Dual citizens (the United States and Poland) as well as individuals holding the United States permanent residency status (green card) are not eligible. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Applicants must hold an M.A. or M.S. degree prior to the commencement date of the award. Preference is given to doctoral or postdoctoral candidates. Current academic affiliation is required in all cases and must be documented with a certificate from an institution of academic employment/study.

Applicants must have strong English language proficiency in order to carry out their proposed projects. English proficiency will be assessed during personal interviews in Warsaw.

The Foundation does not support short-term academic visits to deliver a paper at a conference or take part in a seminar or training.

The Foundation does not subsidize any publications via this type of scholarship.



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Founded in 1925, the Kosciuszko Foundation promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. It awards up to $1 million annually in fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals, and artists, and promotes Polish culture in America. The Foundation has awarded scholarships and provided a forum to Poles who have changed history.