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Funding Opportunities

Polish Century Club Exploratory Research Fellowship

The Polish Century Club Exploratory Fellowship is open to MA and PhD students in the first two years of their study at Indiana University and provides $1000 for research in Poland. The primary purpose of the grant is to support early stage research, inluding making contacts with academics and other experts with knowledge relevant to the purposed research. Language study is also encouraged as a secondary activity.
A student who has been accepted to the exchange with the University of Warsaw or Jagiellonian University may receive the fellowship in order to prolong the stay in Poland for purposes of research or for additional language study. A summer language program may also be combined with the exploratory research in Poland. Students with limited prior experience in Poland are particularly encouraged to apply. Flyer announcement available here

Application deadline is February 1, 2015. Application materials should be electronically to the Polish Studies Center at A complete application will consist of:

  • a research statement, not to exceed 500 words;
  • a letter of support from the student's advisor;
  • an unofficial transcript;
  • recommended: indication of mentoring support at a Polish institution. This might include emails from scholars in Poland and/or detailed information from the student's advisor.

Samuel and Alicja Fiszman Scholarship for Undergraduate Study in Poland

The Samuel and Alicja Fiszman Scholarship is open to any student at Indiana University-Bloomington who intends to pursue study in Poland on an IU-approved, credit-bearing overseas study program in Warsaw or Kraków. In 2014-15, the scholarship award is $5000.

Students applying should have completed at least one year of study in the Polish language, and have junior or senior standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application deadline for Academic Year 2015-2016 TBA. Application materials should be sent to the Polish Studies Center, at A completed application will consist of:

  • a letter of application, explaining the applicant’s interest in Polish Studies, and discussing how study abroad will contribute to the realization of the student’s goals;
  • an unofficial IU transcript;
  • a letter of recommendation from a professor familiar with the student’s work. This last should be sent separately by the professor.

Applications will be reviewed by the PSC Fellowship Committee; an announcement of the winner will be made by late March.

Polish Studies Center Travel Grants:

Two grants of up to $500 in support of travel are available to graduate students and faculty of Indiana University, and an individual may receive one grant during a given academic year.

  • One student award per year is available to enable a graduate student to make a presentation at a scholarly conference on a topic related to Polish Studies, either in the United States or abroad; as a second option, the grant may be used to support research-related travel to Poland.
  • One faculty award per year is available to enable a faculty member to attend and make a presentation at a conference located in Europe, or outside North America, on a topic related to Polish Studies. It would also support IU faculty to deliver talks related to Polish Studies at a Polish university or research institute. The faculty grant is not available to Polish Studies Center Exchangees nor to IU Visiting Scholars.

Opportunities through the Indiana University Office of the Vice President for International Affairs:

  • Indiana University Short-term Faculty Exchange Program in Poland
    Each year the Office of the Vice President for Intarnational Affairs recruits faculty members and librarians for short-term (minimum of one month) assignments at partner institutions abroad during the calendar year. Partner institutions in Poland include Warsaw University and Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
  • Indiana University Graduate Student Exchange Program in Poland
    The Office of the Vice Presiden for International Affairs maintains exchange agreements that provide a variety of opportunities for Indiana University graduate students to conduct research, study, and teach at selected partner institutions abroad. Brief information about partner institutions in Poland follows.
  • Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
    One-semester position (fall 2009 or spring 2010) for study or research in any academic field that can be accommodated at Jagiellonian University. Jagiellonian will cover the costs of attending the university plus room and board. A travel stipend will be provided by the Office of the Vice Presiden for International Affairs. Please visit the Jagiellonian University web site.
  • Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
    Academic year or semester position (summer 2009, fall 2009, spring 2010) for study or research in any academic field that can be accommodated at Warsaw University. Warsaw will cover costs of attending the university plus room and board. A travel stipend will be provided by the Office of the Vice Presiden for International Affairs. Please visit the Warsaw University web site.

    Interested individuals should contact:

    Shawn Reynolds,
    Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
    Bryan Hall 104, Bloomington, IN 47405
    Phone: (812) 856-9024,
    Information and application materials are also available at the OVPIA web page.

Funding Opportunities through the Russian and East European Institute

Funding Opportunities through the Institute for European Studies

Polish Studies Opportunities through Non-IU Organizations:

  • The Kosciuszko Foundation
    This site thoroughly outlines a variety of scholarship categories and application procedures. Please visit the Kosciuszko Foundation scholarship page.
  • The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America
    This site lists scholarship information on their "What's New" page. Please visit the PIASA web site.
  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic & East European Languages
    This organization has a professional development page which provides information on fellowships, grants, and internships. Please visit the AATSEEL web site.
  • The American Council for Polish Culture
    This organization aims to create a network of affiliated Polish-American cultural organizations and therefore provides scholarship information from a variety of regional organizations in the US. Please visit the ACPC web site.
  • Polish American Congress
    This organization generated a large list of scholarship opportunities, primarily for students of Polish descent. The website is old with many out-of-date links, but it could provide some leads on where to look.