We are opening the call for applications under the Gen. Anders Programme for first-degree studies and uniform Master’s degree studies or for second-degree studies at Polish universities.
Anders NAWA is a scholarship programme dedicated to young people of Polish origin who would like to take up full-time first-degree, second-degree or uniform Master’s degree studies in Polish at a Polish university.
A novelty in this year’s call is a broader group of eligible candidates. So far, the programme was open to persons who had documented their Polish origin or held the Card of the Pole (Karta Polaka). 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.
The programme covers a monthly scholarship amounting to between PLN 1,250 to PLN 1,700, depending on the level of studies.
The studies may be preceded by a yearly preparatory course in Poland (likewise with a scholarship). The purpose of the course is to improve the students’ command of Polish and their knowledge in the area of their future studies.
Participation in the Anders NAWA Programme is a symbolic return of the young members of the Polish diaspora to their fatherland and an opportunity for them to get to know Poland’s culture and history. The beneficiaries emphasise that the financial support enables them to focus entirely on studying and developing their interests.
The scholarship under the Gen. Anders Programme allows me to focus completely on my studies and on my extracurricular development. Since I don’t have to devote a portion of my time to work, I can pursue my interests, refine selected competences or participate in various types of voluntary service. In addition, I don’t need to worry about my livelihood, which is a source of considerable psychological comfort, says Marta Faustyna Chmielewska, a scholarship holder from Lithuania.
Youliya Zhitukhina chose to study at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She comes from Kazakhstan and believes that thanks to the Gen. Anders Programme, Poles from all over the world have a chance to return to their fatherland. They can study, work, travel, and make their dreams come true. And all of that at home, in Poland!
For Janaina Faganello from Brazil, taking part in the programme was a part of her family tradition. She was inspired to apply to a Polish university and to look for support from the Gen. Anders Programme by her siblings, who are likewise NAWA’s beneficiaries: My sister and brother, who completed their studies and graduated with Master’s degrees under the same programme, have been my greatest supporters. Poland gave them a chance not only to gain higher education, but also to work and develop successful professional careers. They are my greatest inspiration. I follow in their footsteps on this fantastic path thanks to the opportunities Poland gave us through the Gen. Anders Programme.
Applications under this year’s call for applications may be submitted until 18 May 2021 via NAWA’s IT system – SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
First-degree and uniform Master’s degree studies – Call for Applications and Regulations
Second-degree studies – Call for Applications and Regulations
Watch the debate titled ‘We are waiting for the Polish diaspora. Chances, Barriers, Dilemmas,’ organised by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange and the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily newspaper – here