The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange

NAWA is a new institution that was established on October 1st, 2017. It is set up to coordinate state activities driving the process of internationalization of Polish academic and research institutions. The mission of NAWA is to foster the development of Poland in the area of science and higher education.

Objectives and directions of NAWA’s activities in the period 2021–2027:

  • enhancing international cooperation of scientists within the Polish system of science and higher education
  • nhancing international cooperation of Polish universities and scientific institutions
  • ncreasing the number of outstanding foreign students at Polish universities
  • isseminating information about the Polish system of tertiary education and science
  • xpanding the international community of people familiar with the Polish language and culture

K. KALINOWSKI Scholarship

The scholarship program is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Science.

In 2006, the Program Office was established at the Center for Eastern European Studies at the University of Warsaw, whose task is to keep documentation of scholarship holders, monitor their education, and the fate of graduates.

Scholarship holders of the Program may be Belarusian citizens who do not have the citizenship of the Republic of Poland, who were expelled from Belarusian universities for political reasons in the year of recruitment or the year preceding it, and are unable to study in Belarus for political reasons, as well as graduates of the independent Jakub Kolas in high school.

Knowledge of the Polish language is not a condition for obtaining a scholarship. The Scholarship Program of the Government of the Republic of Poland Konstanty Kalinowski provides for sending, before starting studies, all admitted people to a Polish language course (except for people whose language proficiency is confirmed by an appropriate certificate).

Candidates are selected by the Qualification Committee, composed of academics and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Science. The Commission prepares a ranking list of candidates for the Program approved by the Program Coordinator.

The Gen. Anders Programme

Scholarships for the Polish diaspora are addressed to foreigners of Polish origin. They 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 are eligible to start their 1st and 2nd degree studies as well as single master degree studies– in case of 1st degree studies and master degree studies, they may undertake their studies 2 years after the matriculation exam at the latest, and in case of II degree studies – two years after the completion of I degree studies at the latest.

This year’s applications for first-degree and uniform Master’s degree studies may be submitted also by holders of Polish and foreign citizenship who completed their entire secondary school education outside of Poland.

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.

Doctoral Scholarship at UKW

Everyone accepted to the Doctoral School (except for PhD students holding a doctor's title) receives a doctoral scholarship for not more than four years of their education.

These doctoral scholarships are exempt from tax, but are subject to pension and retirement contribution (social insurance contribution).

Doctoral scholarship amounts:

  • PLN 2 667,70 gross (about PLN 2 367 net) per month during the first two years of study (before a mid-term evaluation)
  • PLN 4 109,70 gross (about PLN 3 646 net) per month during the next two years (after the mid-term evaluation)

PhD student with disabilities receives a doctoral scholarship increased by 30% of the basic amount (before the mid-term evaluation).