Scholarships delivered by the government of Poland

Here you can find a list of scholarships provided by the Government of Poland. All below-mentioned scholarships (except for Kalinowski Programme) are granted by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) – newly set up institution to coordinate state activities driving the process of internationalization of Polish academic and research institutions.

Scholarships for the Polish diaspora (gen. Anders Scholarship Programme) are addressed to foreigners of Polish origin – nationals of: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Rumania, Slovakia, Hungary, countries of former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, USA, Russia and countries of Central Asia and Caucasus, Latin America and Africa. The scholarships enable young people of Polish origin and holders of the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka) to study in Poland  (full-time programmes, in the Polish language) in higher education institutions supervised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Foreigners who have documented their Polish origin and holders of the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka – holders of Karta Polaka does not need to document their Polish origin) are eligible to start their first (bachelor) and second (master) degree studies as well as single master degree studies– in case of first (bachelor) degree studies and master degree studies, they may undertake their studies 2 years after the matriculation exam at the latest, and in case of second (master) degree studies – two years after the completion of first (bachelor) degree studies at the latest and they cannot be older than 26.

Approved candidates may participate in one-year preparatory course before the beginning of their studies.

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

Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Programme is the largest programme in Europe for young Belarusians who have not been able to study in their country because of their political views. It helps Belarusian students to get access to the best Polish universities and promotes European values. The programme offers scholarships for bachelor, master and doctoral studies as well as research internships and postgraduate studies in all fields of studies. The Konstanty Kalinowski Scholarship Programme is coordinated by the Programme Bureau at the Centre for East European Studies at  University of Warsaw.

Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange 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.

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 Polish in the field of engineering and technical, agricultural, applied and life sciences at public universities subordinate to the Minister of Science and Higher Education, benefiting from an exemption from university fees and a monthly Scholarship from NAWA to cover the living allowance 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 Programme covers an obligatory 1-month language and adaptation course with a scholarship or a 1-year preparatory course with a scholarship, preceding the studies in Poland. The course aims to improve the participants’ knowledge of the Polish language and their knowledge on the subjects related to the course of their future studies. The costs of the courses and scholarships during the course will also be covered by NAWA as part of the budget for scholarship programmes.

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 public higher education institutions.

The list of public universities supervised by the competent Minister of higher education is available here.

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:

Australia the Netherlands New Zealand
Austria Ireland Portugal
Belgium Iceland Romania
Bulgaria Israel Singapore
Croatia Japan Slovakia
Chile Canada Slovenia
Cyprus Republic of Korea Switzerland
the Czech Republic Liechtenstein Sweden
Denmark Lithuania Uruguay
Estonia Luxembourg USA
Finland Latvia Hungary
France Malta Italy
Greece Germany the United Kingdom
Spain Norway

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 planned to be implemented as part of a non-competition project under the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development, co-financed from the European Social Fund.