The ceremony of closing the 2021/2022 academic year round of Kirkland Research (KRES) scholarship program took place at the Center for East European Studies, University of Warsaw on January 28, 2022.
The scholarship holders presented the results of projects carried out by them over their 4-month-long research internship at Polish Universities, and next the representatives of Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Leaders of Change Foundation and the Center for East European Studies presented them with diplomas.
The ceremony was attended by the members of Warsaw group of Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program and a scholarship holder of a special round of Kirkland Research for researchers coming from Belarus who will start her studies in 2021/22 summer semester.
The Kirkland Research round ended by the ceremony was attended by four scholarship holders – one from Russia, one from Georgia and two from Ukraine who joined now a group of 32 KRES alumni.
Launched in 2016, Kirkland Research is an offer of one-semester research internships for academics with established position in the countries covered by Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program. Under the eye of their tutors, they prepare a paper presenting the results of their research work carried out under the scholarship program.
The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program was launched in 2000; its objective is to share Polish experience in political transformation and EU integration with people coming from the countries of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia who study at the two-semester supplementary courses at selected Polish universities. At present the program is addressed to candidates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Each year some 45 scholarship holders participate in the program. Over the years 2000-2021 the program was completed by a total of 940 people from 13 countries.