SPECIAL EDITION OF THE KIRKLAND RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR CANDIDATES FROM BELARUS!!!
The Program's offer
The following benefits are offered under the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program:
Moreover, the Program Administrator provides the following services (the total amount of which is about PLN 4,200 a month):
Under the Kirkland Research Program, the following benefits are offered:
Moreover, the Program Administrator provides the following services (the total amount of which is about PLN 4,500 a month):
Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawiesgh.waw.pl
Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiegosggw.pl
Krajowa Szkoła Administracji Publicznej (KSAP)ksap.gov.pl
Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnejaps.edu.pl
Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiegohttps://uksw.edu.pl/
Szkoła Główna Służby Pożarniczejsgsp.edu.pl
Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinieumcs.lublin.pl
Terms and conditions of recruitment
Scholarships under the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program and the Kirkland Research Program are awarded in the course of a competition announced every year in December. Applications are to be submitted until March 1st. The programs are addressed at young leaders with higher education interested in fostering democracy, economy and civic society in their home countries and in the region. The competition is addressed at applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Ideal candidates are persons who have decided that following the completion of the scholarship, they want to return to their home country in order to implement the knowledge gained during the scholarship or a project prepared as part of it.
More info about current recruitment: SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION 2021/2022
Fields of study available to the grantees of the Kirkland Program and the Kirkland Research Program:
- Economics and management
- Business management, NGOs, culture, education, environmental protection, healthcare
- Public administration (government and local government)
- Social Sciences (Social Psychology, Sociology)
- Political science and international relations
- Development policy and humanitarian aid
- Environmental protection
- Security issues
- Crisis management
The final project prepared during the scholarship may be of either scientific or practical nature.
The Kirkland scholarships are addressed to individuals who represent the following professional groups:
- civil servants, employees of central and local government institutions
- managers in business, NGOs, culture, education, environmental protection, healthcare
- leaders of non-governmental organizations, animators in culture and civic activity
- academic teachers
Formal criteria under the Kirkland Program:
Studies under the Kirkland Program may be carried out either in Polish or in English. Courses in English are not available for candidates coming from Belarus and Ukraine. Command of Polish facilitates maximum utilization of the educational offer at Polish universities and during internships. For this reason, candidates from Belarus and Ukraine, as well as the remaining candidates planning to study in Polish must have a level of Polish (B2) allowing for taking part in academic courses and preparing a final project upon the commencement of the scholarship. During the interview candidates are expected to represent at least a level of Polish equivalent to B1. Candidates without sufficient command of Polish but who received a high technical rating, may improve their score in Polish by taking a text in mid-June. Depending on the outcome of the examination, they may be awarded with the scholarship.
Candidates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan planning to carry out studies in English are obliged to indicate in their application form specific courses offered in this language at one of five academic centers enumerated above. Those persons are obliged to represent at least B2 level of English and basic command of Polish (A1) at the interview. Candidates who are found to represent proper technical level at the interview but whose command of Polish will be insufficient will have the opportunity to continue their language learning (Program Operator ensures learning aids) and take a language test in mid-June. Depending on the outcome of the examination, they may be awarded with the scholarship.
Rewarded characteristics and achievements:
The Kirkland Research Program is directed to experienced academic employees holding a Ph.D. and with documented scientific publications.
Formal criteria under the Kirkland Research Program:
- citizenship and permanent residence in one of the countries included in the Program, (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan);
- up to 45 years of age;
- a Ph. D. degree (Candidate of Sciences);
- at least 4 years of experience in scientific work;
- at least 2 years must have elapsed from their previous foreign scholarship whose duration was longer than 6 months;
- scientific achievements, including publications;
- command of Polish equivalent to at least B2.
The offer is targeted at candidates who have not participated in the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program yet, have not completed Ph.D. studies in Poland and do not lecture at a Polish university.
A completed online application form:
- personal data information sheet,
- reasons why the candidate wants to participate in the Program; a project of stay containing an outline of the paper to be prepared as a result of the scholarship as well as plans to use the knowledge gained in Poland (4000-6000 chars with spaces).
Two letters of reference (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. The letters of reference must not be written by family members, spouses or partners of candidates.
Copy of Master’s degree diploma (or PhD diploma) – to be submitted by e-mail.
Is it possible for college seniors to apply for the Kirkland Program? Will I meet the formal criteria if I am awarded a BA or MA degree by the end of the current academic year?
NO. A formal requirement for participation at the Kirkland Program is at least a Bachelor’s diploma at the time of filing an application. It is obligatory to complete full course of study, for which the BA or MA degree is awarded, before applying.
Do the candidates applying for the study program in English should know the Polish language as well?
YES. The candidates applying for the study programs in English should find a specific program in this language at one of the Polish universities and should know Polish at a basic level, i.e. be able to understand spoken and written Polish as well as be able to communicate in everyday life situations during their stay.
Where can I find information about universities and educational programs which they offer?
Information about educational programs (including English-language ones) can be found on the websites of Polish universities. Below are the addresses of the universities with which the Program most often cooperates:
- Uniwersytet Warszawski – www.uw.edu.pl
- Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie – www.sgh.waw.pl
- Szkoła Główna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego – www.sggw.pl
- Uniwersytet Jagielloński – www.uj.edu.pl
- Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie – www.nowa.uek.krakow.pl
- Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza w Krakowie – www.agh.edu.pl
- Uniwersytet Wrocławski – www.uni.wroc.pl
- Uniwersytet Marii Curie Skłodowskiej w Lublinie – www.umcs.lublin.pl
What should the "Project Statement " contain?
The program of study is a very important part of the application form and should include, among other things, the following information:
- Main purpose of the scholarship program and its relevance to the candidate’s previous experience
- Proposed program and city of affiliation in Poland
- Proposed type of professional internship and educational institution, where the candidate would like to pursue his/her internship
- Significance of the scholarship project to the candidate’s professional field, alma mater, country and professional (academic) career
- Plans related to the completion of the proposed project.
Required number of characters “Project Statement”- minimum 4 000, maximum – 6 000.
Is it necessary for the candidate to contact the chosen university when filling out the application form?
Contacting the chosen university is not required at this stage. In the application, the candidate should indicate the institute, department and university where his/her chosen subjects can be studied. The final decision on the place of affiliation of a grantee is made by the Selection Committee at the end of June (the Committee may direct a grantee to a different city of affiliation than the one indicated by him/her in the application form, if it decides that this will be more beneficial for the person in question).
Are the documents confirming professional internship, e.g. a copy of the "employee handbook", required?
No certificates from the workplace are required. It is crucial to write the previous employments in an appropriate field of the application form. The authenticity of the information included in the form is confirmed by the candidate’s signature.
Is student training considered professional experience?
YES, provided that it was full-time training, i.e. 40 hours per week. In such case, the Program may request for the attachment of documents confirming such student training in the required number of hours.
Is it necessary to fill out the form on-line? Is it possible to send the scanned documents via electronic mail?
It is absolutely necessary to fill out the form on-line in order to make the application valid. In case of any technical problems with the form, please contact us at: email@example.com
Is it necessary to send the documents by regular mail or is it enough to send them by e-mail only?
Nothing should be sent by regular post.
Confirmation of the on-line registration containing the candidate’s photograph and signature, the letters of recommendation as well as a copy of the diploma should be scanned and sent via e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important to send the documents in advance so that they reach the Program office by March 1, 2017. The Selection Committee shall examine only those applications that contain the full set of documents.
Is it possible to study subjects other than those provided in the announcement within the framework of the Kirkland Program?
The main objective of the Kirkland Program is to share the experience of the Polish transformation, so only areas related to systemic and economic transformation, listed in the Program announcement, can be studied under the Program
Is the Kirkland Program a degree program?
The Kirkland Program offers a two-semester non-degree study program at universities aimed at expanding the candidate’s knowledge with new experiences. None of the two-semester study programs provided by the Polish public universities offers a possibility of earning an academic degree. The Kirkland Program ends with a diploma of participation and it is of prestigious nature only.
Is it possible for the persons currently studying in Poland to apply for the participation in the Kirkland Program?
The persons who are studying in Poland during the Program selection process are not eligible to apply for the Kirkland scholarships. Candidates must have at least 2 years break after previous foreign scholarship (longer than 6 months).
In what language should the term papers and diploma projects be written?
The first term paper may be written in the language other than Polish, upon consent of the advisor, but the diploma project must be in Polish. The persons pursuing study programs in English, who write all their papers in English, are the exception.
What are the financial conditions of the Program?
The Program offers a stipend of 2000 PLN x 9 months. In addition, the following costs are covered: educational fees, accommodation in Poland, insurance, travel to and from Poland.
How does the selection process look like?
The recruitment process consists of three stages:
Stage I – formal evaluation of applications (checking whether all candidates meet the required formal criteria)
Stage II – substantive evaluation of applications (experts in fields such as economics, law, political science, social science, etc. evaluate the documents submitted by the candidate [the project statement is of particular importance]). Successfully evaluated candidates are invited for interviews. Those invited to the third stage will be notified by email in the second half of March.
Stage III – interviews (are organized online or at diplomatic missions of the Republic of Poland in most countries listed in the announcement, usually in April).
Information about the final results of the competition is sent by e-mail in June.
How should I fill out the application form on-line?
The application form does not have to be filled out in full right away. You can do it in several stages, saving and completing draft versions:
– you enter data into the form
– you save the draft version (make a note of the special code that will allow you to reopen the draft version)
– in order to complete the data you open the draft version and edit the form further
– after carefully checking the data, you register the form and send the application to the Commission (command “Register Form/Submit” at the bottom of the page); after this operation, you cannot change the data. If the project statement does not have at least 4,000 characters with spaces, the form will fail to register; if not all required fields are filled in, the form will also fail to register. If any fields do not apply to the candidate, enter “Not applicable.”
– After registering the form, you receive to the mailing address provided in the form a PDF file for printing; you print and sign it. You add a photo and scan, and email it to us along with your other documents.