The program, launched in 2000, aims at sharing Polish experiences in transformation with students from Eastern Europe the Caucasus and Central Asia with two semester complementary studies at Polish universities. Under individual study programs, Lane Kirkland scholarship holders study selected aspects of such fields as economics and management, public administration and business, law, social and political sciences.
Since 2017, part of scholarships under Kirkland Program are financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.
Currently, the program is addressed to candidates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan who represent the following environments:
- 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;
Fields of study
- Economics and Management
- Administration / Management in business, NGOs, culture, education and healthcare
- Public Administration (Central and Local Government Administration)
- Social Sciences (Social Psychology, Sociology)
- Political Science, Journalism, and International Relations
- Environment and Climate Protection
- Security and Cybersecurity
- Crisis management
- Development Policy and Humanitarian Aid
- Areas related to the future reconstruction of Ukraine, e.g., urban planning, civil engineering, forensic science, etc.
- Citizenship and permanent residence in one of the target countries (holders of a Polish residence card, and people living or working in Poland when applying for a scholarship are ineligible; however, this criterion does not apply to Belarusian citizens living in Poland who arrived in Poland after August 2020, or to Ukrainian citizens who found themselves in Poland after 24 February 2022 – such persons may apply for Kirkland scholarships)
- Full university education – completed Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, consisting of a minimum of four years of degree study
- Up to 40 years of age
- At least two years of professional experience
- At least two years break from participation in a previous scholarship abroad that was longer than 6 months. This does not apply to candidates from Ukraine, or, in individual cases, from Belarus.
Preferred are candidates who:
- are active in their professional and social environments,
- have significant achievements,
- have not studied in Poland yet.
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2023.