Youth Takes the Stage in the Caucasus
April 19, 2017
Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)
February 25, 2019

THE LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIPS in Poland in the 2019-20 academic year

The Program is addressed to young leaders and experts, holding Master’s (or equivalent) university degrees, who are determined to be actively involved in the development of democracy, economy and civil society in their countries and the region. The program includes two semesters of study at Polish universities (in Warszawa, Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań and Lublin) and two or more weeks professional internships in public and private institutions. The candidates who are planning to return to their countries of origin after the scholarship program for the purpose of implementing the newly acquired knowledge therein are welcome to submit their applications.
FIELDS: -Economics and management -Administration / management (business, NGO, culture, environmental protection, health care, education) -Public administration (government and local government) -Law -Social science (Social Psychology, Sociology) -Political science and international relations -Journalism -Development policy and Humanitarian Aid
Receiving a diploma is conditional on preparing and defending diploma thesis. Diploma thesis shall be of theoretical or practical character. FINANCIAL INFORMATION: - Monthly stipend paid to Kirkland grantees for nine months: 1800 PLN/month. - Free of charge access to academic courses is free of charge In addition, the Program administrator provides the following (worth approx. 4200 PLN/month): - Accommodation in Poland during nine months - Health insurance for medical outpatient care, treatment costs in case of emergency and civil liability insurance - one return ticket to Poland (up to agreed amount) - public transportation cards; - visa costs - research materials (up to 2700/year) - Participation in the orientation program and grantees conventions, - Polish language course (October- May). SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: • Inauguration of the Program (mid-Sept 2019) • Orientation (10 days) • Classes at universities (two semesters) in leading Polish academic centers, such as Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań, Lublin or Wrocław • Preparation of two semester papers and one diploma paper • Four conventions of all Kirkland grantees in different cities in Poland • Personal development and animation activities • 2-4 weeks of professional internship (usually upon completion of the academic program) • Closing ceremony – final diplomas (end of June 2020) CANDIDATES: The Kirkland scholarships are addressed to individuals who represent the following professional groups: • civil servants, employees of central and local government institutions • lawyers • entrepreneurs, • managers in business, NGOs, culture, education, environmental protection, healthcare • leaders of non-governmental organizations, animators in culture and civic activity • academic teachers • journalists ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: • Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the targeted countries (holders of permanent residence card in Poland and people living or working in Poland when applying for a scholarship are ineligible) • Master’s degree • Up to 35 years of age (in special cases up to 40) • At least 2 years of professional experience • At least two years between any previous foreign scholarships (lasting longer than 6 months) and your application • Polish language proficiency adequate to effectively attend lectures and seminars as well as to prepare a diploma project. During the interview candidates are required to speak Polish at least at the B1 level. • Studies within the Kirkland Program are realised in Polish or English (studies in English are not possible for candidates from Belarus and Ukraine), however, only in Polish it is possible to fully use the educational offer at Polish universities and the professional internship offered in program. Candidates from Belarus and Ukraine and the others planning to study in Polish, at the start of the scholarship must demonstrate knowledge of the Polish language at a level that allows the use of academic activities and allowing the writing of a diploma thesis (B2). During the interview, knowledge of Polishis is advisable at least at level B1. Candidates who pass the qualification in terms of content, but do not know Polish well enough, will have the opportunity to continue learning the language (the Program Administrator provides study materials) and pass the language exam organized at the turn of July and August 2019. Candidates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan planning to study in English are required to indicate a specific educational offer in that language in the above-mentioned five academic centers. These persons are required , during the interview, to speak English at least at B2 level and have the basic knowledge of the Polish language - A1 level. Candidates who pass the qualification in terms of content, but not sufficiently know Polish, have the opportunity to continue learning the language (Administrator provides study materials) and pass the language exam organized at the turn of July and August 2019.) PREFERENCES: Candidates actively working in their professional and social fields Candidates who have significant achievements Candidates who have not studied in Poland before Candidates choosing to study in Polish REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: 1. Application form on-line a) detailed personal questionnaire b) proposed program of study in Poland explaining the purpose of participation in the Kirkland Program and including the future plans connected with its completion (not exceeding 4,000-6,000 characters with spaces) 2. Two letters of reference (using the form: in Polish, English or Russian), describing the achievements and qualifications of the candidate as well as the expectations connected with the candidate’s further development and work in her/his professional or social field – to be submitted by e-mail 3. Copy of Master’s degree diploma (or PhD diploma) – to be submitted by e-mail SELECTION PROCESS: Approximately 45 best individuals will be selected in a 3-stage evaluation process of candidates: I. Review of applications with regard to eligibility criteria II. Review of candidates’ proposed projects of study by independent experts III. Interviews (planned on 30 March-30 April 2019) The candidates advanced to the third stage will be notified by e-mail or phone. Information on the final nominations will be mailed to the candidates in June 2019. Deadline: 01.03.2019 More Information: If you have any questions please contact: Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) is pleased to announce new programme for incoming researchers: The Ulam Programme. The objective of The Ulam Programme is to help foreign researchers to develop their career by intensifying international mobility as well as will allow them to establish scientific cooperation with excellent host institutions in Poland. A proposal may be submitted only by a person who holds a doctoral degree. Activities to be carried out during the scholarship may include: conducting research and/or development work post-doctoral training obtaining materials for scientific work or publication conducting didactic classes at the host centre Visits within the programme can last from 6 to 24 months. The Programme provides financing for a scholarship covering both the Beneficiary’s allowance costs in relation to their stay at a host institution, in an amount of PLN 10,000 a month, and a mobility allowance. In order to submit an application, one shall register an application in the ICT system of the Agency and send electronically the completed application together with the necessary attachments. The call for proposals is open from 22nd January to 23rd April 2019. More information: If you have any questions please contact: Final Evaluation Conference "Triangle of Participation - Young Leaders - Youth NGOs - Local Municipalities" in Georgia - a capacity building project for five organisations from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Finland and Sweden. The project aims to develop innovative and collaborative practices between organizations active in the field of youth, enterprises, public authorities and civil society organizations active in different socio-economic sectors on one hand, and at the same time encourage and motivate young people to increase their active participation on decision-making process on the local and national level in their countries and develop long and short-term strategies and policies with their involvement. Through multi-sectorial cooperation - transnational, intercultural, cross-sectoral, cross-policy, cross-institutional and creating synergies between formal, non-formal and informal education and methodologies the project connects 5 countries via different mobility and capacity building activities. The Conference is open for youngsters who has participated in other stages of the project. Dates: 14.02.2019-16.02.2019. More info: triangle If you have any questions please contact: